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Using Digital Tools to Teach Human Rights

Jo Fisher

by Choices Teaching Fellow Rita Jordan-Keller As an enthusiastic supporter of Choices curriculum, it has been my passion to introduce the many units of Choices to my students with new and innovative approaches. As a Choices Teaching Fellow, it has been exciting to include and expand the uses of technology in various ways to optimize […]

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Scholars at the 2015 Leadership Institute

Jo Fisher

One of the highlights of our Leadership Institute is hearing from Brown University scholars.  This year’s scholar presentations will investigate both the recent history of the Middle East and multiple perspectives on current U.S. policy towards the region. Read on to see who will be joining us this summer. Institute applications are due Monday, March 16th.  […]

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Choices Leadership Institute leads to a 15-hour course for my District

Jo Fisher

By guest blogger Lori Snyder, Choices Teaching Fellow and high school teacher from Longmeadow, MA. I teach Asian Studies and Honors World History at Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow, MA, and I attended the Choices Program’s 2014 summer leadership institute, China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S Response. As a follow up to the […]

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Modifying Choices Materials for all Students

Jo Fisher

By Richard McNeil, Special Education Teacher, Massapequa High School, NY Why Choices? In my eternal search for the perfect combination of informational and awesome, I found the Choices Program: a resource that covers U.S. History, Global History, and current events, utilizing many different perspectives, mediums, and opportunities to help students become active citizens. I could […]

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New Tools for the Options Role Play and Deliberative Dialogue

Jo Fisher

Choices recently reorganized its Teacher Corner web pages.  All of the tools listed below and more can be downloaded from the Teacher Corner and adapted to your classroom. A big thank you to Choices Teaching Fellows Amy Howland and Deb Springhorn for their Common Core-aligned assessments and other valuable Role Play tools. TOOLS FOR ROLE […]

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Choices Teaching Fellow Steve Seltz Wins National Teaching Award

Jo Fisher

Choices Teaching Fellow Steve Seltz, from Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice high school in Brooklyn, NY was awarded a 2014 Teacher Award from the 9/11 Tribute Center in New York. The awards are given to educators who create projects that thoughtfully engaged their students in understanding 9/11 through a variety of disciplines. According […]

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Genocide and The Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Jo Fisher

By Kenneth Hung, Choices Teaching Fellow and high school classroom teacher, Philadelphia, PA I am putting together a unit on Genocide and R2P to be used in my Contemporary World Conflicts class this January.  The goal of the unit is to have students understand and assess whether R2P could have/should be used as a justification […]

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Teaching Critical Reading and Persuasive Writing Skills with Choices’ French Revolution and Haitian Revolution units

Jo Fisher

By guest blogger Amy Howland, Academy of the Pacific Rim teacher and Choices Teaching Fellow I work at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School in Hyde Park, MA.  Our school is small, with just around 200 students in grades 9-12.  Most of our students will become the first to attend college in their […]

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