Introductory Workshop

Engaging Students in International Issues: The Choices Approach

8:30 am — 3:00 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Our workshops are interactive, so be ready to be engaged and inspired!

Participants will be completely immersed in two Choices units: The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy and Confronting Genocide: Never Again? as well as two Penn Museum exhibitions, Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, and Bearing Witness: 4 Days in West Kingston.

Co-Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania’s Middle East Center, South Asia Center, and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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Register $145Per Person
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Workshop includes two curriculum units ($80 value), lunch, certificate of attendance, Six Act 48 credits, and all workshop materials. Partial scholarships are available for pre-service teachers and schools sending multiple participants.


History, geography, government, current issues, AP, IB, civics and other social studies educators are the main audience. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.

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Sarah McDowell

Choices Teaching Fellow
Sarah McDowell teaches high school world history and is the chair of the history department at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA.  Sarah has a JD from Georgetown University, a Masters in History from Villanova, and a BA from Connecticut College. Prior to becoming a teacher, Sarah was an attorney for the Public Defender's Office in Portland, Oregon. She was the Assistant Director of the Social Justice Research Academy at the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2017, and is a Brown Choices Teaching Fellow.
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