Introductory Workshop

Teaching About Resistance and Sovereignty: The Choices Approach

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

This engaging, hands-on workshop will include the following:

INTRODUCTION to the Choices Program’s award-winning resources and approach to teaching about the global effects of colonization, revolution, and independence;

IMMERSION in the Choices unit The Iranian Revolution and sample lessons from the Choices unit on Colonization and Independence in Africa (provided);

TOURS with an Iraqi Global Guide in the Middle East Galleries or with a Congolese Global Guide in the Penn Museum’s newly renovated Africa Galleries paired with an interactive talk about storytelling instruments in South Africa post-apartheid.

Co-Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum, South Asia Center, and Middle East Center.
Register $45Per Person

Cost: $45 for the first 10 people who register, thanks to sponsorship. Regular price is $145.

The workshop fee includes the print format and a one-year Digital Editions license for two Choices Program curriculum units ($100+ value), a certificate of attendance, six Act 48 credits, all workshop materials, lunch, and morning coffee.

Pre-registration is required.

Early registration is recommended.


This interactive workshop is appropriate for middle and high school history, social studies, and humanities teachers, including AP and IB educators.

“Your program was informative, interesting, and helpful.”
– Fred T., History Teacher, Florida


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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