Introductory Workshop

Teaching About Contested International Issues: An Introduction to Brown University’s Choices Program


Please join us for a two-day introductory workshop to learn how our inquiry approach to controversial issues—both current and historical—can help your students:

build historical thinking skills such as sourcing, contextualization and chronological reasoning;

create persuasive arguments;

analyze evidence to determine fact from opinion; and

build consensus across differences to sharpen civic literacy skills.

Information about other leading history and social studies providers, such as SHEG, the DBQ Project, and SPICE, will also be distributed.

Download Draft Agenda

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Two-year digital license to these curriculum units provided to each participant’s school: Climate Change and Questions of Justice; Confronting Genocide: Never Again; Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi; and Colonization and Independence in Africa.


Appropriate for middle and high school history, social studies and humanities teachers, including AP and IB educators. Pre-registration is required. Early registration is advised.

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Mimi Stephens

Choices Director of Sales and Professional Development
Mimi is the Director of Sales and Professional Development for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.
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