Immigration Myths and Underemphasized Histories

08/13/2018 - 9:00am to 08/17/2018 - 12:00pm

Grade levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: writing

District/Organization: Lewis & Clark Graduate School - Center for Community Engagement

During this course appropriate for grade 6-12 educators, teachers will challenge the myths around immigration, uncover underemphasized histories of immigration law and policy, and respond to current immigration injustices.

As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie noted in a recent article in The New Yorker:

“Now is the time to counter lies with facts, repeatedly and unflaggingly, while also proclaiming the greater truths: of our equal humanity, of decency, of compassion. Every precious ideal must be reiterated, every obvious argument made, because an ugly idea left unchallenged begins to turn the color of normal. It does not have to be like this.”

Participants will create a lesson about immigration appropriate for their classrooms and walk away with other lessons from colleagues.

** Instructor**: Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, MAT, OWP Teacher Consultant

Guest Presenters: Camila Arze Torres Goitia, Kim Kanof, and Alex Stegner

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CELA 839-TBD, 1 semester hour, $350
Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni receive 20% off.
About the Instructor and Presenters
Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, an 18-year veteran of social studies teaching at Lake Oswego High School, is a regular contributor to Rethinking Schools and the Zinn Education Project. Her articles include “My So-Called Public School,” “Standing with Standing Rock,” and “COINTELPRO: Teaching the FBI’s War on the Black Freedom Movement.” She says, “I wouldn’t trade working with young people for the world.” She appreciates their wit, curiosity, and suspicion of the status quo.

Workshop presenters Camila Arze Torres Goitia and Kim Kanof teach at Madison High School. Alex Stegner teaches at Lincoln High School. All teach social studies and have earned the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing through the Oregon Writing Project.