The Immigrant Story [Online]

03/30/2021 - 11:15am to 12:15pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas, Professional Development

Topics: diversity

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 29-July 22, 2021, 9-11 a.m.

Over the last decade, we have watched immigrants victimized endlessly in the news and have seen an increase in nativism in America. As educators, we have the opportunity to change students’ perspective on immigrants by reminding us of our own origin stories and connecting them to those experiencing that same transformation today.

The Immigrant Story uses storytelling to empower both the subject and the interviewer. Centered around students conducting interviews of fellow students and community members, students learn to listen, record faithfully, and elevate the narratives of those in their own community.

Teachers will explore the interview, coding, and writing process of The Immigrant Story by conducting interviews of colleagues in their own school communities who immigrated to the United States. Teachers will discuss the nuts and bolts of managing a complex project in a diverse classroom with differing needs.

This course will leave educators prepared to conduct The Immigrant Story project within their school.

During this course, participants will: - Discuss the imperative to teach for social justice within your own school community - Consider methods to approach controversial and sensitive topics like immigration - Teachers will explore the interview, coding, and writing process of The Immigrant Story by conducting interviews of school colleagues who immigrated to the United States - Troubleshoot the challenges of managing a multi-step project with students - Publish our narratives on The Immigrant Story website


Course Details & Registration Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 29-July 22, 2021, 9-11 a.m. Class will meet virtually June 29, and July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 Instructor: Beth Merrill, MAT Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED 866, 1 semester hour, $350


About the Instructor Beth Merrill has taught social studies at Sunset High School in Beaverton since 2007, engaging students in meaningful identity work to bring about change through collective activism. Beth aims to teach students who they are within their own community and transform them into active participants in our democracy.