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4 Action Initiative to Launch Groundbreaking K-12 Curriculum, Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom

4 Action Initiative to Launch Groundbreaking K-12 Curriculum, Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom
July 14 Event at Liberty Science Center Offers Interview
 Opportunities with Educators
from Across New Jersey

July 27, 2011 --- (Jersey City, NJ) For the past three years, members of the 4 Action Initiative have worked to develop a curriculum for teaching one of the most challenging sets of lessons conceivable –-  how to talk to and teach schoolchildren about terrorism.

 

On July 14 at 9:30 am at Liberty Science Center (lsc.org), the 4 Action Initiative will launch Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom, making this vital educational resource available to educators across the state and around the globe.

 

Former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and Acting New Jersey State Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf will make remarks, among others.

 

Initially conceived of by Maryellen Salamone, a co-founder of Families of September 11, the curriculum provides opportunities for teachers to help students to explore one of the most challenging issues facing the world today, and give youngsters the tools needed to take positive action through service and volunteerism.

 

"With the approach of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks this fall,” Ms. Salamone says, “we want to be sure teachers have the resources they need to put the attacks into context and provide a positive approach to addressing student concerns. By helping students examine and understand global terrorism while giving them tools to feel empowered rather than vulnerable, we hope to show them how to build a better future."

 

The volunteer educators who developed the rich lesson plans and curriculum under the guidance of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education utilized new and existing material covering multiple subject areas (history, the arts and sciences) ranging from human behavior to activities that help students understand how they can contribute to their communities and the global society.  Lesson plan themes include:

 

Human Behavior

From Playground to World Stage: Aggression, Hostility and Violence 

The Historical Context of Terrorism,

9/11/01: A Contemporary Case Study

Consequences and Challenges in a Post- 9/11 World

Remembrance and Public Memory

Building Better Futures; Narrative, Recovery and Responsibility. 

 

Sixty-two New Jersey teachers representing urban, suburban and rural districts as well as the south, central and northern regions of New Jersey, taught the pilot lessons in their classrooms during the 2009-10 academic year.

 

"The nearly one hundred volunteers who researched this curriculum deserve our genuine compliments and gratitude,” says William A. Tansey, Board Chair of Liberty Science Center.  “Terrorism and other forms of overt personal hostility need to be studied and understood in the broad context of historical and ethnic realities. Education enables vital rebound from awful events. We hope this comprehensive curriculum, produced by teachers, will constructively inform classroom conversations and will enable students in New Jersey and beyond to find a responsible, personal role in an ever more challenging world. “

 

“We thank Families of September 11, The Liberty Science Center and The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education which supported this project from the beginning, and we are also grateful to Investors Savings Bank Foundation for providing additional funding to help us complete, print and launch this valuable educational resource," he concludes.

 

Press RSVP: Mary Meluso, Liberty Science Center, mmeluso@lsc.org, 201.253.1335

 

 

 

 

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