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“The people who gave us their testimony have a firsthand understanding of the importance of respect and the perils of hatred.” – Dr. Kori Street, Director of Education
At a time of heightened political uncertainty and polarization, middle and high school teachers are in need of easy-to-use resources that encourage their students to grapple with some of the most difficult but important topics: hate, racism, intolerance and xenophobia.
USC Shoah Foundation’s new IWitness initiative, called “100 Days to Inspire Respect,” provides educators with 100 thought-provoking resources that tackle these challenging topics and more. Modeled after the aggressive 100-day agenda initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he took office in 1933, 100 Days to Inspire Respect will run from Jan. 20 through April 29. During those 100 days, the Education Department at USC Shoah Foundation will release a new IWitness activity, mini lesson or another resource each day based on testimony from the Institute’s Visual History Archive.
100 Days of Educational Resources
The first three days will focus on the power of using testimony as a tool to connect people, teach about community, culture, family, tradition and resilience – and show the power of testimony for countering hate. The rest will concentrate on the theme of countering hate. By using these resources, students will learn about different types and manifestations of hate, how to understand people with different perspectives and ways people are “othered” or made to feel different or excluded.
“Hatred comes from stories, and so we are countering hatred with stories,” said Kori Street, director of education at USC Shoah Foundation. “If I know your story, if I know who you are, it makes it really hard for me to ‘otherize’ you, be divisive, or hate you.”
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During the next 100 days, the Education Department at USC Shoah Foundation will release a new resource each day based on testimony from the Institute’s Visual History Archive.
Each of the 14 weeks will center on a theme, and offer a suite of materials including multimedia activities, mini lessons, Connections Videos, Watch page topics, and Teaching with Testimony tools, starting on January 20:
The shortest activities can be completed in 15 minutes with no teacher prep work required; the longest, a week. The projects will variously have students producing videos, poems, images, and word clouds, as well as developing skills such as comparison-and-contrast analysis and close reading of text. All of the resources are grounded in clips of testimony from survivors of genocide – the logical conclusion of unchecked hatred, racism and intolerance.
Bookmark this page and come back to IWitness frequently to explore the new resources as they become available each day.
“We have a responsibility to do right. We can use our words and our stories to unite us. We can help others find their words and tell their stories.” - Lynette, 17
The new resources are based on the Education department’s testimony-based methodology and pedagogy that can be used across the curriculum and has been proven to engage students in critical thinking about universal themes such as civil and human rights, diversity, cross-cultural understanding, courage and civil responsibility from an individual perspective.
We encourage educators to explore this content with their students and share with us how its making an impact in the classroom.
Post photos and videos of your classroom on Twitter and Instagram with #100Days4Respect and #BeginsWithMe.
We also invite educators to provide feedback about their use of specific activities or the program overall.
Take the survey – https://goo.gl/F1hQ1a
Download the 100 Days poster – Coming Soon