Each year hundreds of educators both locally and nationally gather to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community at the Teaching for Social Justice– The Politics of Pedagogy Conference taking place Saturday, October 12th at Mission High School in San Francisco. KQED News Education Editor Mathew Green will be facilitating a workshop:

Civil Rights Then and Now: Teaching the Voting Rights Act Through the Lens of Current Events Saturday, October 12th 3-4:45 Room 227

From same-sex marriage to Trayvon Martin, this year has been chock-full of controversial and compelling civil rights stories.  By way of introducing KQED’s news education resources, this workshop will focus on the Voting Rights Act, then and now.  Participants will help collaboratively brainstorm ideas for lessons that use interactive storytelling tools to connect past and the present voting rights and equal protection issues, while designing opportunities for students to explore these connections through scalable media projects. Grade Level 6-12.

Also stop by the KQED Education booth in the exhibit hall(way) and learn more about using and making media for the classroom.  And check out a small sampling of  online media resources for teachers for social justice.

The Lowdown For educators and the generally curious, the Lowdown is a multimedia guide to understanding big news from California and beyond.

Do Now A new series of activities for students to respond to current issues through the use KQED’s award-winning online media resources and social media tools like Twitter.

News Hour Video clips from this PBS show provide teachers with unique current events resources.

National Archives Allows students to explore our nation’s history through documents, photos and records.

Eyes on the Prize Access multi-media from this ground breaking series. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985.

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow  This series explores segregation from the end of the civil war to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement.

American Experience Multi-media from this acclaimed series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present.

Freedom Riders These video segments document the events and accomplishments of the Freedom Rides, and introduce you to the real human stories of those who helped change our history.



Almetria Vaba

Almetria Vaba administers the California edition of PBS LearningMedia, a digital media service for educators from PBS and WGBH. Check it out at: ca.pbslearningmedia.org.

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