Professional Development

Workshop Details

Length: We can accommodate requests for workshops ranging from 1 hour to a full day 

Cost: We will work with you to determine a price based on budget, availability, workshop length, and number of participants 

Number of participants: We offer workshops for anywhere from 5-100 educators! 

Location: At this time we will mostly be offering virtual workshops. In some cases we may be able to accommodate in-person workshops in NYC. 

Available Workshop Topics

  1. Making Argumentative Writing Engaging in History and English Classrooms: Engage students’ analytical thinking skills, as well as their imagination, by incorporating argumentative writing into history and literature courses. At U4SC, we have two projects called Readers 4 Social Change and Historians 4 Social Change that allow students to place themselves inside historical moments and fictional stories and write editorial-style articles from the perspective of someone living in that context. This workshop will focus on the basics of a strong op-ed and connecting the skill to history and literature curricula. When teachers use these projects in their classroom, we will post their articles on our site. 
  2. Using Simulations to Teach Leadership and Critical Thinking: Today’s students are the next generation of leaders. Simulations are a great way for students to think critically about the decisions that they would make as leaders in different fields. In this workshop, you will participate in a simulation, design one to use in your classes, and receive feedback from peers and facilitators. We will also walk you through our library of over 100 task forces
  3. Teaching Controversial Issues: Teaching about issues that are considered socially or politically controversial can be essential learning opportunities for students, but often feels risky for teachers. This workshop will cover how to teach controversial issues in a non-political way and how to foster the skills students need to develop well-informed opinions on the issues facing our world.  
  4. Teaching about Supreme Court Cases: The decisions that the Supreme Court has made have shaped the United States throughout its history. This workshop will discuss how to critically analyze supreme court decisions, some key vocabulary for understanding cases and decisions, and give activity ideas for how to engage students more deeply in the workings of the Supreme Court. 
  5. Approaching College-Level Texts with Middle School Students: Young students are capable of grasping complex concepts. At U4SC, we create lessons and guided readings that help break down complex texts. This workshop will walk educators through making a complex, academic text approachable for middle-school aged students. 
  6. Incorporating Interdisciplinary Topics/Current Events Into Core Curricula: We firmly believe that teaching about current events does not mean neglecting the core curriculum. From reading, writing, history, math, and science, current events are an interdisciplinary project. This worksop will cover approaches, activities, and projects that will help incorporate current events into core curricular requirements. 
  7. Civics Beyond Voting: At U4SC, we believe that civic participation and leadership are available to everyone. This workshop will cover the varied ways that students can learn how to be active civic participation. 
  8. Contextualizing Current Events with Humanities: Teaching about current events is made richer when connections are made to broader concepts and ideas. This workshop will cover how to create important context by connecting current events to history, philosophy, psychology, economics, and other key areas of study. 
  9. Using Academy 4SC in Your Classroom: This workshop will go over the ins and outs of using our animated videos to create lessons and teach a variety of topics. 

Facilitators


Priten Shah (M.A., Harvard Education, B.A. Harvard )

Chief Executive Officer

  • B.A. in Philosophy and M.Ed. in Education Policy from Harvard University
  • Is a serial entrepreneur whose projects aim to change power dynamics in various industries and fields
  • Lives in NYC with his pet bird, Pia

Nina Bamberg (M.A. Teacher’s College, Columbia University)

Director of Programs

  • MA in Peace and Human Rights Education, Columbia University
  • Nonprofit professional who believes in the role the sector plays in strengthening democracy 
  • Loves engaging students in conversations about current events and social issues

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