This is a guest post by Stacy Abramson, Director Of New York Operations and Strategic Partnerships at Facing History.
- What issues do students care most deeply about?
- What moves them to take action?
- How can the work born out of the partnership between WNYC’s Radio Rookies and Facing History and Ourselves align with some of the new Common Core Anchor Standards on Speaking and Listening?
- How do we utilize these stories as text for use in ELA and Social Studies classrooms?
- How can we do projects like these with our own students?
These were just some of the questions that educators from schools and organizations from around New York City wrestled with at the Facing History and Ourselves New York office during a recent workshop. Everyone arrived excited to watch and listen to multimedia stories that were produced as part of the Neighborhood to Neighborhood Project, born out of a Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network collaboration with WNYC Radio Rookies. The purpose of the workshop was to convene local educators interested in integrating digital storytelling into their classrooms and to highlight thematic connections in content.
Facing History Program Associate Tanya Huelett led the three-hour workshop, which was attended by educators and professionals from: Museum of Chinese in America, Gotham Schools, Bronx Lab School, East Bronx Academy, Brooklyn International HS, Youthbuild Newark, Vanguard High School, City-As-School, Middle School for Art and Philosophy, IS 276, St John’s Prep High School, NEST, Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, and others…
To kick off the afternoon, Tanya introduced Radio Rookie Temitayo Fagbenle from Vanguard HS – Tanya interviewed Temi and they played her radio piece on Sexual Cyberbullying: The Modern Day Letter A.
Temi then answered questions from the workshop participants about her process, about the impact that producing this story has had on her.
Then Tanya shared another Neighborhood to Neighborhood story that connected themes like immigration, identity and difference: “Mind the Gap” is about tensions between the Black and Lubavitch Jewish communities in Crown Heights Brooklyn neighborhood.
This story was followed by a Facing History 3-2-1 activity (3- questions this story prompts for you, 2-connections you can make to the world, 1-idea for using this story in your work).
A highlight of the day was a sneak peek at a current work-in-progress titled, “Losing Language,” that is being reported by two girls from Essex Street Academy. Participants began processing the 7-minute story using a feedback mechanism Facing History refers to as the Wraparound strategy, which involves everyone in the room sharing a quote from the story that resonated with them, without giving any explanation beyond the quote.
Towards the end, Radio Rookies Senior Producer Kaari Pitkin answered questions from the group and shared this DIY Video about how to conduct man-on-the-street interviews, also known as VOX Pop.
See pictures from the workshop here.
Facing History staff will offer follow-up support to help teachers integrate these stories in their work. Stay tuned here for more details about upcoming workshops in the fall or visit www.facing.org.