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How to Teach Current Events in Our Interconnected World

Monday, January 29, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

How to Teach Current Events in Our Interconnected World

Presented by Lois MacMillan, Teacher, Grants Pass High School (OR); and Charles Hopkins, Director of Teaching and Learning, Education, Council on Foreign Relations

Sponsored by CFR Education

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Our world is interconnected. In a matter of seconds, news from across the globe can make its way to your students and into your classroom. Educators continue to go beyond the call of duty and try to supply students with the knowledge, skills, and perspective to understand our constantly changing world. How can you prepare to help students understand the news when a major world event makes its way to your classroom?

Join the experts at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Education for a conversation with an award-winning high school teacher, an expert on global affairs, and the teaching and learning director from this leading foreign policy think tank to learn best practices for teaching current events. In this edWebinar, you leave with:

  • Tips and tricks for how to incorporate current events into your class
  • Insight on global trends to watch and how they connect to your teaching
  • Examples of what worked (and didn’t work) in the classroom
  • FREE, non-partisan resources and ready-to-use lesson plans that offer a foundational understanding of world events

This recorded edWebinar helps educators make complex global affairs and foreign policy issues accessible for middle school, high school, and higher education students.

Lois MacMillan

About the Presenters

Lois MacMillan teaches world history, American history, and AP government at Grants Pass High School in Oregon. However, in her over 30 years of teaching, she has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Among her many honors, Lois was Oregon’s History Teacher of the Year, a James Madison Fellow, and received the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Award for using music in the non-music classroom. She is currently a CFR Education Ambassador and a Senior Education Fellow/Master Teacher at the Gilder Lehrman Institute while also serving on advisory groups for the National Council of History Education and the National Constitution Center.

Charles Hopkins

Charles Hopkins is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he helps to develop teaching resources and works with instructors and institutions who use CFR Education’s global civics resources including World101, Model Diplomacy, and Convene the Council. Before CFR, he taught middle and high school social studies both in the United States and abroad.

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Council on Foreign Relations

CFR Education aims to close the global literacy gap in our country by providing accessible, accurate, and authoritative global affairs resources to educators and students. Leveraging best pedagogical practices and Council on Foreign Relations expertise, CFR Education’s supplemental resources teach complex global affairs and foreign policy issues to the next generation. Committed to supporting educators as they take on this crucial work, CFR Education offers two Ambassador programs, professional development activities, and curated teaching resources, including lesson plans, reading guides, and editable presentations.

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Monday, January 29, 2024
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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