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Dissonant Voices 2017

Professional Development for Secondary Social Studies Educators
August 10-11th - The Untold Story of the Department of Justice Incarceration of People of Japenese Ancestry
September 16th - Political Prisoners on Alcatraz
black&white photo of Japanese Americans in forced relocation and FBI investigation

How did being placed on the government’s Custodial Detention List impact the lives and communities of people of Japanese ancestry?

The Untold Story of the Department of Justice Incarceration of People of Japanese Ancestry
brings the summer session of Dissonant Voices on August 10th-11th. The workshop is free and participants receive a stipend of $300 and resource packet.

Join your colleagues for open-ended inquiry with primary sources, special exhibitions, and a visit to Angel Island to consider how a list of names evolved into a loss of civil rights for a group of people based on race. We will meet in the Presidio of San Francisco on Day One where we will experience the special exhibition- EXCLUSION The Presidio's Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration, and spend Day Two on Angel Island to learn about the experience and impact on those arrested and held on the island as war was declared.

The workshop is co-sponsored with the National Japanese American Historical Society, and part of a series of workshops offered through the NPS Japanese Confinement Sites Grant Program.

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Cages Used At Prison Called New Torture headline, and army photo of Alcatraz Island

What are the consequences of resistance?

Political Prisoners on Alcatraz
initiates our fall sessions of Dissonant Voices on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The workshop is free and participants receive a stipend of $150 and resource packet.

Political Prisoners on Alcatraz engages you in a little known history of Alcatraz Island - a controversial site that has witnessed the ongoing struggles to define justice and freedom - its limits and applications - for individuals, cultures, and society. The first case study centers on two conscientious objectors jailed during World War I: Robert Simmons, African American religious objector, and Phillip Grosser, Jewish anarchist, who protested on political grounds. The second story introduces Robert Lipscomb, African American federal penitentiary inmate labeled “race agitator” and “known homo,” who fought for civil rights within the prison walls during the segregated 1950s.

Join your colleagues for open-ended inquiry with primary sources and a visit to Alcatraz Island to consider how the military prison and federal penitentiary reflected the American justice system’s interpretation of rights - who is entitled, who is denied, and why?

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Dissonant Voices
is an inquiry-based series of workshops for secondary Social Studies teachers presented since 2009. The series is framed by the essential question – “What happens when we teach untaught histories?” We will be offering an array of workshops in the Golden Gate National Parks throughout 2017.

Parks as Classrooms

2017-2018 Applications for Parks As Classrooms will be available August 10th.

Applications for the Ranger programs accepted until a week before the required teacher workshop and/or the program is full.
Education team on Rodeo Beach
PARKS AS CLASSROOMS programs in Golden Gate National Parks - set in indigenous habitats and historic landmarks, ancient redwood groves and dramatic coastal preserve - actively engage students in inquiry learning about and caring for national parks and their own communities. Designed by park staff, classroom teachers, students, and leaders of community organizations, park education programs encourage student achievement through innovative pedagogy and authentic experiences in the park. The goals and principles of the K-12 program confirm Golden Gate's commitment to inclusive and relevant inquiry-based learning linked to school curricula.

Every Kid in a Park!

Join us in celebrating 100 years of National Parks in America. Click here to show your 4th grade students how to obtain special Centennial free park pass for them and their families to use all year long!

Serpentinite bluffs with Golden Gate Bridge behind

Enrich Your Understanding of Geology

PARK Teachers Geology is a collaborative effort undertaken by teachers, university faculty, nonprofit education partners, and Golden Gate to introduce pre-service and classroom teachers to place-based and inquiry learning that supports education standards and engages students in authentic hands-on science. Use this link to learn more about the program to an find teaching resources.
Ferns and redwood trees at Muir Woods

Exciting New Online Learning Tool

Your students journey into the ancient redwood forest to uncover how living things make their home and survive in this very special habitat. In this virtual adventure, students experience the sights and sounds of one of the world's most iconic environments while learning about habitats, species competition, interdependence, and adaptations. A fun and challenging way to introduce redwood ecology or conclude a unit by checking for understanding. Use this link to learn more about Nature Detectives.

Crissy Field Center- A Youth Leadership and Education Center

Crissy Field Center, located on the Presidio of San Francisco, is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. The Center offers multicultural programs that actively engage us with our environments and promote collaborations in building a more sustainable, socially and environmentally just society.

·Scholarships for programs and transportation are available.

Last updated: June 1, 2017

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