Teaching about Natural Disasters: Knowledge & Action for a Global Concern

DATES: April 6, 2016

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


PDPs: 5 PDPs

FEE: Partnership educators - no cost;
Non-partnership educators - $175

Major natural disasters such as an earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, or fires occur all too frequently across the globe, grabbing headlines and supplying a stream of disturbing images of lives and places in a state of profound upheaval. These events connect peoples in distant countries as humanity comes together – at least for a time – to try to rescue survivors, provide aid, and assist with rebuilding efforts. They also offer opportunities for K-12 students to connect with those affected. With an emphasis on recent natural disasters in Haiti, Japan, and Nepal, this interdisciplinary program brings scholars, activists, and teachers together to consider how to teach about traumatic events at different grade levels, how to use first-person accounts and literary or artistic responses to humanize events, and how to support students in engaging in social action after a disaster. 

Photo courtesy of UNDP: A district of Port-Au-Prince destroyed by the 2010 Haiti earthquake.




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