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New 9-11 Curriculum Now Available
Program Offers Terrorism, Security and Remembrance Lessons for the Classroom
New, comprehensive K-12 curriculum for teaching children about the events and issues surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were unveiled recently by the coalition, “4 Action Initiative,” of which the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, is a partner. The program is called, “Learning from the Challenges of Our Times: Global Security, Terrorism and 9/11 in the Classroom.” Fifty lesson plans will be available to New Jersey teachers for the upcoming school year. Members of the group, “Families of September 11” and volunteer educators who helped design the lessons attended the announcement event, which was held July 14, 2011, at the Liberty Science Center, also a featured partner.
The curriculum is the product of the combined efforts of the Holocaust Commission, the Families of September 11 group and the Liberty Science Center. About 25 volunteer educators researched the topic and crafted K-12 curriculum under the guidance of the Holocaust Commission. Sixty-two New Jersey teachers representing urban, suburban and rural districts throughout the state taught the pilot lessons in their classrooms during the 2009-10 academic year. Their input was incorporated into the final curriculum design.
The lesson plan themes are:
- Human Behavior
- From Playground to World Stage: Aggression, Hostility and Terrorism
- The Historical Context of Terrorism
- 9/11/01: A Contemporary Case Study
- Consequences and Challenges in a Post 9/11 World
- Remembrance and Public Memory
- Building Better Futures: Narrative, Recovery and Responsibility
In total, there are 100 lessons. Fifty are now available on the Holocaust Commission website and in print form. The next 50 lessons will be available in pilot form during the upcoming school year, so that additional input may be received and the lessons can be finalized by next summer.
The core mission of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is to promote Holocaust education in the State of New Jersey. On a continual basis, the Commission shall survey the status of Holocaust/Genocide Education; design, encourage nd promote the implementation of Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; provide programs in New Jersey; and coordinate designated events that will provide appropriate memorialization of the Holocaust on a regular basis throughout the state. The Commission will provide assistance and advice to the public and private schools and will meet with county and local school officials, and other interested public and private organizations, to assist with the study of the Holocaust and genocide.
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Phil Kirschner, Esq.
Dr. Paul B. Winkler
State of New Jersey
Commission on Holocaust Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625