It was a busy spring for MECA’s Teach Palestine Project, which supports K-12 teachers and teacher-educators with curriculum, resources, and advice about bringing Palestine into their classrooms. MECA staff members Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch and Jody Sokolower facilitated “Borders and Walls: Stories that Connect Us to Palestine” at the 8th annual conference of the New York Collective of Radical Educators.
Then Zeiad and Jody headed to New England, where they facilitated three more workshops on teaching Palestine for faculty, students, activists, teachers, and teacher educators.
While in New England, Zeiad visited classrooms in Vermont to share his story and talk about Palestinian children. He also participated in a number of panels and was interviewed on the radio and local TV. Nicole Awwad, a Vermont teacher, put untold hours into arranging the trip and handling the logistics.
In April, Jody and Palestinian American educator Samia Shoman traveled to British Columbia, to facilitate workshops on teaching Palestine at “Reclaiming Common Ground: A Cross Border Social Justice Conference” sponsored by the Surrey Teachers’ Union.