Teachers workshop focuses on incorporating global issues into curriculum

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- For K-12 teachers interested in taking a creative approach to incorporating global issues into their curricula, Penn State’s Center for Global Studies (CGS) will be offering a workshop based on the “World on Trial: Headscarf Law” episode developed by Penn State the Dickinson School of Law in conjunction with WPSU-TV. This episode debates the 2004 French law that bans conspicuous displays of religion in public schools. The law is most notable for banning the use of traditional headscarves (hijab) worn by Muslim girls and women.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in 114 Katz Building on the University Park campus and will be simulcast to the University of Pittsburgh. This event marks the first collaborative effort between the two universities’ Title VI National Resource Centers.

''We are excited to expand our outreach to teachers in the Pittsburgh area via the simulcast. One of the missions of our National Resource Centers is to enhance global perspectives in classrooms across Pennsylvania and the headscarf law debate has relevance for our increasingly diverse student bodies,'' said Sarah Lyall-Combs, associate director at the center. ''We look forward to future collaborations with the University of Pittsburgh.''

Attendees at both locations will watch the ''World on Trial'' and listen to a series of talks that discuss the history of the law as well as the cultural traditions and perspectives – French and Islamic – surrounding the hijab. The workshop will also introduce the curriculum developed by the CGS. Workshop participants will be able to receive six Act 48 hours. K-12 educators, as well as graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education are welcome to attend.

Featured Penn State speakers include Sandra Rousseau, a doctoral candidate in the Department of French and Francophone Studies; Courtney Restemayer, a joint-degree candidate (juris doctor/master of international affairs); and Penn State graduate Dustin Lee Yenser, middle school teacher and author of the ''World on Trial'' curriculum. Melek Yazici, a Strategic Sourcing Analyst at the University of Pittsburgh, will explain the Islamic perspective governing the headscarf based on the Quran and the hadith, two primary sources of Islamic law.

To register, visit: http://cgs.psu.edu/register.shtml

Last Updated October 25, 2013