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Wednesday, March 28 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Interdisciplinary Instruction: The Only Way to Teach Social Justice

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Our traditional curriculums, centered on concepts and information emptied and disconnected from the reality of the student, provide little connect to the world of the student. In teaching an interdisciplinary unit with a theme that is centered on Social Justice, teachers create a bridge between the world of academia and the reality of the student. Students can embark on an experience that provides an opportunity for them to engage in a more relevant and less fragmented experience where they begin to understand that all disciplines intertwine to create knowledge that serves them in their world. A true interdisciplinary unit goes beyond a mere humanities class. Multiple disciplines (math, English, history, science, art, and technology) are needed to create a curriculum that identifies the correlations between disciplines, while revealing how it is not possible to fully understand one’s world without recognizing all disciplines as equally important.

Students are often not connected to school because it does not connect to their lives. And, in most cases disciplines are taught in isolation causing students to validate their beliefs that the reason for learning is only to acquire a grade that only serves to pass a class, not to understand their world.

In this session, participants will explore critical components of the interdisciplinary redesign plan, which is the collaboration of teachers. And, understand why educators cannot effectively teach Social Justice if without incorporating multiple disciplines. Teachers will discuss what attitudes are needed to allow different disciplines to unite and create a cohesive curriculum that pushes them to learn and understand elements of other disciplines. And, just like the students, teachers will learn that all disciplines must be intertwined to promote deeper learning.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTE 113