Assemblymember Carol Liu and ANC Pasadena Chapter Announce Human Rights Teacher Training Workshop for Pasadena Public Schools

Pasadena–The first Teacher Training Workshop on the State’s approved Human Rights and Genocide Curriculum will be held Friday–March 12–at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses House. Sponsored by Assemblymember Carol Liu (D-La Caada Flintridge)–and the Pasadena Armenian National Committee (ANC)–the workshop will provide history teachers with lesson plans and materials concerning human and civil rights violations. Teachers will also receive training on how to incorporate these lessons into the classroom curricula.

"In this era of increasing violence and intolerance–young people need to understand what atrocities arise from hate and prejudice," Liu said.

Participants will be invited to join an informal seminar to discuss and analyze the California State Department of Education’s model curriculum for teaching about human rights and genocide–including the Armenian Genocide. State law requires schools to provide a learning framework that includes material concerning civil rights–human rights violations–genocide–slavery–and the Holocaust.

"Despite the severe budget cuts our schools are facing–this project is evidence that we can provide our students with quality education through a collaborative effort between the community and Pasadena Unified School District"–said Shahan Stepanian–Chairman of the Pasadena Chapter of the ANC. "We appreciate Assemblymember Liu’s leadership and support in this joint effort."

The workshop will cover topics including the histories of the Native Americans–European Jews–Cambodians–Rwandan Tutsis–and Bosnian Muslims. In addition–participants will hear about the Transatlantic Slave Trade–the Great Famine of the Ukraine–the Rape of Nanking–and the Chinese agricultural disaster that occurred under Mao Tse-Tung’s "Cultural Revolution."

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Hovannisian–Armenian Education Foundation Chairholder in Modern Armenian History at UCLA–will provide the historical context of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Other participants include Facing History and Ourselves–a non-profit organization that works with teachers and students to understand the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making. Samuel Kadorian–a Genocide survivor born in 1907–will share his experience and thoughts. In addition–the workshop will include the Exhibit of Armenian Genocide Survivor Portraits and their Stories by The Genocide Project. Portraits will be placed throughout the room for participants to view.

"I would also like to recognize The Southern California Gas Company–and Southern Bell Communications–who has graciously agreed to serve as the main corporate sponsor for the workshop," said Assemblymember Liu.

The workshop begins at 8:30 am and will run until 3:30 pm. People interested in learning more about the Teacher Training Workshop or in supporting the event should contact Diana Mangioglu at Assemblymember Liu’s District Office–(626)577-9944.

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