7 minute read. By James Williams
In January, NISSEM co-conveners Jim Williams, Andy Smart and Margaret Sinclair took part in a high-level workshop convened by the Conflict and Education Learning Laboratory (CELL), entitled Narrating our Violent Pasts in Curricula and Textbooks. This is the second of three posts, one by each, stimulated by the workshop.
Growing up in the US South, I began my schooling just before the end of segregation, when black and white children were not allowed to attend school or see movies together, or even use the same public facilities or drinking fountains. Among my most important (unintended) lessons was a clear view of the contradiction between the ideals taught in school and the ways that schooling was used as a tool of division. And so I come to this topic naturally. Since my school days I have continued to think about the ‘two faces of school’ and the many ways that schools can work toward inclusiveness or toward division. Many of these ideas are elaborated in a series of books I edited on (re)constructing memory. The recent CELL workshop was also an opportunity to engage with a diverse audience on this theme...
Blog Post : CAN EDUCATION MATERIALS SUPPORT SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) AND INCLUSIVE IDENTITIES?
5 minute read. By Margaret Sinclair
In January, NISSEM co-conveners Jim Williams, Andy Smart and Margaret Sinclair took part in a high-level workshop convened by the Conflict and Education Learning Laboratory (CELL), entitled Narrating our Violent Pasts in Curricula and Textbooks. This is the first of three posts, one by each, stimulated by the workshop.
One year ago, a workshop on textbooks and education materials was hosted and led by Prof James Williams at George Washington University (GWU). It followed a CIES 2017 workshop supported by USAID’s Education in Conflict and Crisis Network (ECCN) and Education Above All, my then employer. After a session at CIES 2018 and another in New York, led by Prof Aaron Benavot of the University of Albany at SUNY, NISSEM was formed. The initiative – Networking to Integrate SDG 4.7 and SEL skills into Education Materials – focuses largely but not exclusively on education systems in low or middle income countries and post-conflict situations. As a NISSEM co-founder, I'm thrilled to help launch this NISSEM blog page, to share approaches to SEL and its application to SDG Target 4.7 themes around ‘learning to live together’...