Stories that Move: Toolbox against discrimination 2019
This workshop will familiarise participants with the free, interactive “Stories that Move” website and the five learning paths that help young people explore the impact of hate speech, exclusion and discrimination. Short film clips of young people sharing their experiences are at the core of the materials.
Working with the toolbox will help create a community of lifelong learners who value inquiry, critical and creative thinking and act with integrity and compassion.
During several hands-on, interactive workshops sessions, teachers will get to know different parts of the toolbox and be prepared to discuss the complex and sensitive topics addressed in the materials with their students. Using visible thinking routines, learners are challenged to discuss diversity and discrimination, to reflect on their own choices by getting to know the personal stories of their peers, and ultimately become empowered to actively speak out against discrimination.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Teachers (grade 7 - 10) who feel that their students need more opportunities to discuss and share their experiences and ideas on how to respond to the different forms of discrimination they encounter in their daily lives or in the media.
Teachers who believe all students should understand some of the basic mechanisms involved in discrimination and be empowered to make a difference.
Language teachers who value the opportunity to work with a multilingual tool available in English, Dutch, German, Hungary, Polish, Slovak and Ukrainian, that also brings in a diversity of experiences and view perspectives of learners from across Europe.
During interactive workshops teachers work together on the content of the learning paths, understanding the blended learning approach of the online tool and the way in which visible thinking routines have been integrated in the materials.
Teachers will be ready to choose which of the lessons in the following learning paths can be integrated into their lesson plan and will be ready to go!
Learning path 1 - Seeing and being: Assumptions, identity, prejudices
Learning path 2 - Facing discrimination: Mechanisms, young people’s experiences, everyday situations
Learning path 3 - Life stories: Biographies, diversity, history
Learning path 4 - Mastering the media: Stereotypes, propaganda
Learning path 5 - Taking action: Social engagement, human rights, action
Overview of the content of the five learning paths of Stories that Move
Introduction to working with the personal stories of young people included in the learning paths
Experiencing the blended learning concept in the tool and looking at the role of the educator as moderator of discussions
Life stories in past and present - working with biographies and visible thinking routines
Lesson planning to allow teachers to get started right away
Visit to the Anne Frank House and meeting with educational staff of the museum
Karen Polak is a senior staff member at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. She is a historian who has worked extensively in curriculum development and publishing with organisations in 15 European countries. Currently she coordinates the work with partners in seven European countries to disseminate Stories that Move. Toolbox against discrimination (
From 2001 – 2017 Karen was a member of the Dutch delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA, where she chaired the committee on the genocide of the Roma. Karen Polak is on the international advisory board of the House of the Wannsee Conference.
Shannon Hancock has been teaching middle and high school for over 20 years. She is currently an English language and literature teacher at the International School of Amsterdam. She also taught at international schools in Brazil and Serbia, as well as in various public schools in the United States. Shannon spent the first decade of her career teaching at-risk and immigrant youth. During this time she led her district’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. She holds a BA in Media Communications and an MA in Creative Writing. Shannon is passionate about authentic technology integration in the classroom and showing students that the power of words can change the world. She believes that using digital tools can both connect us and promote social justice and activism in new and dynamic ways for young people. Shannon has been a partner with the Stories that Move project for the last three years and has piloted the learning paths in her classroom. She offers teachers practical tips for managing the classroom with digital tools and promoting safe spaces for open and critical-thinking dialogue among young people.
International School of Amsterdam
45 Sportlaan, Amstelveen, 1185, NH, Netherlands