Thursday, January 14, 2016

Humanities Bring Stories of People and Places to Life Through One-Day Workshop

Are you interested in learning about the relationship gap that underlies the achievement gap in education and developing strategies to address it?

The Minnesota Humanities Center is offering an all-day professional development workshop that will help education professionals and other participants build stronger relationships:  Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives. (Absent narratives are those voices and stories that are often left out or are missing from the dominant narrative.) The Humanities Center’s proven humanities-based training helps address the relationship gap often present between systems and culturally diverse communities.

But don’t just take our word for it. Some of our past bloggers  who have participated in an Increase Engagement workshop have these success stories to share:
  • Maria Asp, Program Director and teaching artist with the Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges program in Minneapolis stated: “Any change that I could possibly make within my teaching and artistic practices had to start with changes inside myself. I am thankful for the resources and support that the Humanities Center provided. I am forever changed. It changed the way I looked at the world and the narratives I had been told as truths.”
  • Sushmita Hodges, educator at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul shared: “The Humanities Center has raised my consciousness exponentially about the real impact of history on marginalized communities at the local level.”
  • Meryll Page, former board member of Minnesota Humanities Center and a former educator with 39 years of experience noted: “Teachers want to succeed with every student and this approach supplied them with tools to be the best teacher — a teacher who begins by building relationships with students.”
This all-day workshop will be offered at the Humanities Center from 8 am – 4 pm on Saturday, January 23 or February 26, 2016. Eight (8) clock hours are available upon request. For more information or to register for Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives visit

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