A new education series for teachers on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will debut today and tour schools throughout the state during the 2012-13 school year.
The New Jersey State Museum and the N.J. Commission on Holocaust Education will launch the series at Keyport High School in Monmouth County. Designed to to bring the museum’s Remember 9/11 exhibition into classrooms, the program will provide educators with opportunities to teach 9/11 throughout the year, not just on the anniversary.
Paul Winkler, director of the Commission on Holocuast Education, said the program is geared to middle and high school students.
“While it is being introduced on Monday, the educational value of the program is effective all year long,” Winkler said. “People tend to do lessons only the the anniversary, but there are so many other lessons about bigotry and bias and bystanders that can be taught any time.”
The state museum partnered with educators to produce the program, which includes short videos and accompanying lesson plans. It features first-person testimonials from 9/11 family members and ground zero volunteers. Professional educators designed the program, and it meets common core and New Jersey education standards.
A four-part video explores the objects and stories found in the exhibit. Among the themes are: Life Before 9/11/2001, Volunteerism and Good Citizenship, The Collapse of the World Trade Center Twin Towers: Causes and Lessons Learned, and Recovery Work of 9/11.
The series is introduced by Anthony Gardner, director of the New Jersey State Museum, whose brother died in the attacks.
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