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Ecosocial Justice Club: A Current Events Discussion Group for Young Historians

Beth Foster | Humanities Educator
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This club is for students who have completed or are enrolled in my middle and high school level history and social studies classes to discuss current events through an ecosocial justice lens and as the present connects to the past.

Class Experience

Advanced Level
  • The goal of the club is to provide a space for learners to examine current events within an ecosocial justice framework and draw historical connections.
I have a master of arts degree in American history, and bachelor of arts degrees in English, journalism, and political science. I was the director of a social justice center for three years during which time I routinely taught about and facilitated conversations about historical and current political controversies for both teen and adults participants. I have been teaching history, social studies, and English Language Arts classes for the past five years. I was also a newspaper reporter and editor for 15 years. 
This class is for students who are enrolled in or who have completed at least one of my middle school or high school level history or social studies courses. 
The content covered in this class may include colonization, slavery, genocide, war, disease, death, sexual assault and exploitation, and oppression. Students will learn about the experiences of people of different religions, races, genders, sexes, and sexual orientations. Students will be encouraged to make connections and this will lead to conversations about current political debates and historical controversies. My objective is to facilitate a civil, thoughtful, learner-led conversation in which students arrive at connections through their own analysis. This class is not available for learners younger than age 12, even if they are advanced, because of age-appropriateness of the content. 
Joined July, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in History from Gettysburg College
Bachelor's Degree in English from Campbellsville University
From ancient times, humans have used stories to better understand themselves and their place in the universe. Stories explain our past and how we can create a better time and world for ourselves and those who will come after us. This is the heart... 
Group Class


1x per week
25 min

Completed by 16 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
2-12 learners per class

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