Please note: All Star 2 has been postponed to July 10, 2021.
Laura Fokkena, PhD, is a professor of Global Studies at Lesley University and the founder/director of Rise Out, a nonprofit that helps teens craft their own education. She has an Ed.M from Harvard University in International Education Policy, and a PhD from Lesley University in International and Comparative Education. Laura’s background is in comparative education practices toward social justice, with a special focus on immigration in the U.S. and western Europe. Laura has a progressive and engaging approach to teaching social science. The classes she has taught to homeschooled teens include Understanding 9/11, Red State/Blue State, Climate Justice, and a class about the American justice system using the first season of the podcast “Serial” as its basis. She will speak about the intersection of education policy in the U.S. and the current political situation. Topics will include the German approach to teaching the Holocaust contrasted with American approaches to teaching slavery and other historical atrocities, the separation of church and state in schools and its impact on Muslim, Jewish, and other religious minority students, and how we talk to kids about difficult topics and if in softening topics for them we deny them information in ways that have long-term consequences.
Laura Fokkena, PhD is a professor of Global Studies at Lesley University & the founder/director of Rise Out, a nonprofit that helps teens craft their own education.
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Rev. Anne Mason, Senior Minister, First Parish UU, Lexington, MA
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