Upstander Academy is a 6-day professional development program for humanities teachers and museum educators in an intimate cohort-based setting where the power of storytelling ignites learning and invites self-reflection on complex historic and contemporary issues.
Our curriculum uses post-genocide Rwanda and genocide against Native peoples in the U.S. as a framework for historical inquiry, sharing new teaching methods and modeling the skills of upstanders. Our goal: to create more inclusive curricula and schools, public conversations and spaces – and to help educators, institutions and students counter bias by promoting understanding, restoration and the repairing of broken relationships.
Upstander Project's Emmy® award-winning documentary Dawnland, which was recognized for Outstanding Research, is central to our week of inquiry and discussion.
Explore new content about post-genocide Rwanda and genocide against Native peoples in New England.
Test innovative teaching methods that support the Inquiry arc, and critical and creative thinking.
Learn to interrogate primary sources and work with learning activities using diverse materials and tools.
Practice and model the skills of upstanders in their classrooms, museums, and communities.
Become part of a growing professional community of colleagues that integrates genocide education and strategies for decolonization into classrooms, museums, and national parks.