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Member districts are eligible to host the two tuition free graduate courses in their district.  A letter or e-mail from the Superintendent requesting the courses is all that is required and the district will be placed on the list for the next opening.  Requests should be sent to Stacy Schiller, Director at or sent to Kean University Diversity Council, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083, to the attention of the Director.

Districts Scheduled to Host Courses: 

2012-2013    East Brunswick, Livingston, Red Bank Regional HS, Watchung Hills Regional HS, West Orange, Kean University

2013-2014  Bloomfield, Cranford, East Windsor Regional, South Orange-Maplewood,  Kean University

2014-2015  Somerville, Hazlet, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Roselle Borough, Kean University

2015-2016  Bogota, South Plainfield, Kean

Course Descriptions: 

EMSE 5342 Teaching the Holocaust (Fall Semester)

This course will balance historical information with Holocaust teaching pedagogy.  Historical content will be determined by the depth of class background in the subject matter.  The Holocaust will be viewed from the perspective of the perpetrator, the victim, and the bystander. Emphasis will be placed on issues such as Antisemitism, the nature of evil, and the responsibility of individuals and institutions such as governments and religious organizations. Participants will look to first understand the Holocaust and its lessons themselves, and then find instructional methods to support their students in doing the same.  Strategies for teaching the subject at all grade levels will be explored and age appropriate curricular materials will be examined and developed.  A connection will also be made between the lessons of the Holocaust and the human rights issues of  recent times. The format will include brief lectures, class discussions, survivor testimony, a visit to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and perusal of literature, videotapes/DVDs, and print material.

EMSE 5343 Teaching Prejudice Reduction (Spring Semester)

This course will draw significantly upon the experiences and background of the class. The nature of the subject matter will engender active and usually intense discussions. Among the topics examined during this semester will be race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, the nature of prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, bullying, and scapegoating. Issues of gender, class, disabilities, homophobia, and the minority experience in America, past and present, will be focal points of discussion. Teaching strategies which aim to reduce the role of prejudice in students' lives today and in the future will be extensively emphasized. Curricular materials, age appropriate, will be examined as well as videotapes/DVDs, and guest speakers.