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Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Dual Narratives

The workshop provided attendees with insights into the challenges of teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, suggestions for how to present the historical context and current situation using essential and unit questions, and methodology for teaching peace attempts and barriers to peace. Dr. Shoman provided attending educators with sample lessons, assessment tools, background readings, maps, and website links that can be used in the classroom.

The workshop was presented by Samia Shoman, Ed.D. Dr. Shoman is a Palestinian-American who was born and raised in California. She is one of seven children born to Palestinian parents from Beit Hanina, a village that borders Jerusalem. Her undergraduate education in Political Science was completed at the University of California at Davis. She continued her education at San Francisco State University where she earned a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Studies and a Masters degree in Multicultural Education. She earned a Doctorate of Education, with an emphasis on Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Her doctoral research focused on Palestinian- and Arab-American activism in the United States. Presently, Dr. Shoman teaches world history at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California. She also works with the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative at San Francisco State University.