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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 14, 2004

Elementary Teachers To Discuss Social Justice In Classroom Oct. 22

How to talk about social justice in the classroom, and how to make the classroom itself a reflection of a socially just community, is the theme of a discussion that will bring elementary school teachers from as far away as New York City to the University of Iowa on Friday, Oct. 22.

"Teaching for Social Justice" will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 in Jones Commons, which is located in Room 300 North of the Lindquist Center (home of the UI College of Education) at the northeast corner of Burlington and Madison streets. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is expected to draw K-12 teachers from New York, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Ohio and throughout the Midwest to share strategies for teaching social justice in elementary classrooms by including human rights in social studies curricula, for creating socially just classroom communities, and for involving students in social action projects in the school and the community.

The event is being sponsored by the College of Education's Diversity Committee and is funded by a $10,000 grant from the National Council for the Social Studies.

For more information contact Professor Rahima Wade at 319-335-5118, or via email at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Rahima Wade, 319-335-5118,