Photos: Professional Development Day, UN Bob Sink
On Election Day 2016, Hibakusha Stories team members Kathleen Sullivan and Deb Brindis facilitated Teaching Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a workshop for educators with the New York City Department of Education in collaboration with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. The day began with a tour of the disarmament exhibit at UN headquarters. Attendees were then given a brief history of nuclear disarmament and the role of the UN by Michael Spies, Political Affairs Officer at the Strategic Planning Branch, heard the story of second generation hibakusha MItchie Takeuchi and were introduced to the Otterman Foundation’s Oleander Project, a disarmament initiative which brings teachers from the US and Middle East to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the afternoon teachers broke into groups to develop unit plans utilizing NY State Social Studies Standards and Common Core guidelines.