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VT-HEC Offers Free Workshop on the Crisis in the Ukraine

The Crisis in Ukraine: Introducing a Historical Moment to the Classroom

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 marked the beginning of a new stage of conflict between Russia and the West, one with far-reaching implications. The effects of this war will reverberate for decades to come, shaping the world that today’s youth will inherit.

This workshop will explore the causes and consequences of Russia’s invasion, and consider Vladimir Putin’s motivation for the invasion, the world’s reaction to it, the prospects for peace, and the chances of a wider war. Educators will learn of resources that explore these broader questions and help them stay informed. The webinar will also identify themes educators can use to bring discussions of the war into an already packed curriculum. Finally, participants will discuss ways to pique student interest without provoking anxiety, thereby helping students process a historical event whose effects could shape the world’s future.

Melissa Willard-Foster, Ph.D., is an associate professor of political science at the University of Vermont and author of Toppling Foreign Governments: The Logic of Regime Change (Penn Press, 2019). She holds degrees from Georgetown University, the University of Chicago, and UCLA, and is a former post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a recipient of UVM’s Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award and teaches classes on international relations, international security, and foreign military intervention.

April 5, 2022 – 3:30 – 5:30

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Dennis has been the Director of the the VT-HEC since it was founded in 2000. He spent 16 years at the VT-DOE as Director of teams with various names that included: special education, Title I, health and wellness and other family and education support services. Prior to that Dennis worked at the Barre Town School (VT) starting as a special educator and serving many years as the Director of Student Support Services. He also spent 6 years as a classroom teacher grades 5-8 in NJ.

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