Maine high school teachers attend Camden Conference Sept. 16

CAMDEN — Twelve high school teachers from across the state participated in the Camden Conference’s third annual global affairs teachers’ workshop Sept. 16, according to a news release from the Camden Conference. During the day-long session, the teachers worked with conference facilitators to learn about this coming year’s area of international focus and how it could be introduced into their classrooms.

The Camden Conference in the Classroom nine-month program helps build relationships and resource-sharing among Maine high school teachers who bring foreign affairs or global issues to their classrooms.

Emily Gribben, a participating teacher from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, said, “The conference brings important global issues to light and challenges us teachers with ways to incorporate international events into our lesson plans. The teacher workshops, sponsored by the Camden Conference, are informative and inspirational,” according to the release.

The 2018 conference weekend program is the “New World Disorder and America’s Future.” Speakers will explore the shifts in global power and the ramifications for major players, particularly China, the US and the nations of Europe.

Participating schools include Edward Little High School, Auburn; Gould Academy, Bethel; Watershed School, Camden; Lincoln Academy, Damariscotta; Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft; Piscataquis Community High School, Guilford; Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, Hinckley; Deering High School and Portland High School, Portland; Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport; and Medomak Valley High School, Waldoboro.

Joe Hennessey, a participating teacher from Piscataquis Community High School, said, “The interdisciplinary study associated with the Camden Conference help us augment our students’ world. After an introduction to international affairs in the classroom through various case studies and media, the students find attending the conference in February a profound…

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