Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Room 502 at Hood River Middle School is a virtual globe, and its students all travelers.
For Sarah Segal’s work in giving her sixth-grade students an understanding of world cultures, the HRMS teacher has earned the first annual Robert H. Jackson Center National Award for Teaching Justice.
Segal teaches Social Studies, Language Arts, Constitutional Law and Oregon History at HRMS.
Segal currently teaches sixth-grade Humanities and a constitutional law elective class. In a lesson last week, she handed out artifacts from Tibet, Saudi Arabia, India and other nations, including a Turkish wedding rug, and helped her students determine their cultural role and significance, and what aspects of the objects puts them in common with objects of other cultures.
Segal, a 10-year HRMS teacher, will travel next month to St. Louis to receive the honor from the Robert H. Jackson Center, in partnership with the National Council for the Social Studies.
“We are extremely proud of Sarah being the first recipient of this national award. It is yet another example of the high caliber of teachers that we have in the Hood River School District,” said Dan Goldman, district superintendent.
“Sarah Segal is a dynamic educator who leads by example and uses her role as a teacher and leader to encourage and motivate students to examine more closely the world around them,” said James C. Johnson, president and CEO of the Robert H. Jackson Center.
“She emulates the spirit of Justice Jackson, and the selection committee found her to be most worthy of receiving the 2013 Robert H. Jackson Center National Award for Teaching Justice.”
Segal said, “Teaching Social Justice incorporates my passion for exposing students to historical and modern circumstances of human existence, advancing critical-thinking skills, promoting meaningful dialog, and ultimately, cultivating student ‘voice.’”
The Jackson Award was created to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution toward teaching the concept of justice in creative, inspiring ways, which may include teaching about civil liberties, human rights, international humanitarian law, the Holocaust, genocide studies, or local issues of justice.
Segal will be presented with the Jackson Award on Nov. 22 during the annual conference for the National Council for Social Studies in St. Louis, Mo.
“Sarah is a passionate teacher that infuses her sixth-grade humanities class teaching with literacy, literature, and human rights curriculum,” said her principal, Brent Emmons. “Through her carefully selected literature and unit topics, she develops her student’s inquiry into local, national and global issues.
“Her constitutional law elective students sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills by researching current issues and exploring multiple perspectives supported by statistical data. Through their research projects, her students develop articulate questions, interview and communicate with public officials, and collaborate with local agencies.”
Segal received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology/anthropology from Western State College of Colorado in 1998 and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Montana in 2004. She has received numerous awards and grants and has participated in national and international travels to various countries, including China, Germany, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Turkey, for first-hand exploration of social, economic, environmental and historical interconnectivity of peoples throughout the world.
Her classroom is filled with posters, maps, rugs, both original and student work, representing cultures from all over the world, ranging from Tibet to Navajo lands.
This past year her students interviewed U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. House Rep. Greg Walden.
Segal has served with the Oregon Council for the Social Studies as a board member, secretary and conference coordinator, and House of Delegates representative at the NCSS annual conference. She has made numerous presentations at both state and national levels.
Born in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, Robert H. Jackson was a country lawyer in Jamestown, N.Y., who subsequently served as Solicitor General and Attorney General, and as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Following World War II, Jackson was selected by President Truman to be the Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal, Nuremberg, where he personally led the trials against senior Nazi leadership for crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. His ground-breaking work at Nuremberg served as a model for today’s International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Africa and elsewhere. His writings and actions have come to personify the American ideal of fairness and justice for all.
The Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, N.Y., was established to honor and advance Jackson’s remarkable legacy, pursue the relevance of his life’s work and to provide an educational facility for those purposes. The Center’s programs place special emphasis on educating youth on issues of justice and fairness and applying Jackson’s work in international humanitarian law as it relates to bringing to trial those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and other serious violations of international law.
More information about the Center can be found at www.roberthjackson.org.
District Human Resources Director Kevin Noreen and HRMS Principal Brent Emmons contributed to this article.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge