Conflict and Genocide Poster Project

Conflict and Genocide Poster Project

Dayton, United StatesKettering, United States
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Project Stage:
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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The Dayton Regional STEM School is a 7-12 public school in Dayton, OH that seeks to prepare students for success in the 21st Century.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

I teach a unit on Conflict and Genocides of the 20th Century in my World History class. I believe there is a need for students to understand what causes conflict, how our responses to conflicts and genocides have evolved over the course of the previous century, and how we can apply previous lessons from history and an understanding for different peoples, religions, and cultures to understanding and helping to resolve current, ongoing, and future conflicts of the 21st Century.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

My solution is to teach an integrated unit that incorporates history, language arts, and art to teach about conflict and genocide. The unit culminates in a letter writing campaign to students' members of congress about the Arab-Israeli conflict and a poster that memorializes a genocide or draws attention to a conflict. Students also go through a process of finding organizations they would like to help support that help prevent or respond to humanitarian crises and then sell prints of their posters to help raise money for them.
Impact: How does it Work

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In order to help students learn how to do this, I have teamed with our school's Language Arts teacher and Art Teacher to help students gain a better understanding of the conflicts and genocides of the 20th century that we study and provide an outlet for what they think should happen in a current conflict; specifically, the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Students begin by reading Martin Luther King Jr's "World House Essay," which highlights the problems that lead to conflict and helps explain how a better understanding and tolerance for all cultures and religions along with a policy of non-violence on the part of nation-states will help us end conflict once and for all. Students then trace the development of laws against Human Rights violations and Genocide as we study the conflicts in history and read about conflicts through an assortment of books in language arts. Finally, students apply what they have learned to the Arab-Israeli conflict, writing a letter to their member of congress and then creating artwork that memorializes a genocide or draws attention to a current conflict. These posters allow students to both express their views through art while also giving them a way to make their work public, as these posters have been displayed at Wright State University, the Dayton Peace Museum, and the Dayton Art Institute. This allows the community to interact with the posters and even purchase the art. The money raised through poster sales is then donated to the organization of the class's choosing so that students are actively contributing to others' well being.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

This solution is relevant to anyone in high school education, particularly in the humanities.
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The Dayton Regional STEM School
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Organization Name

The Dayton Regional STEM School

Organization Country

, OH, Kettering, Montgomery County

Country where this project is creating social impact

, OH, Dayton, Montgomery County

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The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

An integrated project that integrates Art, History, and Language Arts to teach students about conflict and genocide in the 20th century.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

This teaching method engages apathetic students and gets them to truly understand why they should care about international events.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Students' artwork has been displayed throughout Dayton and students have reported an increased awareness, understanding, and appreciation for international events as a result of this unit.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

As we repeat the project for this school year, we hope to begin raising funds for other organizations in addition to the learning benefits that students experience by going through this integrated unit. We expect modest amounts of money raised, but hope to increase this amount as the project is repeated on a yearly basis.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Raise enough money to cover the costs of the art supplies (approx. $400 for 50 students)- 1st month on display

Task 2

Package and share project with 1 other school in the OSLN learning network

Task 3

Identify 2-3 new locations that we can display students' art to help cast a wider net for possible donations

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Raise 400% of the money that was spent on art supplies ($1600)- 3 months on display

Task 2

Package and share project with 2 addition schools in the OSLN learning network

Task 3

Identify 2-3 more locations that we can display students' art to help cast a wider net for possible donations

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

While attending the National Council for the Social Studies conference in 2010 in Denver, CO, I listened to a speaker explain that you can't simply teach about the depressing events of the 20th century-there has to be an outlet for students to see how we can learn from the mistakes of the past. This unit was created to help students understand the historical, emotional, psychological, sociological, and cultural barriers to peace so that they can identify those barriers and speak out against them, whether on an international, national, or local scale. After coming home from the conference I sat down with the Language Arts teacher to figure out how we could provide an outlet for students to express themselves, and she came up with the idea of talking with the Art teacher, and from there it turned into a unit that not only provided students with an expressive outlet for their emotions, but also helps provide funding to organizations that are seeking to end conflicts around the world.

Tell us about your partnerships

We have partnered with Wright State University, the Dayton Peace Museum, and the Dayton Art Institute to display work. Partners provide a space to display the artwork students have created and help collect money and sell posters to raise funds for the organizations we are donating to.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

This project could be achieved with the same level of staff we have now by simply paying for the time it takes to gather together materials and identify conferences that this lesson could be presented at.

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