Teacher Training Workshops

The Japanese American Incarceration: Constitutional Vigilance in Times of Crisis

Teacher Training Workshop in Merced, CA (2014). Photo Credit: Greg Marutani.

Teacher Training Workshop in Merced, CA (2014). Photo Credit: Greg Marutani.

Several times in our nation’s history, political leaders have been faced with balancing constitutional rights with issues of national security. These decisions were colored by many factors, including wartime hysteria, misinformation, sensationalized media, and racism. The workshop session will cover the historical background of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II, connections to current events and other communities, and the ongoing lessons of discrimination, civil liberties, and justice.

This workshop is sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) through a grant from the U.S Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program.

  • Classroom Materials: Participants will receive a copy of JACL’s highly acclaimed curriculum guide, A Lesson in American History: The Japanese American Experience, and a DVD copy of Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis.
  • Professional Development: This workshop is eligible for Professional Learning credits. For information, contact education@jacl.org.
  • Local Connection: Discover the local impact of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII by learning about the history of nearby confinement sites.
  • Substitute Teacher Reimbursement: The school district will be reimbursed for each teacher who participates in this workshop.

For information, contact:  teacherworkshop@jacl.org

2015 Workshop Dates

Friday, January 30, 2015

Santa Fe Community College

Jemez Room

1401 Richards Avenue

Santa Fe, New Mexico


Friday, February 13, 2015

Holocaust Museum Houston

5401 Caroline Street

Houston, Texas


Saturday, March 28, 2015

JACL Meeting Hall

5414 West Glenn Drive

Glendale, AZ 85301


Friday, April 24, 2015

Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center

200 Tower Avenue

St. Paul, Minnesota


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Boston University School of Education

2 Silber Way, Rom 423

Boston, Massachusetts


Friday, November 13, 2015

Hilda B. Jones Center

382 East Baird Avenue

Salt Lake City, Utah


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