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  • Rosemarie Treanor 9:02 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Reflections 

    This morning was supposed to be my final day at Cardozo, however there was a field trip that reduced our class size to about two people. So our teacher postponed our final lesson until January. When I go back for the lesson we will have pizza and the students will present their final projects. I’m excited! (More …)

    • Sara 9:08 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great job, Rosie! The students of Cardozo HIgh School are better off because of your discussions!

      • Rosemarie Treanor 8:22 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your kind words, Sara.

    • Fran 11:06 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rosie, you will have something to look forward to in January!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 8:54 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Sensitive Topics 

    Last Friday December 3rd my co-facilitator and I discussed LGBTQ rights within the context of human rights. At our support meeting, we were told to ease into the topic to not stir up unnecessary rowdiness.  We didn’t want to give the students an opportunity to act up when we were discussing such a sensitive topic. Initially we talked about definitions, and then we discussed hate crimes and the recent suicides of homosexual adolescents. At times the class got out of hand, and there were some pretty severe homophobic comments. Their teacher sat with the students and kept an eye on things, thankfully. There was a great Wikipedia site that showed each country and their LGBTQ laws. The chart spurred an interesting conversation when we compared the different laws. Overall, it was a very emotional day. I was taken aback by the homophobic comments, but my hope is that the students were able to get something out of the lesson.


    • Fran 11:10 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This must have been very difficult. I’m sure the students got the message that every human being is special!

      • Rosemarie Treanor 8:23 pm on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It was difficult. Let’s hope the message came across to the students!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 8:45 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    An Amnesty International Plug 

    Hello all!

    Just a quick post on my final Amnesty International HRESC training session which occurred on Saturday, December 4. I couldn’t believe another month had gone by! It was really good to meet up with the other facilitators and discuss our different experiences. Although all of us work at Cardozo and Anacostia, we all have had very special and unique movements with our classrooms. Everyone in the DC area should come to the celebration of Human Rights Day at Busboys and Poets Saturday the 11th at 6:30! Should be a great time for a worthy cause!

    Disclaimer: As always, the opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Amnesty International or the HRESC program. This blog is purely the opinions of Rosemarie Treanor.


  • Rosemarie Treanor 2:21 am on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Women’s Rights- An Off Day 

    Hi all-

    Last week we did women’s rights at Cardozo. When we started it was apparent that everyone was having an off day, it was a Friday afternoon, who could blame them! Honestly it was a typical day in the classroom. We did some activities, read some examples, and discussed our feelings. But what was most interesting was the game we played. Midway through the lesson everything was really slowing down, so my co-facilitator suggested “Big Bootie.” No joke. The “Big Bootie” sings a little tune and everyone has a number. You have to say your number than someone else’s number and keep with the beat. It really got everyone pumped up and happy, and it worked great! We were singin’ and dancin’ the afternoon away!

    This week is LGBTQ rights, looking forward to it!


  • Rosemarie Treanor 1:22 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Individual Activism 

    Hello readers!

    I am excited to tell you all about my most recent Cardozo experience! Last Friday was a beautiful day, which provided an optimistic backdrop to discuss activism. The HRESC supervisor came to observe my class, so I was a little nervous, but having her in the classroom with us was really great. Our two icebreakers spurred conversation about international travel, which I loved. Then we discussed how activists can be, in theory, anyone in any place. We discussed “the greats” like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. But then I showed them examples of teens making a difference, courtesy of dosomething.org. The students really enjoyed discussing stories of adolescents doing something in their community. My favorite part of class was certainly when everyone went on the computers and wrote letters to an authority figure about an issue that was important to them. (More …)

    • David Fletcher 6:59 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How was the feedback from your HRESC supervisor?

      • Rosemarie Treanor 2:20 am on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hi David-
        She didn’t say too much, it was very informal. Next week though she is coming back to my classroom with another AI staffer.

    • Fran 5:42 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      When I think of the word Activism I think of people stepping up to the plate, and trying to make a difference. It looks like you made a difference in the minds of the students by directing them to try to do something about current issues they can relate to.

    • Rosemarie Treanor 2:19 am on December 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Fran!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 3:06 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Death Penalty 

    I apologize for the absence of posts recently; classes at Cardozo were cancelled for two Fridays in a row. Fear not, I am roaring back to all your computers with a new and exciting blog post!

    I must admit that I really missed the students; it was strange not seeing them at the end of their week to catch up. Last week my class discussed the death penalty in the context of human rights. It was a daunting subject, and I had no idea how the class would proceed. We started with an open discussion on the death penalty and reasons behind crime. We watched a few interview clips of prosecutors involved with high-profile crimes, which were extremely interesting. The students were captivated. (More …)

    • Chris 8:45 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What I would really like to know is how the students responded to the death penalty. Were any supportive of it being implemented at all?

      • Rosemarie Treanor 1:27 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Chris, thanks for reading. The death penalty received mixed reviews from the class, I don’t think anyone agreed with anyone else!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 2:15 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Holocaust and Human Rights 

    Hi readers! Last Friday I was back in the classroom at Cardozo, ready and excited for another class. When I entered the classroom a few female students and I chatted over my clothes and fashion, and I was happy to talk to them about a fun subject. Our topic of the day was the Holocaust, and the previous week most students expressed their interest in the subject.

    We started with some icebreaker questions, and much to my delight the students actively participated. I was introduced to two new students, and I was ecstatic to see we had seven students attending the class. We discussed facts about the Holocaust and other genocides, and I was thrilled by the responses from the students. Many made impressive observations during our conversations and told personal family stories. The conversation grew a bit hostile and heated when we began talking about immigrant rights, so we steered the conversation back to the topic. (More …)

    • Sara 2:23 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like you are really starting to connect with them! Keep inspiring them with your fashion and sis-ness 🙂

    • Mike Martini 2:58 am on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rose, you are an amazing person and an amazing role model for students who need it most!

    • Hannah 10:43 pm on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It sounds like you are really inspiring these students Rosemarie; I’d really like to be a fly on the wall in one of your classes. Keep doing the amazing things you are doing.

  • Rosemarie Treanor 6:05 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Human Rights In The Classroom 

    Hi all! I know you are sitting at the edge of your seats, waiting for an update. Here it is!

    Last Friday October 8th we had our first lesson at a classroom at Cardozo High. My co-facilitator and I used icebreakers so the students could get to know us, and everyone participated! I was thrilled! We talked about going to college, and shared some experiences. I found myself defending the AU basketball team- who would have ever thought I knew so much about March Madness? So many Georgetown fans in the classroom, sigh.

    We discussed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN, and why we need rights in general. The Human Rights Education Service Corps (program of Amnesty International) provided excellent resources. One of our activities was to imagine how the world might be a better place. My favorite activity was when I wrote HUMAN on the board, and everyone said words that came to their minds. We had an extremely lively discussion.

    The highlights of the day included full classroom participation. I reiterated a million times that it was a safe space, that we were all here to listen to each other. The teacher told me she has never seen everyone speak during class. At the end of the class a student came up to me and shook my hand, and told me he was looking forward to next week. I am still touched, his comment made every second in the classroom completely worth it. (More …)

    • Sara 6:56 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rosie you are doing something really great! I’m so proud of my friend. Keep making the world a better place!

      • Rosemarie Treanor 2:24 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Sara! You’re wonderful!

    • Fran 4:31 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rosie, I like the way you started the discussion by writing the word HUMAN on the blackboard. You are a natural teacher!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 7:36 pm on October 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Week 1! Facilitating on behalf of Amnesty International 

    Hello blogosphere friends!

    Last Saturday I had facilitator training with Amnesty International. It was so fantastically informative, the lessons and materials provided are top-notch. I never realized while facilitating the information I will be learning so much myself. Very exciting!

    This morning I observed my classroom at Cardozo High School by U Street. It was actually my first time being in a D.C. public school. The teacher was fabulous, and the students were intrigued about who I was and what I was doing there. When I was walking around the classroom, I had a very amusing conversation with a girl about homecoming and football players.

    Next week we are starting our first lesson, so excited. It focuses on what does it mean to be human and why we need/have certain human rights. Stay tuned for the next update! Thanks for reading!

    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Amnesty International or the HRESC program. This blog is purely the opinions of Rosemarie Treanor.

    • Ashley W 3:15 am on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like you’re well on your way to an exciting semester Rosie! I can’t wait to hear more especially about the kids.

      • Rosemarie Treanor 2:32 pm on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Ashley!

      • David Fletcher 4:35 am on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think that all of our students and graduates who work in DC schools, whether through DC Reads, UELIP, Teach For America, or Amnesty International, get an amazing opportunity to see education first-hand from the other side of the desk.

        It affords a realistic perspective on the challenges, successes, joys, and frustrations that educators experience. What a great opportunity to teach and inspire others.

        • Rosemarie Treanor 5:56 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink

          I agree David. Thanks!!

    • Fran 4:36 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rosie, I just saw Waiting for Superman. I recommend this movie. It outlines what is broken in many of our schools. It is so nice to see that young college students are having an impact on the DC schools. Good luck!

  • Rosemarie Treanor 12:33 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    An Amnesty International Experience 

    My name is Rosemarie Treanor and I am originally from New York. I’m a senior in SIS with a concentration in International Development. I’m thrilled to tell you about my work with one of my favorite organizations of all time, Amnesty International. Starting very soon, I will be facilitating human rights education in a D.C. school, and will be specifically working with the Human Rights Education Service Corps.

    I cannot tell you all how excited I am to start. I knew coming into this semester I wanted to work with an organization that I believe in, an organization that gets my blood pumping, that makes me want to leap out of bed in the morning. For me, Amnesty International is the epitome of human rights defense, and I’m elated that the position with them involves education, an exciting field for me.

    We start training Saturday, and then it will begin! Thanks for reading, next week I will tell you all about my D.C. placement!

    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Amnesty International or the HRESC program. This blog is purely the opinions of Rosemarie Treanor.

    • David Fletcher 3:28 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What makes this opportunity so intriguing is that you are being trained by an world renowned organization to help educate future leaders and gloal citizens. How cool is that!?

      And best of all it will impress your prospective employers. Good luck with AI this fall.

      • Rosemarie Treanor 3:14 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much David!

    • lara 8:43 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      so glad to see you are blogging! i bet ai will be very different from sesame street, don’t you think? : ) hope all is well!!

      • Rosemarie Treanor 2:07 am on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Great to hear from you Lara. Maybe I will see you around the career center!

    • FB 2:25 am on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nothing like being somewhere that makes you want to jump out of bed! All the best to you!

      • Rosemarie Treanor 2:33 pm on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you!

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