Jessica Lander

Jessica Lander, a former Facing History student, is the author of "Driving Backwards" - a nonfiction portrait of small town New Hampshire that profiles the town that inspired "Peyton Place." Jessica is a teacher and writer living in Cambridge, MA, whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, The Huffington Post, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. She writes "Chalk Dust," a blog about her experiences in and out of the classroom.

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Tasting History: How to Teach Immigration to a Class of Immigrants

Posted by Jessica Lander on November 27, 2017

In my US history classes this fall, we’ve been exploring the journeys of immigrants who came to these shores early in the 20th century. We have listened to accounts from Ellis Island and examined Emma Lazarus’ inscription on the Statue of Liberty.

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Topics: Immigration

In Cambodia, Teaching a Difficult History

Posted by Jessica Lander on July 23, 2014

A woman who was interned in Auschwitz came to speak to our class.

We were in 7th grade and she gathered us around her.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Student Voices, Cambodia, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Facing History Together, Holocaust, Genocide/Collective Violence, History

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