Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media 2
Lauren Fischer, US Diplomacy Center
Alison Mann, US Diplomacy Center
Heba el Shazli, George Mason University
This project blends academia and pedagogy. The simulations are grounded in current scholarship about history, diplomacy, international relations, and contemporary global issues. They encourage hands-on student interaction that promotes dynamic learning – “diplomacy in action” – as well as learning from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The simulations are culturally sensitive and are designed for learners in any country with an international focus. At the heart of diplomacy are 21st-century skills such as active listening, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and problem solving, critical skills for teaching in history classrooms. Diplomatic simulations are relevant, interdisciplinary, flexible, and adaptive to a range of high school and college classrooms, including global history, regional history and U.S. history. The diplomatic simulations take from 90 minutes to two hours to complete in the classroom and will be freely available for download on the U.S. Diplomacy Center website in both pdf and Word formats.
Participants in this roundtable will offer 10-minute presentations on their experiences developing the simulations and facilitating them in the classroom. Gwendolyn K. White of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and project manager for the Diplomacy in Action project will discuss the process of researching and writing relevant and engaging simulations. Lauren Fischer, Education Program Specialist for the Diplomacy Center, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, and Alison Mann, a consultant to the U.S. Diplomacy Center, will discuss the educational mission of the center and outreach efforts to make diplomatic simulations more accessible to educators and students. Kevin Briscoe, a teacher in the Loudoun County Public School system has extensive experience utilizing simulations in high school classrooms. He will discuss how simulations expose students to a wide range of historical concepts and critical thinking skills. Professor Heba El-Shazli will share her experiences with diplomatic simulations in the college classroom. The presenters will then invite comments from the audience.