Sarah Segal, a 1998 Western grad, is a teacher at Hood River Middle School in Hood River, Oregon.
“Sarah Segal is a dynamic educator who leads by example and uses her role as a teacher and leader to encourage and motivate students to examine more closely the world around them,” said James C. Johnson, President and CEO of the Robert H. Jackson Center. “She emulates the spirit of Justice Jackson, and the selection committee found her to be most worthy of receiving the 2013 Robert H. Jackson Center National Award for Teaching Justice.”
A middle school teacher for the past 10 years, Segal is a passionate teacher that infuses her sixth grade humanities class teaching with literacy, literature, and human rights curriculum. Through her carefully selected literature and unit topics, she develops her student’s inquiry into local, national and global issues. Her constitutional law elective students sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills by researching current issues and exploring multiple perspectives supported by statistical data. Through their research projects, her students develop articulate questions, interview and communicate with public officials, and collaborate with local agencies. This past year her students interviewed U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and U.S. House Representative Greg Walden.
"Attending Western was the springboard experience that sent me out into the world," Segal says. "I am still an avid back-country skier & mountaineer, had more fun than I should have in Gunnison, and was introduced to anthropology at Western. That education continues to influence my teaching today."
Segal received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology from Western State College of Colorado in 1998 and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Montana in 2004. She has received numerous awards and grants and has participated in national and international travels to various countries, including China, Germany, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Turkey for first-hand exploration of social, economic, environmental, and historical interconnectivity of peoples throughout the world.
“Teaching Social Justice incorporates my passion for exposing students to historical and modern circumstances of human existence, advancing critical-thinking skills, promoting meaningful dialog, and ultimately, cultivating student ‘voice,’” related Sarah Segal.
Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies has members throughout the United States and several foreign countries. Membership includes K-16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators. NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for teachers of civics, history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. For more information please visit www.socialstudies.org.
(Portions of this article were derived from a press release provided by the Robert H. Jackson Center.)
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