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Wins award from 9/11 Tribute Center

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 19, 2015 At 06:00 PM

AITE History Teacher Nicholas DeAntonis is one of only eight teachers in the country to receive the 9/11 Tribute Center’s Annual Teacher Award. Because so few teachers are supported in their efforts to teach about 9/11, the Center honors those who create lessons that help students understand the impact of that day.

Since so few students know about it, DeAntonis decided to dedicate an entire unit to September 11 in his Middle Eastern Studies Class this year.  The ball got rolling this summer, when DeAntonis became a curriculum consultant for the Tribute Center’s “Teaching 9/11 Toolkit for Educators.” He is one of only 16 teachers nationwide whose lesson plans are included in the online kit, which was launched this school year.

As part of his unit, DeAntonis had his students do an oral history project and interview their parents and others who lived through 9/11. He also took the class to the Tribute Center and Ground Zero. DeAntonis, who is currently studying U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, says it’s unique to teach about a historical event he actually lived through.

Teaching modern day history has its challenges, says DeAntonis. Since it’s still so new, information continues to emerge, as things develop in real time. Intense emotion is still attached to the event as well. But DeAntonis says the topic will become easier to approach with time. For now, the history teacher just wants his students to walk away with a better grasp on the topic, past, present, and future.

DeAntonis was also nominated by Stamford Public Schools for the Teacher of The Year Award, which will be announced in April.  



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