Cassie Parkin, an ICNC High School Curriculum Fellow, developed, offered and moderated a course on the introduction to civil resistance in 2019 as part of the ICNC High School Curriculum Fellowship. As the results from course evaluations show, students found the course to be extremely beneficial and valuable for their education.
The information featured below was submitted as part of the fellowship requirement that, among others, included creating a detailed course proposal, developing curriculum content, designing evaluation tools, selecting participants and extensive moderation throughout the course.
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Cassie Parkin is a teacher specializing in senior English and social science. She graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada, with an honours degree in English and a concurrent Bachelors of Education. She has a strong background in gender, sexuality, and equity studies that she applies within her teaching practice. She has spent her teaching career, both abroad and in Canada, focusing on using education to interrogate systems of power that negatively impact student success and wellbeing. Cassie has been employed at The Linden School for three years, bringing her feminist pedagogy and social reconstructionist critical theory to both middle and high school students. The Linden School is a not-for-profit, all girls, social-justice, school that gives space for Cassie to empower her students to make a positive change within society.
Course Title: Challenge & Change in Society: Nonviolent Resistance, Change, and movements.
Term: Winter 2020
High School: The Linden School, Toronto, Canada
Abstract: Students will gain an understanding of the ethics of nonviolent movements, analyze the history of nonviolent disobedience, and reflect on its use in todays society. Through philosophical texts, case studies, documentaries, and peer-reviewed social scientific studies, students will gain valuable insight into the history, function, and future of nonviolent civil resistance. This course will prepare students for entering the public sphere and becoming active citizens within their society.