GenEd Holds First-Ever GenEd Teacher Fellowship Program in Armenia

GenEd staff and Fellows at Silk Road Guest House & Folk Arts Hub

The Genocide Education Project (“GenEd”) held the inaugural GenEd Teacher Fellowship Program in Armenia, carrying out a week-long series of professional development activities for 15 U.S. high school educators. The new GenEd Teacher Fellows, who are from 14 U.S. states, attended academic sessions, participated in field trips, and engaged in discussion on human rights and genocide education, Armenian history and culture, and teaching pedagogy. 

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GenEd Teacher Fellows Rob Hadley, Amy Perkins, Allison Weller, Jeffrey Lewis, Justin Bilton, and Manuel Lopez share their thoughts

During the July 9-17 program, the GenEd Teacher Fellows spent mornings in academic sessions at the Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute (AGMI), located adjacent the Armenian Genocide Memorial Monument, thanks to the fruitful GenEd-AGMI partnership, combining AGMI’s unique and important role in Armenian Genocide research and remembrance with GenEd’s expertise in training U.S. educators. The American University of Armenia also joined the effort by hosting the GenEd Teacher Fellows for lunch and presentations by experts on Armenia’s economic, political, and educational conditions.

The GenEd Teacher Fellows have now returned to their home regions and continue to work with GenEd in planning professional development activities for their peers and lessons for the classroom. 

Here are a few comments from the inaugural GenEd Teacher Fellows:

“Working alongside the staff at the Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute to educate American teachers on aspects of our history and share with them Armenia today was a dream come true.”

Sara Cohan Fellowship program education director

My impression was these teachers are experienced professionals and also very human. The questions they posed and their reactions to our answers were very thoughtful, aimed at understanding the Armenian people,” said AGMI Director, Harutyun Marutyan. “Our partnership with GenEd is important because we are receiving new methodologies of education. The investment in Armenian Genocide education is an important one for the preservation of Armenian cultural heritage and identity in the 21st century.

“We’re so pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response of the GenEd Teacher Fellows to our new program,” said GenEd Executive Director, Roxanne Makasdjian. “It’s an affirmation by dedicated teaching professionals of the value of incorporating this topic appropriately in high school curriculums across the country.”

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SLIDESHOW: GenEd Teacher Fellowship Program in Pictures

The GenEd Teacher Fellowship Program has been made possible by generous grants and donations from:

Anonymous $90,000
JHM Foundation $25,000
Anonymous $25,000
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Armenian Communities Department $15,000 
AGBU $10,000
David and Margaret Mgrublian $10,000
Anonymous $10,000
Armenian Youth Foundation* $10,000 
United Armenian Charities – Dadourian Foundation $5,000
Edward and Vergine Misserlian and sons and families $5,000
Tufenkian Foundation $3,000
Apraham & Odette Panosian $2,000
Garo and Ani Kantarci $2,000
Jirayr and Serpouhi Sarkissian – $1,000
Bagdasarian Family Fund- $500
Harout and Ollia Yenikomshian  $500
Anonymous $500

The Armenian Youth Foundation awarded a grant totaling $10,000 to GenEd recently supporting the week-long GenEd Teacher Fellowship Program in Yerevan this summer. The Foundation’s mission is to preserve Armenian heritage by proudly supporting a variety of youth programs. Since 1973, it has awarded more than $700K in grants to over 20 organizations and Armenian schools. Learn more about the impact of the Foundation on our community and how you can support it by visiting armenianyouthfoundation.org

The Genocide Education Project is deeply grateful to all who have contributed financially and through their volunteer efforts to its broader mission.