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Americans Who Tell the Truth free workshop for teachers at Ellsworth High School

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Americans Who Tell the Truth ( and Operation Breaking Stereotypes invite high school educators to a free workshop, where you will spend an afternoon learning how to connect your classroom with exciting and meaningful programs that engage students and address standards.

“Inspiring Citizenship and Student Performance” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Ellsworth High School, 299 State St. Contact hours are available and participants will receive a certificate of participation. Space is limited to 40 teachers and administrators.

Teachers can register on at

If you have questions, please contact Connie Carter, director of Operation Breaking Stereotypes.

The program and invitation letter are below:

Professional Development Program
3:30 p.m. Exhibit Viewing, Refreshments, Registration on Website

4 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

4:10 p.m. Overview of Americans Who Tell the Truth

How the project started
What drives the project
Portrait Stories as Teaching Tools
4:40 p.m. Words from an Americans Who Tell the Truth Portrait Subject

5 p.m. Teacher Testimonials

Area Teacher
Connie Carter – Operation Breaking Stereotypes
Rob Shetterly — Central High School – Louisville, KY

5:30 Guide to Website

5:45 p.m. Breakout sessions: opportunities to explore materials, website, and
brainstorm with colleagues.

6:15 p.m. Share results/questions/ideas from breakout sessions

6:50 p.m. Next steps, questions, evaluation.

7 p.m. Heading home!

AWTT Cards, Posters and Books will be available for purchase.

Americans Who Tell the Truth is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the only safeguard of democracy and the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Through portraits and stories of exemplary American citizens, both historical and contemporary, AWTT teaches the courage to act for the common good. The original portraits and accompanying resources promote our country´s ideals, illuminage the necessary work of the present, and inspire hope in the future.

Operation Breaking Stereotypes is a non-profit, service-based organization working with schools to help students address ethnic, socio-economic, gender, and racial stereotypes through writing, reading, music, photography, and personal connections.
Invitation Letter

Dear Teachers:

As you begin a new semester, we offer you a great professional development opportunity to add a new dimension to your teaching.

Americans Who Tell the Truth and Operation Breaking Stereotypes invite you to a free workshop, “Inspiring Citizenship and Student Performance”. The workshop will be held at Ellsworth High School, February 6, 3:30-7 pm. We are excited to offer you this opportunity to frame your course content in a meaningful real world context as you guide your students to become informed, courageous citizens.

A selection of Rob Shetterly´s Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) portraits will be on exhibit at Ellsworth High School from January 29 until February 8. Apart from being inspiring and stimulating paintings, they have, over the past decade, proven to be accessible and effective classroom tools, especially in the visual and performing arts, social studies, history, and English/language arts disciplines.

Come be part of a presentation and conversation about how AWTT materials have and can be employed in classrooms to increase student interest and performance. In Louisville, Kentucky, where the portraits have been a part of public school curricula for four years, students have demonstrated improved attendance, retention and performance. This workshop will acquaint you with AWTT, its educational resources, connections to content and standards, and ways to use this material in your school and classroom.

Presenters include AWTT artist Rob Shetterly, an AWTT portrait subject, and, a teacher who has used AWTT in the classroom.

The space will be limited to the first 25 teachers and administrators who wish to attend.

Please register to reserve your space or email me to ask a question. Feel free to suggest this to other teachers in your building or district. We are encouraging people to come as a team – administrator, content area teachers, students – whatever you feel constitutes a “team” at your school!


Connie Carter, Director
Operation Breaking Stereotypes