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Janusz Korczak Association of the USA

March 25, 2021
Dear Korczakians,
In March 2021, Janusz Korczak Association of the USA together with the Drew University’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study co-sponsored a three-part study seminar entitled "Children's Rights in Our Time: The Legacy of Janusz Korczak." A welcome address was given by Joyce Reilly, Vice President of the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA. The entire seminar was dedicated to the memory of Irving Roth who, after experiencing concentration camps during WWII, dedicated his life to spreading a message of unity and compassion and created a beautiful Korczak Center at Temple Judea in Manhassett, Long Island, New York. Here is Irving speaking about his hero, Janusz Korczak:
Many of you were able to attend the seminar and many others asked for access to its recordings. Below you will find the links to the three recordings.
Seminar 1: March 4th, 2021
Children's Rights: Concept, History, and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Jonathan Levy, Director of Pedagogy and Advocacy of Child Rights in Action, explored the role of children's rights in the thought of Janusz Korczak.
Access Recording 1 Here
Access Passcode: nQ$X1A.4
Seminar 2: March 11th, 2021
Janusz Korczak's Life and Legacy for Educators Today
Mariola Stahlberg, founder of the not-for-profit Shining Mountain Center for Peaceful Childhood and Korczak USA, began this seminar by talking about Janusz Korczak's childhood, his career as a writer, pediatrician, educator, and his advocacy for children's rights. She was followed by Sara Efrat Efron, Professor Emerita at National Louis University, who discussed how to support children in times of crisis by teaching them responsibility for self, others, and communities at large.
Access Recording 2 Here
Access Passcode: M^KV37hM
Seminar 3: March 18th, 2021
Teaching Today through Children's Rights and Korczak's Inspiration
Ira Patacki, a former lawyer who has shifted to a career in education, examined the children's republic in the classroom today. The Youth Court and its emphasis on the concept of restorative justice offers an ideal way to promote individual responsibility and constructive group interaction to promote change and empower our students as stakeholders in the school community. The SKY (Sharpsville Korczak Youth) Court arose as an organic hybrid of Korczak's progressive vision and the concept of restorative justice.

Access Recording 3 Here
Access Passcode: ptm.08xp
Let us know how you enjoyed the seminar and what other topics you would like to explore in the future.
Best regards,
Mariola Strahlberg
for Korczak USA
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