Karen Polak is a historian and senior staff member at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. She has worked extensively in curriculum development and publishing with organisations across Europe. Currently she coordinates dissemination of the toolbox ( The project won the prestigious 2018 Comenius EduMedia Medal for excellent teaching materials, presented by the Institute for Pedagogy and Media in Berlin. She was on the Dutch delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance from 2001 to 2017 and chaired its committee on the genocide of the Roma. She is on the international advisory board of the House of the Wannsee Conference. 

Shannon Hancock is an English language and literature teacher at the International School of Amsterdam, with more than 20 years’ experience. She has taught at international schools in Brazil and Serbia, and at public schools in the United States. For the first 10 years of her career she taught at-risk and immigrant students. Shannon is passionate about technology integration in the classroom and showing students that the power of words can change the world. She believes that digital tools can connect us and promote social justice and activism in new and dynamic ways for young people. She has been a partner in the Stories that Move project for three years and piloted the learning paths in her classroom.

Title: Discussing Diversity and Discrimination in a Safe Learning Environment
Description: Many schools realize that in order to provide a vibrant learning environment for all students the school curricula needs to reflect diversity and inclusivity. Young people need to be given the opportunity to think about their identity and their relationship to the diversity around them. How to achieve this ambitious aim has long been the question for educators seeking a growth mindset in their classrooms. 
The online learning tool, Stories that Move: a toolkit against discrimination, helps students discuss diversity and discrimination and to reflect on their own choices through the personal stories of other young people. The tool seeks to ask, not to tell. 
During this interactive workshop we will experience several ways of addressing these complex issues in our classrooms. Stories that Move makes use of both Harvard’s Project Zero Visible Thinking strategies and innovative blended learning methods. Working with the authentic voices of young people, a safe space for honest dialogue in classrooms can be created. 

Stories that Move is free to educators everywhere.


Other Preconferences preceding the main conference

Date: March 24-25, 2020

The scheduled sessions are:
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus AB & BC (Combined)
- AP Computer Science Principles
- AP World History : Modern

Please register directly with The College Board for these.
AP Registration link:

For more information and registration materials for the AP Workshops, please visit:
If you have additional questions, please contact: Qu Ting Zheng, Associate Director, International Professional Learning, The College Board Email:

2. Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC preconference
Date: March 25, 2020, Wednesday
Please CLICK HERE for more details.
Contact: Sylvia Taylor <>
Fax: 1-650-696-1867

Date: March 24-27, 2020 (Tuesday to Friday)
Contact: Kelly McGovern /
Tel: 509-335-9195

For more information, please contact Kelly McGovern or consult the website for information about this leadership program. (If the link does not connect you to the USF/WSU site, paste the URL in your browser.)

** Please note that conference delegates attending this program need to register for both USF/WSU and ETC.



If you have any questions, please contact the EARCOS office or email Giselle Sison, ETC Program Coordinator at
Phone: +63 (02) 779-5147
Fax: +63 (49) 511-4694
Mobile: +63 928-5074876