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Finding North is a one-person play commissioned in partnership with The Underground Railroad National Freedom Center to celebrate the courage and conviction of people who have struggled to make America a "more perfect union”. Written and performed by Dr. David Gonzalez, Finding North provides a vivid template for educators to consider historical narratives and contemporary interviews as entry points into social studies, history, creative writing, theatrical arts, and, perhaps most importantly, social justice. The workshop includes: background and development of the piece, performance of excerpts from the play, reflection on themes, exploration of oral history as research in the classroom, a discussion on how the play sheds light on contemporary issues, and a conclusion. This training is offered in collaboration with by Rockland Reading Council, STAC, and Rockland Teachers' Center.