Bill Fernekes served for 36-and-a-half years as a social studies and Spanish language teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional HS in Flemington, New Jersey.
From 1987 to 2010, he was the supervisor of social studies at Hunterdon Central, overseeing the expansion of the social studies program and its recognition in 1997 as a national Program of Excellence by the National Council for the Social Studies.
Bill was an original member of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Education Steering Committee, and has worked in human rights education for over 25 years in New Jersey and other parts of the U.S. He also was the advisor for the Hunterdon Central student Amnesty International chapter from 1986 until his retirement, and was an invited participant for the recent conference at Harvard University to develop a national human rights education strategy for the U.S. He resides with his wife Sheila Fernekes, a self-employed jewelry designer, in Raritan Twp, NJ.
- Bill will be giving a presentation at the National Council for the Social Studies annual meeting in Washington D.C. in early December 2011, about the Natural Disasters Bulletin, along with Val Pang (co-editor) and Jeff Helsing, U.S. Institute of Peace (essay author in the Bulletin).
- He is also teaching a secondary social studies methods course at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ during the fall 2011 semester and will be integrating HRE within the class content and activities.
Recent HRE Publications:
- “Human Rights Education,” with Felisa Tibbitts. In Samuel Totten and Jon Pedersen, editors, Teaching and Studying Social Issues: Major Programs and Approaches. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2011. [view online]
- “Studying the Haitian Earthquake.” In Valerie Ooka Pang, Jack L. Nelson, and William R. Fernekes, editors. The Human Impact of Natural Disasters: Issues for the Inquiry-Based Classroom. Silver Spring MD: National Council for the Social Studies, 2010: 39-42.
- “Natural Disasters and Children’s Rights.” In Valerie Ooka Pang, Jack L. Nelson, and William R. Fernekes, editors. The Human Impact of Natural Disasters: Issues for the Inquiry-Based Classroom. Silver Spring MD: National Council for the Social Studies, 2010: 83-90.