Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.

 

Special Echoes and Reflections: Leaders in Holocaust Education for CPS Educators

Monday, October 12, 2015| 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

 7 – 12th grade educators

Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives.

Participants Receive:

  • A complimentary copy of the NEW updated and expanded Echoes and Reflections Teacher’s Resource Guide.*
  • An introduction to the content and pedagogy of Echoes and Reflections through modeling active and collaborative learning.
  • 5 CPDUs; 5 PGPs
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Registration: $10.00
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Identity, Responsibility, and Choices: Holocaust Education for Younger Audiences

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | 9:00am -2:00pm

 5th-7th grade educators

 Location:

  • Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana
  • 585 Progress Ave, Munster, IN 46321

A study of the Holocaust is a complex undertaking. Students must be ready not only intellectually but also emotionally to understand the causes, events, and consequences of this chapter in history. In this workshop, participants will identify strategies for approaching the subject through the lens of character education, providing a framework on which students may construct meaning and begin to understand the historical context of the people, places, and events of the Holocaust by citing evidence, developing logical arguments, and synthesizing information drawn from multiple sources. Participants will also examine high-quality, age-appropriate resources and gather tools to create a meaningful introduction to the Holocaust at the 5th-7th grade level.
 
Workshop Includes:

  • 5 PGPs or 5 CPDUs
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom Resources
  • Registration Free
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Unlikely Upstanders: Rescue and Resistance Then and Now

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 4:30pm – 7:30pm

 For 5th – 6th grade educators

What do some people rush to help when others shy away? What impact do helpers, rescuers, and resisters have both directly and indirectly? Whether resisting Nazi oppression or taking a stand on contemporary social justice issues, individuals’ actions can have far-reaching consequences. Analyzing historic and contemporary examples of upstanders as case studies, investigate the impact individuals can have and discover ways to inspire your students to stand up and speak out on issues that matter to them.

 
Workshop Includes:

  • 3 PGPs or 3 CPDUs
  • Dinner
  • Classroom Resources
  • Registration Free
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Armenian Genocide and International Justice

Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8, 2015 | 8:30am – 3:30 pm

 7 – 12th grade educators

Presented in partnership by Facing History and Ourselves and Illinois Holocaust Museum

What is the responsibility of the international community when mass murder and genocide occur? In 1915, young leaders of the emerging new Turkish republic were enacting policies that led to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians. 100 years later we still live with the legacies of this event, and can use it to teach powerful lessons around identity, dehumanization, and justice.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Receive a free copy of Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians

Participants Receive:

  • 14 CPDU or PGPs
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Substitute Reimbursement (available only with pre-workshop request)

For questions regarding this professional development opportunity, please contact Erika_Wade@facinghistory.org.


 

Conflict Resolution: A Global Toolkit for Elementary Classrooms

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 9:30am-2:00pm

 3rd-6th grade educators

According to retired U.S. diplomat Hal Saunders, “We have lost the capacity to listen thoughtfully, speak respectfully, and relate constructively.” The presence or absence of these key interpersonal skills can determine the course of a conflict, whether between students on the playground or between nations on the global stage. Explore approaches to conflict resolution and peace building that will give your students the skills and confidence to be active classroom citizens while engaging with issues of justice, fairness, and rights.

Workshop Includes:

  • 4 CPDUs
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom Resources
  • Registration Free
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Teaching the Holocaust through Literature: A Centers Based Approach

Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 4:30pm – 7:30 pm

Participants will learn strategies for teaching the Holocaust using a centers-based approach that is aligned to Common Core Standards. Featured novels include: Milkweed, Night, and Behind the Bedroom Wall; the strategies discussed may be applied to other novels as well. Join IHMEC Sendler/JFR Lerner Fellow Kristin Gottschalk and IHMEC for an interactive and informative workshop.
 
Workshop Includes:

  • 3 CPDU or PGPs
  • Dinner
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Common Core State Standards:

The goal of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center’s Education Department is to offer the best training opportunities for teachers in grades 3-12 and to assist them in any way possible. Common Core Standards define what all students are expected to know and be able to do, not how teachers should teach. The standards lay out goals for student learning for each grade level; it is up to teachers and administrators to decide on the curriculum and teaching strategies that will help all students meet these ambitious goals. Our teacher training addresses standards in both English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. We offer a diverse collection of instructional materials and trainings for teachers. We include the use of classroom-tested strategies and share many of the same goals as CCSS, including the ability for students to comprehend a range of challenging texts, engage in collaborative discussion, analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse formats and media, to name just a few. As a part of our interaction with educators we consistently address CCSS and we encourage teachers to identify those materials that fit their own needs for teaching about character education, the Holocaust and other genocides while helping them develop the student skills outlines in the standards, as well as skills not covered in the standards.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum is a Center of Excellence of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous and a National Training Site for Echoes and Reflections.

 

 

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