Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.


Echoes and Reflections: Leaders in Holocaust Education


Monday, August 3, 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
  • FREE registration


Advanced Seminar

Echoes and Reflections: Extending the Content, Rescuers and Non-Jewish Resistance


Tuesday, August 4, 2015| 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 7th – 12th grade Educators

Using Lesson 7 from the Echoes and Reflection Teacher’s Resource Guide join us for an in-depth study of the complexity  of rescue in various countries in order to widen this complex and fascinating picture of altruism undertaken by individuals and organizations. We will ask ourselves what moral lessons can be learned from these Righteous Among the Nations stories? How are the actions of communities different from diplomats or individuals? Can one person make a difference? These questions and more will be explored and connected to provide the relevance of this topic to your students’ lives in the 21st century.

Participants Receive:

  • 4 CPDUs; 4 PGPs
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • FREE registration
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*Please note that if you have taken an Echoes training in the past we encourage you to attend this training to work further in-depth with the curriculum and learn about the newest updates.


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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