Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.



Content, Context, and Complicity: Teaching the Holocaust in 21st Century Classrooms

Wednesday & Thursday, February 25 & 26, 2015, 9:00 – 3:30pm

For 7th through 12th grade educators

The Illinois Holocaust Museum, in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, presents a two-day professional development program that will provide teachers with resources and pedagogical approaches to teach about the Holocaust. Through an examination of historical context, engagement through the Museum’s permanent exhibition, survivor testimony and media and digital literacy, participants will learn how to approach a complex history that promotes the skills of critical thinking; exploration of different perspectives; collaborative discussion and civic literacy, empowering students to actively engage with their communities and what it means to be a responsible citizen today.

Workshop Includes:
11 CPDUs at completion of two-day program
Light breakfast and vegetarian style lunch served both days
Books and Resources provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Registration Fee: Free

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Perpetrators and Protectors: The Holocaust in the Balkans

Thursday, April 30th 9:30-2:30pm

For 7th through 12th grade educators

The story of the Holocaust in the Balkans is complex as well as tragic. While more than 550,000 Jews from Nazi-occupied Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Bulgaria were killed, the circumstances surrounding their deaths and chances for individual survival varied from country to country. Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum as we explore the historical perspectives of each country, and the complex role of perpetrators and protectors. Participants will engage in collaborative discussion and activities, promoting the skills of critical thinking; exploration of different perspectives; and learning how to empower students to actively engage with this history.

Featuring: Dr. Benjamin Frommer, Professor of History at NW University; Director of the Holocaust Education Foundation, Northwestern University.

Workshop Includes:
Light breakfast and vegetarian style lunch for day training
Classroom resources and materials
Registration Fee: $10

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Stitching Resistance: Art as Testimony and Protest in Chile (1973- 1990)

For 7th through 12th grade educators

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 4:00- 7:00pm

Location: Ogden International School, 24 W. Walton Street, Chicago

On September 11, 1973, Chilean General Augusto Pinochet led the armed forces in overthrowing President Salvador Allende’s democratically-elected Marxist government. The subsequent dictatorship lasted from 1973 until 1990, and was marked by brutal repression. Tens of thousands of Chileans were detained by the military regime. Many of them were disappeared, never to be heard from or seen again, or were returned to their homes after having been tortured as a warning to others.

Join Wellesley College Professor, author and human rights advocate Marjorie Agosin as she recounts the story of the arpilleristas, Chilean women who gathered to stitch visual textiles, or arpilleras.  Made of scraps of cloth, the arprilleras served as a symbol of these women’s opposition to the dictatorship as well as a memorial to their losses.

Professor Agosin will be joined by education consultant and writer, Dunreith Kelly Lowenstein, who will introduce curriculum materials and activities to enable participants to help bring this important history to the classroom. Poetry, art, fiction, primary sources and film will be integrated in the workshop.

Registration Fee: Free

Workshop Includes:



Classroom Resources and Materials


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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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