Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.

Explore Identity and Build Understanding to Facilitate Difficult Conversations about Race

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:00 – 2:00 pm

For 6th and 12th grade educators

Each teacher has a unique opportunity to nurture students’ understanding of identity and difference. Educators who are equipped to have meaningful conversations about race then can: More effectively incorporate anti-bias curriculum; successfully implement diversity programs, and contribute to a school wide culture of respect and inclusion. Through interactive dialogue, learning techniques and exploration of our special exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? participants will explore their identity and build understanding about the diversity that surrounds them as they safely examine their own prejudice and bias through the opportunity to discuss sensitive racial and cultural issues with peers in a safe and supportive environment. This training will prepare educators to collectively discuss the role of race in our lives, share experiences of critical moments with students, and develop strategies for confidently and effectively entering into conversations about race in the classroom.

Featuring: Sara Wicht, Senior manager of Teaching and Learning, Teaching Tolerance – A Project of Southern Poverty Law Center

Workshop Includes:
5 CPDUs
Light breakfast and vegetarian style lunch
Classroom resources and materials
Registration Fee: $10

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The Heart of Darkness: Confronting Human Rights in North Korea

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:00 – 2:30pm

For 7th and 12th grade educators

As one of the most closed and repressive societies in the world, North Korea has for decades used a culture of fear and evil to commit systematic, widespread, and gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity. A true totalitarian state is represented by violations of the freedom of thought, life, and religion. A carefully concealed gulag system, described as North Korea’s “modern day concentration camps,” forcibly holds 150,000 to 200,000 political prisoners. Three generations of the same family, including children and grandparents, can be found in the camps. Horrifying glimpses have now come to light from those who have broken free; and satellite photos are helping to expose a system that the North Korean government continues to deny.Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Communities in Schools of Chicago, and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) for a full-day workshop that will introduce participants to one of the gravest human rights situations in the world today. Through an examination of historical context, case study and policy analysis; and engagement through media and digital literacy, including satellite imagery, participants will learn how approach a complex real-world issue 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 the world.

Location: University Center, 525 S. State Street, Chicago

Workshop Includes:
5 CPDUs
Light breakfast and vegetarian style lunch
Classroom resources and materials
Registration Fee: Free

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Developing Student Empathy in the 3rd – 6th Grade Classroom

Tuesday, November 4 , 2014, 10:00 – 2:30pm

For 3rd through 6th grade educators

The issues raised in the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? have particular relevance in the 3rd-6th grade classroom. As children begin to become more aware of the world outside of themselves, empathy and understanding of others can deepen. This workshop will give educators the resources and skills to develop a school climate that reinforces respectful behavior among students. We will also explore how to make lesson plans even more relevant and engaging by intersecting students’ personal learning styles, their family and ethnic cultures, and an understanding of historical and sociopolitical contexts with the core curriculum.

You will leave the workshop understanding why it is important to pay attention to race and ethnicity at your school, where potential places of conflict are hidden, and what to do about them so that you and your students can benefit even more from so many cultures coming together.

Featuring: Susan O’Halloran, master storyteller and diversity educator; Eileen Hogan Heineman, Manager, Racial Justice Programs, YWCA Evanston/North Shore; Gloria Woods, YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Workshop Includes:
4 CPDUs
Light breakfast and vegetarian style lunch
Classroom resources and materials
Registration Fee: $10

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Overlapping Triangles: Teaching About Non-Jewish Victims of Nazism

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 10:00 – 2:30pm

For 7th and 12th grade educators

Alongside the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, the Nazi regime persecuted and murdered Roma and Sinti (“Gypsies”), the mentally and physically disabled, homosexuals, political dissidents, and many other social and racial groups. Yet these “other victims” are often excluded from Holocaust education. Join Dr. Danny Cohen, Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University, as he introduces his new curriculum, Overlapping Triangles.

Part of The Unsilence Project, Overlapping Triangles is a free, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on themes of prejudice, identity, and social action. Providing a framework for integrating the many victim groups of Nazism within the central Jewish Holocaust narrative, the curriculum also addresses the ongoing persecution of those same communities today. Made up of short learner-centered activities, Overlapping Triangles can be easily adapted for time, grade level, and course subject.

Participants will receive full access to Overlapping Triangles resources. Engage and use the different parts of the curriculum and learn how to adapt them for your classroom. Increase your confidence in teaching about Holocaust history by exploring new pedagogical guidelines.

Featuring: Danny Cohen PhD, Learning Scientist and education designer , Northwestern University

Location: University Center, 525 S. State Street, Chicago

Workshop Includes:
5 CPDUs
Light breakfast and vegetarian style lunch
Classroom resources and materials
Registration Fee: Free

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

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

For 7th and 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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Identity, Responsibility, and Choices: Holocaust Education for Younger Audiences

Date and Time: TBD, spring 2015

For 5th and 6th grade educators

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 and 6th grade level.

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

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Perpetrators and Protectors: The Holocaust in the Balkans

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

For 7th and 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:
5 CPDUs
Light breakfast and vegetarian style lunch for day training
Classroom resources and materials
Registration Fee: $10

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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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