Upcoming Workshops

All professional development align with Common Core Standards.

Elementary School Teacher Workshops


Dr Marc Brackett_Jan2011-2The RULER Approach: Fostering Emotional Literacy 
May 8, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Featuring: Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Faculty Fellow Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University

Intended for 3rd-6th grade educators

5 CPDU credits are available.
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Secondary School Teacher Workshops

iwitnessLearning through Technology: iWitness

at the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School, 3210 Dundee, Northbrook, 847.498.2100
November 13, 2013 | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Featuring: Brandon Haas, Senior Education and Content Specialist, USC Shoah Visual History Foundation

Technology is a critical vehicle for teaching today’s students. IWitness makes available over 1,000 testimonies from the USC Shoah Visual History Foundation, and uses an online application to enable educators and their students to watch, search, edit, and share video, images, and other content within a secure, password-protected space.  Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Brandon Haas, Senior Education and Content Specialist, USC Shoah Visual History Foundation in presenting this evening workshop on IWitness that will help 7-12 grade educators integrate video testimony into their curriculum in ways that engage students and build their digital literacy skills. Registration is limited to 50 participants. Light refreshments will be served

3 CPDU credits are available.
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stanleeComplicity, Collaboration, and Collective Responsibility: Ethical Questions in the Holocaust
February 19, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Featuring: Stanlee Stahl, Executive Vice President, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

The history of the Holocaust tells of many people forced to make ethical choices. Why did some people participate in persecution, as perpetrators or collaborators, while others risked everything to save someone? And what of those who were complicit in atrocities, by choosing to remain passive or silent? In this workshop, explore some of the ethical questions faced by individuals and the range of responses they undertook.

5 CPDU credits are available.
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In-the-aftermath-300x199In the Aftermath of Genocide: Rwanda Twenty Years Later
March 21, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Educators’ Institute for Human Rights present a full-day workshop in which we will focus on exploring the history and aftermath of the genocide, providing the concepts and tools necessary to make the best connections to your classroom and human rights curriculum. Through the examination of survivor testimonies, and web-based and primary resources, participants will discuss how to enhance the teaching of the genocide, and be able to foster a tolerance and understanding of the history, culture and collective healing of an nation in the aftermath of atrocity.

5 CPDU credits are available.
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Armed Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust – a Hands On Workshop

April 29, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Featuring: Mitch Braff, Executive Director, Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation

During this full-day workshop, educators will have a chance to learn about The Jewish Partisan Education Foundation’s (JPEF) new thought provoking curriculum called RESIST. With layers of interactivity unprecedented in most any curriculum, RESIST is designed to teach 6th-12th grade students the ethics and enduring understandings arising from the stories of the Jewish partisans. This interactive day of learning led by Mitch Braff, Executive Director of the JPEF, will provide teachers with techniques, lesson plans and activities to incorporate into their existing curricula.

5 CPDU credits are available.
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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 3-16 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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