Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.


The Economics of Genocide

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 4:30pm-7:30pm

 9th-12th grade educators

In partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

While all modern genocides are characterized by inhumanity and ethnic/racial hatred, the impact of economic factors as an element of genocide causation is often overlooked. Join IHMEC Sendler/JFR Lerner Fellow Larry Leck and Holocaust historian Dr. Peter Hayes for an in-depth study in how economic and environmental factors, coupled with attitudes of racial and ethnic superiority, fueled decisions that led to mass murder of targeted populations. With particular emphasis on the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, we will examine how economic policies and practices were essential components in the killing of millions of people, and may put societies at risk for future genocides.

Workshop Includes:

  • 3 CPDUs
  • Dinner
  • Classroom Resources
  • Registration Free
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Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 9:00am–2:30 pm

7th – 12th grade educators

In partnership with United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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 global responses to the Holocaust through the lens of both the United States and Latin America. How did other countries respond to the crisis of European Jews seeking refuge? Why did some Jews emigrate, while others stayed?
Participants will also examine how and why the Holocaust happened in Europe, and what factors impacted the choices, motivations and pressures of individuals in the face of growing persecution against their Jewish neighbors? Why did some individuals choose to collaborate with perpetrators while others choose to help their neighbors against persecution and murder?
Learn how to approach this complex history through activities and collaborative discussion, promoting critical thinking, civic literacy skills, and tools to empower students to actively engage in what it means to be a responsible citizen today.

Special Opportunity: Participants will also tour and engage in a lesson surrounding the special exhibition Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 , produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and hosted by IHMEC to coincide with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games.

Workshop Includes:

  • 10 CPDUs
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom Resources
  • Registration Free
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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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