Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.


Confronting Bias: Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Wednesday, October 20, 2016 | 9:00am–2:30 pm

3rd – 12th grade educators

Join Illinois Holocaust Museum and Teaching Tolerance to explore commonly held beliefs and biases that influence an educator’s ability to be responsive to all students. Engage in personal reflection, explore strategies for facilitating difficult conversations, plan student-centered instruction, and investigate ways to include teaching about race, racism, and police violence in your academic instruction. Educators, administrators, and counselors in grades 3-12 are encouraged to attend. Participants will receive “use tomorrow” classroom resources and publications from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Workshop includes:

  • 5 CPDUs
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Classroom resources
  • Free registration
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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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