Upcoming Teacher Professional Development and Webinars

 

NEW WEBINARS!

Webinars are free and last 60-90 minutes 

 

 

Teaching Civics through History- Lessons from the Holocaust

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 9:30-11:00am

Grades 6-12

Presented in partnership with IllinoisCivics.org

The Illinois Civics Mandate, newly expanded to include grades 6-8, provides ample opportunities to draw from the lessons of history to teach students how to be informed, engaged citizens. In this workshop, participants will explore the systematic efforts undertaken in Nazi Germany to strip Jewish citizens of their civil, economic, and political rights. Participants will examine this methodical dehumanization which exploited and deepened divisions in German society in the years prior to World War II. Educators will consider what actions ordinary people took to resist—and what factors led others to remain bystanders. We will explore how to bring the lessons of the past into the present.  Where do we see opportunities today to get involved to protect rights that are being threatened, and what positive actions can students take to address the essential question, “What role do individuals and institutions play in confronting injustice?” Explicit connections will be made to the Illinois Social Science Standards and Civics mandates,  Social Emotional Learning Competencies, and the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching.

Participants may earn 3 professional development credits for completing a post-webinar application activity. One credit hour will be given to participants who do not complete the supplemental activity.


Create Safe Inclusive Classroom Spaces for Teaching LGBTQ+ History

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 9:30-11:00am

Grades 6-12

Presented in partnership with IllinoisCivics.org

Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, the state of Illinois will require public schools to teach the role and contributions of LGBTQ+ people in Illinois and US history.  As educators, this presents an opportunity to incorporate new narratives and resources into our efforts to give the past meaning for our students. In this workshop, participants will explore oral histories as essential tools in teaching the LGBTQ+ experience and develop strategies to help students develop both a historical and a human understanding of this complex history. Experience free resources and lesson plans that have students explore the essential question, “How should we live together?”  Explicit connections will be made to the Illinois Social Science Standards and Civics mandates,  Social Emotional Learning Competencies, and the Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching.

Participants may earn 3 professional development credits for completing a post-webinar application activity. One credit hour will be given to participants who do not complete the supplemental activity.


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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