Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.

 


Confronting Bias: Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Thursday, 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 Clock Hours (IL), 5 PGPs (IN)
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Classroom resources
  • Free registration
The workshop is at capacity. We are no longer accepting registration at this time. 

Women in the Holocaust

Enhanced Learning Opportunity – Echoes & Reflections

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 9:00am–3:00 pm

7th – 12th grade educators

When teaching about the Holocaust to our students we connect the history most effectively and meaningfully through the human story. It is within this story that we will explore how women faced a unique set of challenges, and how we can create space for their voices within our Holocaust curriculum. Join IHMEC and Sheryl Silver Ochayon from the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, as we examine the pre-war roles and responsibilities of women, and how they changed during the war and Holocaust. From immigration, hiding, choices and resistance in the ghettos and camps, this session will look at the life-and-death dilemmas faced by women throughout the Holocaust. Through the use of testimony, diary excerpts, memoirs and readings, resources will provide participants with diverse perspectives, and a toolkit of strategies to bring back to their classroom to stimulate engagement and critical thinking in their students.

Workshop includes:

  • 5 Clock Hours (IL), 5 PGPs (IN)
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Classroom Resources & Strategies
  • Tour of IHMEC’s Special Exhibition: Women Hold Up Half the Sky
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Response and Resistance: Using Primary Sources to Teach About Ghettoization During the Holocaust

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 10:00am–2:30 pm
Location: Jewish Federation of NW Indiana (Munster, IN)

7th – 12th grade educators

Between the walls, chaos, and inhumanity of the ghettos in occupied-Europe, we must also help our students understand that Jews responded and resisted to this unprecedented reality in a variety of ways and were not merely passive objects of persecution. Even in the darkness of the ghettos, with the most limited resources, many Jews actively strove to maintain their dignity, education, culture, and even hope in humanity. Join us as we explore the history and human story behind this complex history through the use of collaborative discussion, case studies promoting critical thinking, and strategies grounded in primary sources to help participants meaningfully integrate this narrative into their classrooms. 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:

  • 4 Clock Hours (IL) and 4 PGPs (IN)
  • Lunch
  • Classroom Resources
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From Knowledge to Action: Inspiring Students to Create Change through Service Learning

Thursday, November 17 | 4:30-7:30pm

5th – 12th grade educators

Join the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Jennifer Ciok and Shelley Nizynski Reese of A Better Life for Kids to explore the importance of service learning and the powerful impact it has on students, the school, and the greater community. Explore different ways to implement service learning within your existing curriculum or add something new, plan student-centered instruction and investigate ways to expand your students’ thinking to create real change in the world.

Workshop includes:

  • 3 CPDUs
  • Dinner
  • Classroom Resources and Activities
  • Free Registration
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Confronting Bias: Facilitating Difficult Conversations In The Classroom

Thursday, February 9 | 9:00am-2:30pm

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 Clock Hours (IL), 5 PGPs (IN)
  • 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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