Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards.

Skokie Revisited: Hate Groups and The First Amendment

Wednesday, July 26| 9:00am – 3:00pm

7th – 9th grade educators

Join the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and Illinois Holocaust Museum for a full-day workshop as we examine the landmark Supreme Court case of the National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie (1977). This case tested the limits of the First Amendment, demonstrated the United States’ commitment to freedom of speech, and inspired Holocaust survivors to become activists to fight hatred with education.

Through collaborative discussion, textual analysis, and testimony from eyewitnesses, Mayor of Skokie, George Van Dusen, and former State Senator, Howard Carroll, participants will be provided with a toolkit of strategies that promotes critical thinking to explore the implications of First Amendment issues and challenges we are currently facing, and reflect on the legacy of this important case on Holocaust memory and education. Senior Counsel for ACLU of Illinois Rebecca Glenberg will also join us to discuss the First Amendment as it relates to this case and current events.

Workshop includes:

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 5 (Clock Hours) CPDUs
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Difficult Conversations: Teaching the Lessons of an Imperfect Past and Present

Tuesday, August 29 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In partnership with Facing History and Ourselves

Understanding history and it lessons is integral to an understanding of the condition of being human and to our students’ role as engaged and civically minded citizens. But over a century of multiple genocides and human rights atrocities on multiple continents offers a bleak verdict; sometimes even current events can leave us despairing. What insights can the humanities and the social sciences bring to the table? How might the lessons of the 1930s and 1940s inform and instruct us today? How can other historical examples and today’s headlines offer “teachable moments” in the classroom and community? How might we engage our students in difficult conversation about racism, dangerous speech, targeting of minorities, and rising antisemitism? Join IHMEC and Dr. Mary Johnson, Senior Historian at Facing History and Ourselves, as together we engage in personal reflection, explore strategies for facilitating difficult conversations, and receive a toolkit of strategies that promote critical thinking to address the sometimes challenging learning of history in today’s 21st century classroom.

Workshop includes:

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 5 (Clock Hours) CPDUs



Teaching the Holocaust: Empowering Students

Friday, November 3 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

How do we create impactful and thoughtful learning of the Holocaust with students?  Through delivery of the valuable Echoes and Reflections program participants will join IHMEC and  Sheryl Silver Ochayon from the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, to explore and gain access to a range of classroom content and consider instructional enhancements to support students’ study and reflection of the history of the Holocaust. Educators will enhance their own knowledge about the Holocaust, including the history of antisemitism, and build confidence and capacity to teach this complex subject, and its ongoing meaning in the world today.

Echoes and Reflections is for both experienced Holocaust educators who are supplementing their curricula and for teachers new to Holocaust education.

  • Promotes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust to today’s students.
  • Addresses academic standards—including Common Core State Standards—using informational texts and primary source documents.
  • Incorporates compelling visual history testimony into ten multipart and modular lessons to engage students in the lives of survivors, rescuers, liberators, and other witnesses of the Holocaust.
  • Combines the experience and resources of three world leaders in education: the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem.


Workshop Includes:

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 5 Clock Hours/CPDUs




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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