Upcoming Teacher Professional Development and Webinars



Webinars are free and last 60-90 minutes 


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

7th-12th grades

As educators, we strive to give the past meaning for our students. Diaries and memoirs are essential tools in teaching the Holocaust, helping our students to develop both a historical and a human understanding of this complex history. This session will provide an overview of how to use these invaluable primary source records in your classroom and provide strategies and approaches to incorporate into your curriculum. Teachers will also receive an introduction to the resources of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center for both educators and students.

Workshop Includes:

  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 1 Clock Hour/CPDU


Origins of the Final Solution:  Psychology of Perpetrators – WEBINAR

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

7th-12th grades

Approximately, 5.4 million Eastern European Jews died under Nazi occupation. Nearly half of them were murdered in eastern Poland and the former Soviet Union, usually by bullets, sometimes by gas. What changed the attitude of the Nazis in regards to the Eastern European Jews between 1941 and 1942? Join us as we explore the origins of the Final Solution and the role of the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing squads) in eastern Poland and the former Soviet Union. Learn what made the mass murder of Jews in the East different from Nazi occupied territories in West. Uncover the history and put into context the overall destruction which led to a more efficient method of killing. Through textual analysis, educators will examine motivations and choices of those who participated in the killings and collaborated with the Nazis. Come away with resources and implementation strategies that promote critical thinking about individual choice and aspects of human behavior.

Workshop Includes:

  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 1 Clock Hour/CPDU


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Grades 7th-12th

Before the fall of Yugoslavia in 1992, Bosnia was a multi-ethnic melting pot. With the outbreak of war, this formerly peaceful state divided itself, transforming into a hateful and war torn land. Educators will examine political, economic, and cultural factors that led to the fall of Yugoslavia, the rise of Milosevic, and the beginning of the Bosnian War. Using primary resources, participants will analyze how neighbors turn on each other to gain authority, ultimately leading to genocide. Educators will leave with a deeper understanding of the history of the region and strategies to engage students in critical thinking about genocide from its origins to its aftermath. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 1 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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