Upcoming Teacher Professional Development and Webinars

 

NEW WEBINARS!

Webinars are free and last 60-90 minutes 


Part 1: Workshop with Paul Salmons | Ordinary things? What can be learned from a forensic study of Holocaust artifacts?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT 

For educators in grades 7-12

This workshop with Paul Salmons, the curator of “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,” and “Seeing Auschwitz,” approaches the history of the Holocaust through one small shoe: a seemingly very ordinary thing. It provides guidance and practical classroom approaches to empower learners to read artifacts as evidence.  

Through guided group discussion, we will uncover intimate details about the owner of this little shoe, using skills of deduction, inference and the analysis of historical sources. Relating what we discover to what is known from other sources we will explore meaning in the historical narrative and consider how this can help young people learners to ask significant and important questions about this complex and emotionally challenging past.  

The activity is designed to stimulate deep personal reflection and the questions raised will provide a stimulus for deeper exploration of the Holocaust in further classroom lessons. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Part 2: Workshop with Paul Salmons | Presenting Auschwitz – Implications for the Classroom

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

For educators in grades 7-12

“Auschwitz Not Long Ago Not far away” is the world’s largest historical exhibition on the history and significance of the largest killing center in human history. Comprising some 700 original artifacts and more than 400 photographs, it presents the public with the material evidence of mass murder and confronts us with searching questions for what this means today. 

What educational challenges and opportunities are we presented with when we ask young people to explore this difficult, emotionally challenging past? How do we move students without traumatizing them; what do we do with the toxic nature of Nazi material, which needs ‘handling with care’; and how do we avoid dehumanizing the victims? 

Exploring the curatorial choices made in the creation of this major historical exhibition we will consider together the implications for teaching and learning in the classroom. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Rescue During the Holocaust: The Story of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 |  3:30-5:00pm CDT

For educators in 7-12 grades

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous 

Rescuers, those who risked their own lives to help Jews to survive during the Holocaust, were a small fraction of the overall population—but they play a significant role in teaching students about the importance of standing up to injustice. In this workshop, the award-winning documentary “Footsteps of My Father” introduces the story of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, one of only five Americans to be named Righteous Among the Nations. Explore teaching strategies to engage with your students on this important aspect of Holocaust history and their own capacity to take a stand. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Art as Witness, Art as Memory: Exploring Artwork Created During and About the Holocaust 

Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

For educators in grades 7-12

In this workshop, participants will explore artwork of individuals whose will to create could not be destroyed by the Nazis. Explore a brief history of degenerate art (a.k.a. modern art) in contrast to Nazi-approved art, and then examine artwork created by prisoners inside ghettos and concentration camps. Analyze the work of a contemporary artist who was inspired by the Holocaust and the relationship among memory, place, and loss. Select artists and artwork will be introduced as case studies to learn tips and techniques for engaging students in meaningful conversations around works of art. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Diaries during Crisis, War, and Genocide with Alexandra Zapruder

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT 

For educators in grades 7-12

In Partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center 

Salvaged Pages is a stirring collection of diaries written by young people during the Holocaust reflects a vast and diverse range of experiences—some of the writers were refugees, others were hiding or passing as non-Jews, some were imprisoned in ghettos. The diarists ranged in age from twelve to twenty-two; some survived the Holocaust, but most perished. Taken together, their accounts of daily events and their often unexpected thoughts, ideas, and feelings serve to deepen and complicate our understanding of life during the Holocaust. 
  

This workshop will focus on how to use Salvaged Pages, and the accompanying documentary, I’m Still Here, with your students. Alexandra will also share resources designed to help Social Studies, English language arts, and other teachers use young writers’ diaries in their classroom. Click here to find out more about Alexandra Zapruder, Salvaged Pages, and Dispatches. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


The Nazi Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses:  A Story of Human Courage that Must be Told  

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:00pm CST

For educators in grades 7-12

History tells us that the majority of people, including well-educated professors, scientists, clergy, and common citizens, supported, collaborated with, or even zealously participated in persecution and murder of minority groups including Jews during the Nazi regime.

What was it that enabled a small Christian minority to resist being drawn into the hatred, violence, and genocide we now call the Holocaust?

Participants will explore the challenges, choices, and consequences of nonconformity at a time when being different could cost a person their freedom, or even their life. Teaching this little known history raises important moral and ethical questions about intolerance, peer pressure, personal responsibility, and respect for human life, including the law of conscience. Explore resources to engage students in this important history by means of non-graphic archival footage, primary documents, holocaust art, and personal survivor experiences and testimonies.

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Civics in a Diverse Society: Incorporating Anti-Bias and Civics Education to Prepare Students to Participate in Our Democracy 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CT

For educators in grades 9-12

Join Illinois Holocaust Museum, ADL, and Bites Media for a workshop exploring Strengthening Our Democracy: Civic Participation in the 21st Century, a curriculum exploring six key civic themes designed to expand students’ knowledge about the democratic process and their role as engaged citizens. Beyond establishing an understanding of government and its functions, this approach incorporates exploration of identity, group membership, power and privilege to sharpen students’ ability to recognize the role bias plays in civic life. Click here to learn more about the curriculum.

This workshop will engage educators in exploring the role identity, diversity, bias and justice in their roles as citizens and educators of citizens. Participate in interactive activities from ADL’s anti-bias learning framework, and learn how to incorporate this new curriculum in the classroom.  Participants will also be introduced to Illinois Holocaust Museum resources that support civics education.

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Approaches to Nazi Racism and the Jim Crow South 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST

For educators in grades 7-12

Although different in many ways, the histories of racism and antisemitism in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow America during the 1930s illuminate some universal phenomena that manifested during these distinct historical contexts. Both periods can trace part of their roots to the rise of a new “science” of eugenics, which became an international movement used to give legitimacy to racial policies. Studying these two histories together is neither meant to equate suffering nor gloss over the uniqueness of each historical period. Instead, it raises critical questions for students, educators, and communities today. This workshop/presentation will examine these histories and questions by using USHMM resources designed for today’s classroom.    

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Exploring Deeper Connections Through a South African Folktale 

Tuesday February 23, 2021 |   3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST

For educators in grades K-4

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to strategies to engage students in active learning to explore fear and resilience through storytelling. ‘Abiyoyo’ is an old folktale from South Africa…a long time ago and far away in a village in Africa. Through puppetry and theater techniques, educators will learn approaches to explore their students’ creativity while engaging with emotions, developing empathy, and celebrating diversity.

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Native American Nationhood and US Law

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST

For educators in grades 7-12

Most Americans have learned about U.S. government being composed of federal, state, and municipal governments – but what about tribal governments? In this workshop we will examine the complex place of sovereign Indigenous nations within the framework of U.S. law and policy. Taking a historical approach to the development of Indigenous-U.S. relations, we will begin with systems of tribal law and governance that predate the United States and Canada, such as the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Great Law of Peace, in addition to highlighting important current events, such as the appointment of Deb Haaland (Pueblo) the first Native American to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Interior. This workshop will provide an overview of key concepts, legal decisions, and legislation that form the basis of the unique relationship between Indigenous nations and the United States, and strategies to engage with students on this important and complex aspect of US history.

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Nonviolent Struggle for Social Change: From Apartheid to Today

Wednesday, March 10 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST

For educators in grades 7-12

In partnership with the Peace Exchange

Nonviolent movements have achieved positive social change throughout history. In this workshop, explore the movements that worked for decades to end to apartheid in South Africa and their influence on nonviolent movements active today. Participants will be introduced to resources and strategies to engage with their students on this important history and to inspire students to take informed action in accordance with the Illinois Civics mandates. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


GUIDEPOSTS FOR CRITICAL REFLECTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS & NELSON MANDELA’S LIFE

Monday, March 15, 2021 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

For educators in grades 7-12

The life of Nelson Mandela provides rich and unique opportunities to engage with students on the topic of human rights. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the life and work of Mandela through the lens of critical inquiry, through a curriculum developed by Dolana Mogadime, PhD. Dr. Mogadime is Full Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Brock University, and the Faculty Chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Decolonization. Each participant will receive a copy of the curriculum.

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


Operation Barbarossa: War of Destruction 

Tuesday, May 11, 2020 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT 

For educators in grades 7-12

Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, began a two-front war. It was not only a military campaign against the Red Army, but also an ideological war to annihilate the Jewish population in the East. This workshop will take a deeper look into the history behind Operation Barbarossa and the Nazi occupation of Soviet Territories. Participants will analyze the two different campaigns, both military and ideological, and learn how the two mutually reinforced the other, which led to a war of destruction. Educators will come away with resources that they can implement in their classroom. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Educator Resources
  • 1.5 Clock Hour/CPDU


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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