Upcoming Teacher Professional Development

All professional development align with Common Core State Standards. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are for educators in grades 7 and up. 


The Lodz Ghetto, a Model of Destruction and Resistance: An Echoes and Reflections Workshop

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 9:00am – 2:30pm

7th-12th grades

One of the largest and longest-existing ghettos in Nazi-occupied Poland, the Lodz ghetto was at once unique and universal. Using the Lodz ghetto photographs of Henryk Ross and Echoes and Reflections resources, participants will explore the ghetto in-depth: Jews’ efforts to survive and resist, to maintain dignity, culture, education, and hope in the midst of systematic destruction. Participants will return to their classrooms with a toolkit of primary sources and strategies to engage students in critical thinking and to meaningfully integrate this narrative into their classrooms.

Workshop Includes:

  • Dinner
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 5 Clock Hours


Postcards & Letters: Using Primary Sources to Teach the Holocaust

Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 6:30-9:30pm

7th -12th grades

For Jewish Sunday and Day School Educators

As educators we strive to give the past meaning for our students. Holocaust-era postcards and letters—seemingly ordinary, everyday objects—reveal both a historical and human understanding of this complex history. We see their authors as real people faced with the unimaginable, often reaching out in desperation to others in hopes of receiving help, encouragement, or simply news that a loved one was still alive. Join IHMEC, Dr. Justin Gordon, Holocaust postal historian, and Jennifer Murtoff, educational materials developer, as you learn to integrate these unique and invaluable primary resources into the classroom. This session will provide an overview of the Holocaust, using actual correspondence written by the victims to document the steps along the way, and provide strategies and approaches to incorporate these primary source materials into your curriculum. Teachers will receive a copy of the book Holocaust Postal History: Harrowing Journeys Revealed Through the Letters and Cards of the Victims and sample lessons and materials from the accompanying teacher resource supplement.

Workshop Includes:

  • Kosher Dinner
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 3 CPDUs


How Much is Too Much? Holocaust Education in Middle Grade Classrooms

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 9:30am- 2:00pm

5th – 6th grades

A study of the Holocaust is a complex undertaking. Students must be ready not only intellectually but also emotionally to understand the causes, events, and consequences of this chapter in history. In this workshop, participants will identify strategies for approaching the subject through the lenses of character education, social emotional learning, and civic engagement. The workshop will provide educators with a framework on which students may construct meaning and begin to understand the historical context of the people, places, and events of the Holocaust by citing evidence, developing logical arguments, and synthesizing information drawn from multiple sources. Participants will also examine high-quality, age-appropriate resources and gather tools to create a meaningful introduction to the Holocaust at the 5th and 6th grade level.

Workshop Includes:

  • Light breakfast and Lunch 
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 4 Clock Hours/CPDUs


Liberation & Legacy: Teaching the End of World War II in Europe

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 9:00am – 2:30pm

7th-12th grades

In partnership with The National World War II Museum 

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. To commemorate this important event, join IHMEC and The National WWII Museum to explore new resources, primary sources, and survivor and liberator testimony to engage your students in a study of the end of the War in Europe, the liberation of the concentration camps, and the ongoing significance of these historical narratives. 

Workshop Includes:

  • Light breakfast and Lunch 
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 5 Clock Hours/CPDUs


Liberation & Legacy: Teaching the End of the World War II in the Pacific

Wednesday, January 29, 2019 | 9:00 am -2:30pm

7th– 12th grades

In partnership with The National World War II Museum

To mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, join IHMEC and The National World War II Museum to explore the tragic end of the War in the Pacific Theater. Using newly-created resources, documents, and testimony from prisoners of war, develop strategies to deepen your students’ understanding of this important historical period and its ongoing impact.

Workshop Includes:

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 5 Clock Hours/CPDUs


The Career of Ruth Bader Ginsberg:  Pursuing Equality Under Law

Friday, February 21, 2020 | 9:00am- 2:30pm

7th – 12th grades

In partnership with the American Bar Association

Workshop Includes:

  • Light Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 5 Clock Hours or CPDUs


Teaching the Holocaust Through Movies

Monday, March 9, 2020 | 9:00am- 3:00pm

7th-12th grades

Interest in learning about the Holocaust has increased in recent years, but how do we ensure our students are also learning from the Holocaust? Movies are an effective tool to engage students emotionally as well as intellectually. Dr. Paul Bartrop, Professor of History at Florida Gulf Coast University, will introduce participants to strategies to guide students in becoming critical consumers of film, helping them gain access to diverse perspectives, develop empathy, and connect their lives, values, and concerns with those of people in the past.

Workshop Includes:

  • Light Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 6 Clock Hours


Diaries and Memoirs:  Using Primary Sources to teach the Holocaust

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 9:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Illinois Education Association, 304 South Eldorado Rd., Suite 2, Bloomington, IL 

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:

  • Light Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 5 Clock Hours


Lodz Ghetto a Model of Destruction : An Echoes and Reflections Workshop

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 |9:30am – 2:00pm

Location: Illinois Education Association, 3440 Liberty Drive, Springfield, IL 

7th-12th Grades

One of the largest and longest-existing ghettos in Nazi-occupied Poland, the Lodz ghetto was at once unique and universal. Using the Lodz ghetto photographs of Henryk Ross and Echoes and Reflections resources, participants will explore the ghetto in-depth: Jews’ efforts to survive and resist, to maintain dignity, culture, education, and hope in the midst of systematic destruction. Participants will return to their classrooms with a toolkit of primary sources and strategies to engage students in critical thinking and to meaningfully integrate this narrative into their classrooms.

Workshop Includes:

  • Light Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 5 Clock Hours


How Much is Too Much? Holocaust Education in Middle Grade Classrooms

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 9:30am- 2:00 pm

Location: Illinois Education Association, 2110 Clearlake Blvd., Suite 103, Champaign, IL 

5th – 6th grades

A study of the Holocaust is a complex undertaking. Students must be ready not only intellectually but also emotionally to understand the causes, events, and consequences of this chapter in history. In this workshop, participants will identify strategies for approaching the subject through the lenses of character education, social emotional learning, and civic engagement. The workshop will provide educators with a framework on which students may construct meaning and begin to understand the historical context of the people, places, and events of the Holocaust by citing evidence, developing logical arguments, and synthesizing information drawn from multiple sources. Participants will also examine high-quality, age-appropriate resources and gather tools to create a meaningful introduction to the Holocaust at the 5th and 6th grade level.

Workshop Includes:

  • Light breakfast and Lunch 
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 5 Clock Hours/CPDUs


Untrustworthy Neighbors: The Fall of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian War

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 4:30pm-7:30pm

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:

  • Non-Kosher Dinner 
  • Classroom resources and materials
  • 3 Clock Hours or 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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