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Summer Institute for Educators

Summer Institute will be held virtually from July 12-26, 2021.

Teaching About the Holocaust

Through this introductory institute, teachers will begin an investigation into the history of the Holocaust (1933-1945). 

During this intensive, five-day seminar, participants will become familiar with content area, literacy-based teaching methods, and resources to teach Holocaust history to their students. 

The course will include primary source readings, use of historical documents, multimedia presentations, guest speakers, and will draw interdisciplinary connections that align with state and national standards.

Educators will return to their classrooms equipped with deeper knowledge of the Holocaust and rich pedagogical resources. The program will enable them to investigate with their students the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and indifference, and the role of the individual in nurturing and protecting democratic values and human rights.


Learning Objectives

Content Area Course Goals (Social Studies)

  • Learn why, how, what, when and where the Holocaust took place, including key political, social, and economic factors that impacted the ultimately led to and culminated in the “final solution.”
  • Develop an understanding that the Holocaust was a watershed event not only in the twentieth century, but in the entire history of humanity.
  • Explore concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, resistance, antisemitism, obedience to authority, decision-making, and justice.
  • Use resources including film, interactive text and graphics, diaries, and first-person accounts to actively study those involved in the Holocaust and bring a more personal dimension to the story.

Content Area Literacy Course Goals (Literacy):

  • Analyze primary source materials through close readings for thematic and historical perspectives of the time period and of the authors.
  • Articulate (written and oral) insights related to the multiple perspectives around the Holocaust.
  • Clearly communicate (written and oral) empathy based on understandings about individuals’ experiences of the Holocaust
  • Clearly communicate (written and oral) an understanding of how this time period has had a lasting impact on individuals and society.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create content area literacy lessons related to the topics covered in the course, and using literacy pedagogy modeled / discussed.
  • Become familiar with high quality, nonfiction young adult books and materials.

What to Expect

  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 26 Clock Hours (CPDUs)

Financial Assistance

Full or partial financial assistance for tuition will be available for teachers with demonstrated need. Please contact for details and application form.

Graduate Credit

One Graduate Credit will be available through National Louis University for an additional fee of $380. 

Questions? Contact us.

Email: | Phone: 847.967.4853

Program Sponsor

This educator training program is supported by a grant from The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Teacher Professional Development programs are supported by: 

  • Polk Bros. Foundation 
  • Segal Family Foundation 
  • The Slomo & Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc.

Photo credits: Kathleen Hinkel

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