Summer Institute for Educators 2019

Teaching About Contemporary Genocide in the Classroom

For 7th-12th grade educators 

Tuesday – Thursday, July 16 – 18, 2019 | 9:00am-2:30pm

Presented in partnership with the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights

Through this institute, teachers will begin an investigation into contemporary genocides, such as Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Syria, and the Rohingya. During

 this intensive, three-day seminar, participants will learn about teaching techniques, methods and resources to teach the history of genocide to their students. The course will include multi-media presentations, guest speakers and will draw interdisciplinary connections that align with state and national standards.

Educators will be equipped to return to their classrooms with a deeper understanding of the historical background of many  contemporary genocides 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.

  • Learn why, how, what, when and where certain genocides took place, including key political, social, and economic factors that impacted the times that led up to and culminated in these atrocities.
  • Explore concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, racism, responses to genocide, prevention and justice.
  • Use resources including film, interactive text and graphics, diaries, and first-person accounts to actively engage students with the ideas of those involved in the different case studies and provide a personal dimension to the historical narrative.

3-Day Summer Institute Includes

  • Daily Continental Breakfast and Lunch
  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 15 Clock Hours (CPDUs)

 Tuition Cost:  $100

Featured Presenters:

Drew Beiter, co-founder of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights and is the Education Director of and







Kate Weckesser English, Executive Director for the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights.







Dr. Mohammed Sahloul, Critical Care specialist at Christ Advocate Medical Center in Chicago, former president of and a senior advisor to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), and founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria.







Additional Presenters:

Christopher Dearing worked with the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam)/ Sleuk Rith Institute (SRI) as an independent international advisor, educational consultant, and researcher since 2008. He is the co-author of Teaching the History of Democratic Kampuchea (1975-1979): Teacher’s Guidebook and The Final Days of the Khmer Rouge: A Community History of Anlong Veng.  



Limited number of tuition scholarships also available. Please contact for details and application form.

Applications must be received no later than Monday, June 3, 2019 for consideration. Apply early!

2019 Summer Institute is currently at capacity. We are no longer accepting applications. 


Email: | Phone: 847.967.4853

Generously Supported by Polk Bros. Foundation, Segal Family Foundation, The Slomo & Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc,




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