Summer Institute for Educators 2016

Teaching About the Holocaust: An Introduction

Tuesday – Thursday, July 26, 27, 28, 2016 | 9:00am-2:30pm

Through this introductory institute, teachers will begin an investigation into the history of the Nazi Holocaust (1933-1945). During this intensive, three-day seminar, participants will become familiar with teaching techniques, methods, and resources that include multimedia presentations, guest speakers, and interdisciplinary connections that align with state and national standards.

Educators will be equipped to return to their classrooms 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. Educators will examine what it means to be a responsible and respectful person for the purposes of encouraging acceptance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and human rights.

Workshop Includes:

  • 12 CPDUs(IL)/PGPs(IN)
  • Graduate Credit: 1 semester hour available through Aurora University

Featured Presenters::

Danny Cohen

Dr. Danny M. Cohen:  Assistant Professor of Instruction, School of Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University, learning scientist, fiction writer, and education designer.




TimCrainDr. Tim Crain: Director, National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Seton Hill University (PA)





Tuition Costs: $200

Aurora University graduate credit is available at an additional cost for the “Introductory Institute.” Please contact us for details.

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The Holocaust in the Former Soviet Union: Advanced Seminar

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | 9:00am-2:30pm

Building upon foundational knowledge, teachers will participate in an intensive, one-day, focused study of the Holocaust in the former Soviet Union. The increasing availability of previously sealed materials has produced new insights and generated ground-breaking scholarship. Through an in-depth investigation, participants will learn about the initial effects of the Nazi occupation on both the Soviet and Jewish communities; the centralized and local initiatives that culminated in the mass murder of occupied Jewry; how residents learned of these atrocities, and the impact of the Holocaust on postwar Soviet Union. Participants will be equipped with a toolkit of teaching strategies and approaches that include new historical perspectives, collaborative discussion, case studies promoting critical thinking, and strategies grounded in first person testimony in order to integrate this complex narrative into their classrooms.

Workshop Includes:

  • 4 CPDUs(IL)/PGPs(IN)

Previous participation in professional development workshops on the Holocaust is required to apply.

Featured Presenters:
michael_david_fox_hrDr. Michael David-Fox: Historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union. Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of History, Georgetown University





Tuition Cost: $75

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Financial Assistance:

We offer a limited number of travel stipends up to $750 available to teachers 40 miles or more from Skokie, IL. Limited number of partial tuition scholarships for “Introductory Institute” only. Please contact us for details and application form.

How to Apply:
Registration must be received no later than Friday, July 1, 2016 for consideration. Apply early!





This educator training program is supported by a grant from
the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

Educational Programs are supported by:

Educator Professional Development
Fred Cooper & Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
The Slomo & Cindy Silvian Foundation
Segal Family Foundation

Education Services
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Leah Gutman Education Fund
Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation
Harry & Sadie Lasky Foundation
Niles Township Government
Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Additional Endowment Support
The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund
The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund
Teachers Educational Endowment Fund
Barney & Anita Sidler Educational Endowment




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