Summer Institute for Educators 2020

Teaching About the Holocaust

For 7th-12th grade educators 

Monday – Friday, July 13 – 17, 2020 | 9:00am-3:00pm, Participants also will attend an evening lecture at the museum on July 16, from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m

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 The course will include primary source readings, use of historical documents, multimedia presentations, guest speakers, and will draw interdisciplinary connections that align with state and national standards.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 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, 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 engage in a direct connection with the ideas of 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 focal time period and of the authors.
  • Articulate (written and oral) new insights related to the multiple perspectives around the Holocaust.
  • Clearly communicate (written and oral) empathy based on new 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.

5-Day Summer Institute Includes

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

Featured Presenters: TBD

Tuition Cost:  $200



Applications must be received no later than Monday, June 1, 2020 for consideration. Apply early!


Full or partial financial assistance for tuition will be available for teachers with demonstrated need. Limited number of travel stipends (up to $800) available to cover transportation, meals and lodging.

Please contact for details and application form.



Email: | Phone: 847.967.4853

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




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