Virtual Summer Institute for Educators 2021

Teaching About the Holocaust

For 7th-12th grade educators 

Monday – Friday, July 12 – 16, 2021 | 9:00am-3:00pm.  Participants also will attend a virtual evening lecture on July 13, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 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 The course will include primary source readings, use of historical documents, multimedia presentations, guest speakers, and will draw interdisciplinary connections that align with state and national standards.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

  • Classroom Resources and Materials
  • 26 Clock Hours (CPDUs)
  • 2 Lane Placement Credits for CPS Teachers

Featured Presenters:


Dr. Jake Newsome

Dr. Jake Newsome is a scholar of German and American LGBTQ history. He earned his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and his research focuses on Holocaust history, gender and sexuality, and memory studies. He is currently finishing a book entitled Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust, which explores the fate of gay and lesbian Holocaust victims, and the role that Holocaust memories played in gay rights activism. Dr. Newsome is the Manager of Civic Learning for Campus Communities, a new program in development at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that aims to engage college students across the country in Holocaust education through the lens of civic responsibility. 



Estelle Glaser Laughlin

Holocaust Survivor and Author,, Transcending Darkness: A Girl’s Journey Out of the Holocaust










Dr. Robert Williams

Dr. Robert Williams is chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Deputy Director for International Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and on the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Holocaust Distortion. He serves in an advisory capacity to several international organizations on antisemitism and Holocaust issues, and he is currently overseeing a major international initiative that assesses the impact of Holocaust and genocide denial laws. Robert’s research specialties include German history, US and Russian policy, and contemporary antisemitism. Outside of work, he is co-editing a volume for Routledge on the history of antisemitism.





Christina Chavarria

Christina Chavarría is a Program Coordinator in the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she has worked since December 2006.  She has represented the Museum in the US, Europe, Latin America, Israel, Japan, and around the United States.  She holds a BA in English and American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Arts in comparative literature from the University of Dallas.  Her interests lie in Holocaust literature, engaging new audiences and partners, and studying and disseminating information on the impact and history of the Holocaust in Spain, Latin America, and the US Latino population.  She has forged relationships for the Museum with organizations such as the US Department of Education, National Archives and Records Administration, the US Department of State, museums within the Smithsonian Institution, and Holocaust organizations in Latin America.






Tuition Cost:  $300

Applications must be received no later than Monday, June 7, 2021 for consideration. Apply early!


Full or partial financial assistance for tuition will be available for teachers with demonstrated need. Please fill out the Summer Institute application before applying for financial assistance. 

Click here for financial assistance application.


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


Email: | Phone: 847.967.4853


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.

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