In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. In this seminar—featuring Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:
- Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
- Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
- Learn multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches for teaching a course on the Holocaust that is grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values
- Study with like-minded educators from Jewish educational environments and build their network of educators teaching in this unique setting
- Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
- Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
- Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
After this seminar you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
This seminar is intended for educators in Jewish settings who look forward to implementing a Holocaust and Human Behavior unit of study or are members of a school team working with Facing History on whole school impact.
Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.
Space is limited; registration does not guarantee admission. You may be contacted by a Facing History staff member to discuss your application. Scholarships are available.