Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings

October 30, 2019
Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators, Jewish Settings

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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings

In today’s global climate, the urgency of sustaining democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence is more pressing than ever. Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical and moral  reasoning, critical analysis, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy.


In this facilitated online course featuring Holocaust and Human Behavior you will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias

  • Increase your 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 the choices they make in their own lives through a uniquely Jewish lens

  • 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 texts, write and think critically, as well as discussing controversial issues respectfully


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.

October 30, 2019 - December 11, 2019

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