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 five-day, seminar—featuring the fully revised, print edition of 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 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
This seminar is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities. 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.
This seminar will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Participants will visit the exhibit Memory Unearthed The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, and receive a free copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior.
After this seminar you will:
Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Getting to the MFA
This seminar is eligible for graduate credit. Email [email protected] for details.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has recognized Facing History as one of nine social-emotional learning programs(out of 400 reviewed) with a proven effect on students, including increased empathy, prosocial behavior, and a better classroom climate.