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 three day seminar--featuring the fully revised printed 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 recommended for upper middle and high school social studies, civics, and humanities teachers committed to implementing a four-week (or more!) Facing History unit. If you are a teacher at a Facing History Chicago partner school in a subject or grade level outside of these educators, please reach out to your program associate or email [email protected] about your interest in attending.
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.
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
Illinois educators can earn 21 Clock Hours for full participation in this course.
Scholarships are available for CPS and eligible Illinois educators to cover all costs except a $30 registration fee, payable upon acceptance.
Interested teachers can earn one graduate credit through Aurora University for $100. Please bring a check and request the syllabus for course requirements on the first day of the course.
For questions regarding this professional development opportunity, please email [email protected].