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 3-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 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.
After this seminar you will:
Receive a free copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior
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
A limited number of scholarships are available. We reserve scholarships for those middle or high school teachers of history or English who can commit to implementing Facing History's pedagogy and content in at least a four-week unit in their classroom during the school year in which they take and online course with us. Please indicate on your application if you are applying for a scholarship and describe in as much detail as possible how you plan to implement the pedagogy and content from this online course in your classroom.
Note: We require that all scholarship applicants first apply to their school or district for professional development funding before we are able to consider their scholarship application.