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 history of a genocide 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 resource, Holocaust and Human Behaviour, 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 interactive teaching strategies that help students develop historical thinking skills, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
- Experience integrated content learning through artifacts from the collection of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (Note: 26th June will be spent at VHEC)
- Listen to a testimony of and engage with a VHEC Holocaust Survivor Outreach Speaker
After this workshop you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia.
Presented by Facing History and Ourselves in partnership with Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and BCSSTA; co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University.
Public school BCSSTA member teachers are eligible for 1 of 10, $200 bursaries. Please inquire at [email protected]