All fees waived for qualifying LAUSD Teachers. Please fill out scholarship application form.
One LAUSD salary point or three USD university credits will be available for seminar participants.
How do small steps lead to the dismantling of democracy, dehumanization, and collective violence? In this seminar, we will examine both the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, as well as their lasting legacy on the concepts of justice and judgment in the aftermath of such atrocities. Corresponding with the California State Framework for History and Social Studies, this seminar will show how to integrate the study of both genocides into a course which builds students’ empathy, understanding, and sense of agency.
In this seminar, teachers will:
Gain access to a curated set of resources aligned with the California State Framework for History and Social Studies for teaching both the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust
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, building towards the focus on citizenship required in the California State Framework
Discover new teaching strategies for Inquiry and Literacy that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
Receive copies of Holocaust and Human Behavior and Crimes against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians
After this seminar teachers will become part of the Facing History educator network with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia. LAUSD 10th grade World History teachers will have the opportunity to receive class sets of both resource books upon commitment to teach this unit.
This seminar is intended for 10th grade World History teachers. Interdisciplinary 10th grade teams are also welcome to attend. 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.