In today's world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resistant 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 Facing History and Ourselves’ Holocaust and Human Behavior, and the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, 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, work with archival documents and replica artifacts to analyze historical events and individual narratives related to the Holocaust at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
- Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
- Learn tools and strategies for confronting Holocaust denial and distortion
- Hear personal testimony from a survivor of the Holocaust
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 unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost