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.Holocaust and Human Behavior incorporates new scholarship, a broader range of perspectives, and a complex nuanced global view of the precursors, context, and legacy of this history.
Registration includes plenary and workshop session attendance, a hard copy of the new edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior (a $40 value), lunch, a journal, and entrance to the "teachers' lounge." Approximately one month prior to the event, you will be able to view and select specific sessions from strands for English/Language Arts, new scholarship, digital resources, and interdisciplinary opportunities.
This Forum is recommended for Middle and High School Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and arts teachers, and for teachers new to Facing History as well as long-time Facing History teachers wanting an update on new resources.
In this day-long forum—featuring Facing History teacher leaders sharing from their own classroom implementation—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 new ways 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