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 workshop 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
Receive a free copy of Facing History’s Holocaust and Human Behavior
This workshop is reommended for 6-12th grade U.S. history, world history, humanities, or English language arts teachers committed to implementing a four-week (or more!) Facing History unit.
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.
In this workshop you will:
- Discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities that reinforce historical and literacy skills
- Investigate the complexities of human behavior, judgment, memory, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today
After this workshop you will:
- Receive coaching and support as you implement this unit in your classroom
- 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 online tools
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost