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 using Facing History's approach 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 five-day seminar - featuring Holocaust and Human Behavior - 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 the classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets with your curriculum objectives
- Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
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 workshop, you will become part of the Facing History educator network, which allows you access to a rich slate of educator resources, and be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost.