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 hour-long introductory webinar teachers will:
- Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behaviour, group dynamics, and bias
- Increase student 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 new classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customised unit that meets your curriculum objectives
- Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
This introductory webinar is intended for secondary school teachers who are looking for ways to teach the Holocaust to their students. Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ engagement and tolerance for others.