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 two-day residential seminar —featuring the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behaviour—teachers will:
Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behaviour, 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 customised unit that meets 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.
The workshop will be of particular interest to History teachers, but also connects closely with Citizenship, English Literature, and R.E. The Facing History approach is fully aligned with the NI Curriculum. The approach also provides a useful content focus for shared education initiatives.
Thanks to funding from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Community Relations Council, the costs for this seminar are fully covered. We can also provide sub cover at £150 per teacher per day. We offer follow up support to enable classroom implementation.
For more information please contact Sean Pettis, Development Worker-Education, via email [email protected] or telephone: 028 90 50 80 80.