In today's world questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resistant to violence are more relevant than ever and central to the work of Facing History and Ourselves. Workshop participants will study the fragility of democracy in Weimar Germany, the ensuing Holocaust, and the legacies of this history through an in-depth case study. By learning this history, educators will be equipped to teach units or courses that will require their students to wrestle with profound moral questions dependent on ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy.
Who should take this workshop series: This unit is intended for implementation in high school World History. Priority will be given to participants from Chicago Public Schools but applicants from across the country are welcome to apply.
This workshop series will take place over 3 days. One hour of pre-reading will be sent in advance of the workshop. Day one will include a two hour synchronous workshop on Zoom (2 hours). Day two will include 2 hours of reading asynchronously. Day three will include a two hour synchronous workshop on Zoom (2 hours).
- Pre-work, prior to December 13: one hour of reading
- Day 1, February 7: : two hour synchronous/live virtual workshop, 4pm - 6pm CT
- Day 2, February 8: : two hours asynchronous reading & activities
- Day 3, February 9: : two hour synchronous/live virtual workshop, 4pm - 6pm CT
The 2-hour live learning sessions will not be recorded and will take place on Zoom on the following dates:
Live Learning Sessions (4:00-6:00 pm CST)
Call #1: February 7
Call #2: February 9