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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust & Human Behavior

In this 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. 

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About this event:

Multi-Session

Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

Both

This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff and also contains portions that are self-paced and delivered virtually. When you register, you will receive instructions for how access and participate in the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

Up to 7 clock hours (CPDU's) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.

Key Points

  1. Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias

  2. 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

  3. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make

  4. Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives

  5. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

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.

Duration:

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

 

 

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