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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust & Human Behavior

Discover new strategies for teaching about the Holocaust and contemporary antisemitism that foster civic engagement, ethical reasoning, critical thinking, and empathy. This event is in-person.

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Chicago, IL

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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.


This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

If you are an educator based in Illinois, you may be eligible for up to 12 clock hours upon completion of this workshop.

English & Language Arts History Social Studies
Antisemitism Human & Civil Rights Racism Resistance The Holocaust
Civic Education Social-Emotional Learning

In this two-day workshop, educators will:

  1. The application for this professional development is now closed. If you have any questions please email [email protected].

  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. Seminar 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. This approach will invite you and your 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 the course? 6th–12th grade US history, humanities, and English/Language Arts teachers and curriculum specialists; Chicago Public Schools World Studies teachers (Skyline unit)

ISBE credits will be offered

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, vegetarian options will be included.

This workshop will be held two days, November 1-2, in-person,  at the Erikson Institute.
Address: 451 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654

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