Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior | Facing History & Ourselves
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Professional Learning

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

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

May 30, 2024 - May 31, 2024

St. Louis, MO

Cost:  $25.00
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About this event:

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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.

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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. Non Illinois educators will receive an evidence of completion certificate.

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

In this 2-day workshop series, teachers will:

  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 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 & 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: 
Upper middle and high school humanities educators

Location: St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum
36 Millstone Campus Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146

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