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Facing History Foundations: Discussing Antisemitism in the Classroom

Learn ways to support students in discussions about antisemitism.

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Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.


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 Certificate of Completion.

Advisory Civics & Citizenship
Antisemitism Culture & Identity

Key Points

  1. Gain resources, tools and strategies for engaging students in discussions about antisemitism in our world today

  2. Learn how understanding the psychology of division help us recognize these tendencies and attitudes around us and within ourselves

  3. Prepare students for deeper dialogue and understanding of humanity and history

  4. This virtual workshop is intended for middle and high school classroom educators and curriculum coaches

Although every prejudice has its unique history and manifestations, there is something innate about the ways humans create groups.  Groups serve an evolutionary, psychological purpose for humans; forming groups is not necessarily bad.  But the same mechanism by which we form healthy groups can be weaponized to form dangerous divisions.  Jews and the Jewish community have been ostracized and denigrated for centuries and have long been characterized as outsiders.

How can understanding the psychology of division help us recognize these tendencies and attitudes around us and within ourselves? In what ways have these tendencies and attitudes manifested throughout history and today in relationship to antisemitism.

This is the second workshop in the Facing History Foundations Series, which intends to invite interaction with Facing History and Ourselves’ core curriculum resources and small group educator conversations.  Through sharing practices and dialogue, each workshop will hone specific teaching topics and practices, and prepare participants with teaching strategies to engage students more effectively with the Holocaust or other histories of identity-based violence.  

Subsequent workshops in this series will explore themes choices in times of injustice, Holocaust memoir and testimony, and inspiring upstanders.

If you are unfamiliar with Facing History and Ourselves’ scope and sequence, and contracting / community agreements, please familiarize yourself with these topics before the first workshop.

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