Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior Nashville Summer Seminar | Facing History & Ourselves
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Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior Nashville Summer Seminar

Explore student-centered lessons and strategies that guide educators and students through a study of pivotal moments in history and develop students’ ability to connect the past to the present and make informed choices in the future. This event will be hosted in person.

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Nashville, TN

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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 Certificate of Completion.

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History Social Studies
Antisemitism Culture & Identity Democracy & Civic Engagement Genocide Human & Civil Rights Propaganda Racism Resistance The Holocaust
Civic Education Equity Education Social-Emotional Learning

Key Points

  1. This seminar is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities.

  2. Content will focus on the Facing History and Ourselves study of two pivotal moments in history: the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide. 

  3. Facing History courses approach the study of history through the examination of human behavior and the impact of choices on historical outcomes.

  4. The lessons, strategies, and learning experiences are designed to guide educators to support students through the process of identifying universal themes among historical events while learning to recognize the specific context and particular choices that make every event unique.

Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical and moral reasoning, critical analysis, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy.

In this three-day seminar featuring the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:

  1. Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior and group dynamics.
  2. Increase their ability to cultivate a classroom environment that allows for respectful classroom discussions and civil discourse around sensitive content by centering 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.

Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views.

After this seminar, attendees will:

  1. Receive a free copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior resource book.
  2. Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

This event will be held in person at James Lawson High School.
Location: 8001 Highway 70 South, Nashville TN 37221

Cost: There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee due once your application has been accepted. The $1,050 fee for this seminar has been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

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