Educator Seminars

Teacher Seminars at the HHRC

Each year, the HHRC engages teachers looking for professional development opportunities by offering a series of one and two-day teacher seminars.

One day seminars on various topics are offered during the school year, and three two-day seminars are offered in the summer.

All programs will be held at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine. Each seminar includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. In addition, seminars offer contact hours which can be used towards re-certification.

Seminars generally run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m each day, and are limited to classes of not more than 25 educators to ensure that there is plenty of time and room for participants to share ideas and discoveries.

Each seminar is created to provide information which can readily be transferred to lesson plans and include guest speakers, a collection of resources, and more.

In addition to the HHRC educational staff, partners in our seminars include Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Tolerance, ICivics, the Maine Department of Education, and Echoes of Reflections, among others.

Upcoming seminars include:

Holocaust and Human Behavior seminar in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9th and 10th
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
Cost: $150, includes two books: Holocaust and Human Behavior, and Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior from Facing History and Ourselves; 7 contact hours, light snacks and lunch. There are a limited number of stipends available for those traveling 80 miles or further from Augusta.

In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. In this two-day workshop—featuring the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:

• Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
• 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
• Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
• Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
• Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities. 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 from their own.

Register for the Holocaust and Human Behavior Seminar

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine
Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th 
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
Cost: $125, includes one book: New Mainers, 7 contact hours, light snacks and lunch. There are a limited number of stipends available for those traveling 80 miles or further from Augusta.

Inspired by the popularity of HHRC’s 2016 exhibit and the educational outreach program of the same name, this annual program will focus on specific aspects of Maine’s history of immigration, and provide firsthand accounts of immigration today. This is a program of stories and resources to provide tools that can be incorporated to classrooms.

This is a workshop that includes many guest speakers of different nationalities and heritages. It is a reflection of the diversity of Maine in the past and present.

Register for the Yearning to Breathe Free Seminar

The HHRC has arranged for room discounts at some local hotels, and modest scholarships are available to offset the cost of travel, lodging, and the cost of attending the seminar. Contact associate director David Greenham for more information.