Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all of the HHRC’s 2020 summer seminars will be presented online via Zoom, and thank to generous donors and grants, all of the seminars will be offered free of charge. To ensure the opportunity for participation in discussions, each course will be restricted to a maximum of 30 participants.
Holocaust and Human Behavior, presented in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
A two week course including 12 contact hours for recertification.
Dates: Two hour sessions on Monday, July 6th; Wednesday, July 8th; Friday, July 10th; Monday, July 13th; Wednesday, July 15th; Friday, July 17th. from 9am-11am each day. (While we encourage participants to join us live so that we can have great discussions, all sessions will be recorded, so if you have a conflict for one or two sessions, you’ll be able to catch up prior to the next session.)
Who should attend: Current or pre-service 6-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.
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, hard copy of the books Holocaust and Human Behavior and Teaching 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, as well as preservice teachers. 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.
Participation will include full access to the award-winning curriculum resources of Facing History and Ourselves.