HHRC Summer Teacher Seminars

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will be offering five teacher seminars during July and August. All 2020 programs will be held online.

Registration is now open for:

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.
Who should attend: Current or pre-service 6-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Immigrant Experience in Maine

A two week course including 12 contact hours for recertification.
Dates: Two hour sessions on Monday, July 13th; Wednesday, July 15th; Friday, July 17th; Monday, July 20th; Wednesday, July 22nd; Friday, July 24th from 1pm-3pm each day.
Who should attend: Current or pre-service K-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.

Unpacking the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards

This interactive, virtual professional development will introduce participants to the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. After exploring available resources, participants will leave with an understanding of how to authentically incorporate the social justice standards
into their daily practice.

  • Dates: July 7th OR July 28th (Choose One)
  • Objective: Participants will deepen their understanding of the social justice standards as a way to create and sustain classroom and school environments that honor diversity, equity and justice.
  • Topics: The Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards and Essential Questions
  • Who Should Attend: Any pre/in-service K–12 educator responsible for lesson planning.

Speak Up at School: How to Responde to Everyday Prejudice, Bias and Stereotypes

When educators or students witness instances of bias and injustice, they often don’t know what to do. This interactive, virtual professional development will introduce participants to Teaching Tolerance strategies that educators and students can use to speak up instead of remain silent.

  • Dates: July 7th OR July 28th (Choose One)
  • Objective: Participants will learn how to use the four speak up strategies to speak up against bias and injustice.
  • Topics: Speak Up At School strategies and scenario practice
  • Who Should Attend: Any pre/in-service K–12 educator.

Let's Talk: Facilitating Critical Conversations with Students

Using the Let’s Talk guide, this interactive virtual professional development will provide participants the opportunity to learn strategies for creating supportive learning environments that encourage risk-taking. Through engaging in conversations about critical topics such as race, participants will reflect on their own assumptions and biases that can affect their ability to engage in productive conversations.

  • Dates: July 9th OR July 30th (Choose One)
  • Objective: Participants will develop skills and confidence for engaging in and facilitating critical conversations about race and other topics.
  • Topics: Let’s Talk guide and key vocabulary
  • Who Should Attend: Any pre/in-service K–12 educator.

Addressing Inequities at School

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted many inequities that were already there. This interactive professional development asks participants to examine how their own beliefs and practices may lead to inequities in school. After the session, participants will leave with ideas and tools for transforming classrooms.

  • Dates: July 9th or July 30th (Choose One)
  • Objective: Participants will reflect on personal assumptions and biases and recognize their impact on classroom practice.
  • Topics: Common Beliefs Survey and COVID-19
  • Who Should Attend: Any pre/in-service K–12 educator.

Confronting Bias and Anti-Semitism

A two week course including 12 contact hours for recertification.
Dates: Two hour sessions on Monday, August 3rd; Wednesday, August 5th; Friday, August 7th; Monday, August 10th; Wednesday, August 12th; Friday, August 14th. from 9am-11am each day.
Who should attend: Current or pre-service K-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.

Teaching Eli Wiesel's "Night"

A two week course including 12 contact hours for recertification.

Dates: Two hour sessions on Monday, August 10th; Wednesday, August 12th; Friday, August 14th; Monday, August 17th; Wednesday, August 19th; Friday, August 21st. from 9am-11am each day.
Who should attend: Current or pre-service 6-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.