All sessions are geared to teachers of students in grades 6 and up.
Session 1 | 9:00am - 10:30am | Introducing Your Students to the Holocaust (General)
Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education, and a panel of experienced educators share their introductory lessons and ideas for how to start your unit on the Holocaust in an engaging and meaningful way. ($10)
Session 2 | 10:45am - 12:00pm | Antisemitism: Contemporary Expressions of the Oldest Hatred (History)
Presenter: Rabbi Aaron Meyer, Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Why do people hate the Jews? When and where did this phenomenon begin? What classical expressions of antisemitism persist to this day and what emergent forms are reinvigorating the oldest hatred? Together we will explore historical underpinnings, landmark events, and consensual definitions to help better understand antisemitism and its impacts. ($10)
Session 3 | 12:30pm - 1:45pm | Poetry and the Holocaust (Language Arts)
Presenter: Dr. Naomi Sokoloff, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media, University of Washington
Dan Pagis’ “Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway Car” (1970) is a widely celebrated and often taught poem about the Holocaust. In this session, UW Professor Naomi Sokoloff will revisit this poem to discuss how its meaning has changed over the years as Holocaust studies have evolved. Taking Pagis’ poetry as a point of departure, the session will suggest some frameworks for approaching other poems that deal with the Holocaust. There will be time for teachers to brainstorm about pedagogy and to share their ideas about incorporating poetry into their classrooms. ($10)
Session 4 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm | Teaching about Genocide (History/Language Arts)
Presenter: Brian Crawford, Teacher at The Downtown School: A Lakeside School and author of The Weaver's Scar: For Our Rwanda
The Ten Stages of Genocide were created to help us understand the path to genocide in an effort to prevent mass atrocities from occurring again. In this session, participants will use the Stages of Genocide as a lens for comparison between the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, and the current rise of nationalism and populism in the United States and abroad. Teachers will gain hands-on activities that they can implement immediately in the classroom. These focus not only on understanding the similarities between these phenomena but, more importantly, in creating a concrete action plan that students and teachers can implement to fight intolerance. ($10)
Session 5 | 3:30 - 4:30 | Special Guest, Local Best-Selling Author Neal Bascomb - Nazi Hunters
Neal Bascomb will discuss his research and writing of his young adult non-fiction book Nazi Hunters, a must-read for students of the Holocaust. In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination. ($10)
Educator Open House | 4:30pm - 6:00pm | Refreshments provided
Be one of the first to see the Holocaust Center's new interactive features including embedded screens with testimony and a special exhibit on Anne Frank (with a move-able book case), Network with other teachers and learn about the Holocaust Center's new programs and resources, scholarship funding for field trips, and professional development opportunities. (Free)
Clock hours available for attending a minimum of three sessions. Optional box lunch - $10.
Special thanks to the Samis Foundation for their generous support of our Day of Learning program.