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Updated FAQs from the Holocaust Center about SB5612

September 3, 2019

After a busy summer of planning, and hiring the Holocaust Center's first ever Professional Development and Curriculum Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the 2019-2020 school year holds opportunity and enthusiasm to increase Holocaust education in Washington!

Do you have questions? Follow this link to access the Holocaust Center's FAQ sheet to learn more about our progress and next steps for this important legislation. 

We did it! Governor Inslee signs Holocaust education bill!

April 19, 2019

We are so proud to announce a huge win for Holocaust education in our state. After unanimously passing the Senate and the House, Holocaust Education Bill SB5612 was signed by Governor Jay Inslee Friday, April 19! This bipartisan bill, the result of a partnership between our Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, is a significant step towards ensuring that every student in our state has access to quality Holocaust education.

This new bill creates a partnership between the Holocaust Center for Humanity and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Together, we will develop best practices and guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust and genocide. Our Center will also conduct statewide professional development for educators, teaching them how to apply these new standards. After two years, our Center will report on the effectiveness of this legislation and make recommendations for the future of Washington State Holocaust education.

Studies show that Holocaust education effectively teaches students about antisemitism, bigotry, and the consequences of indifference. At the Holocaust Center, we use Holocaust education as a powerful tool to dismantle hate and inspire action. We would be unable to do our important work without your help. 

Link to tracking current legislation 

Testimonies to Senate Early Learning K-12 Education Committee (video)

Testimony from Teacher Paul Regelbrugge (pdf)

 

Studies on the impact of Holocaust education:

Claims Conference Study - Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness 2018

IHRA Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust 2017

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Professional Development for Interdisciplinary Civic Education: Impacts on Humanities Teachers and their Students 2015

How Does Education about the Holocaust Advance Global Citizenship Education? UNESCO, 2017