The Institute provides the following services for educators:
International Visual History Program
Testimony to Tolerance Initiative
International Visual History on Loan
About Visual History (one-sheet)
Tips for Using Visual History in the Classroom (guide)
Visual History Training
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute and the organizations with which it partners have conducted more than 114 teacher training sessions in 13 countries, as well as training programs and workshops for library staff, museum staff, and others throughout the world on best practices for using visual history testimony for educational purposes. Such training programs include:
Workshops to introduce educators and partners to the testimonies in the Visual History Archive, enabling them to conduct research and identify testimony segments that can enhance classroom lessons.
Training for products developed in partnership, which include:
||Echoes and Reflections - A Multimedia Curriculum On The Holocaust, which was created in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and Yad Vashem for educators in the United States of students ages 14-18. More than 3,000 teachers have been trained on Echoes and Reflections.
Encountering Memory, a multimedia kit for educators of students ages 14-18 to accompany the film Nazvy svoie im'ia (Spell Your Name), a documentary about the Holocaust in Ukraine. The Institute has partnered with the All-Ukrainian Association of History and Civics Teachers, "Nova Doba," to train approximately 3,000 educators throughout Ukraine on how to use Encountering Memory. This teacher’s guide, and the events, training, and materials surrounding its use and distribution, are made possible by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.
Recollections: Eyewitnesses Remember the Holocaust, an interactive DVD-Rom developed in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust for students ages 13-16 in the United Kingdom. The Holocaust Educational Trust plans to train educators throughout the United Kingdom on the use of this resource.
The International Visual History Program, a joint effort with governmental entities, nongovernmental organizations, and educators in Central and Eastern Europe to explore the use of testimony in classrooms using small, representative, sets of testimonies from the Institute's archive.
In addition to Holocaust experiences, the testimonies reflect pre- and postwar life in each country and include interviews with local survivors, rescuers and aid providers, and other witnesses.
Learn more about the International Visual History Program
The Testimony to Tolerance Initiative is a multiphase program designed to help midsize U.S. cities promote tolerance in their communities. In the first phase, the Institute provides a collection of testimonies to a local public institution, and distributes copies of educational materials to schools in the local district. In the second phase, the Institute trains educators on how to use testimonies in the classroom, and provides additional products and resources to support the educators in their work. The Testimony to Tolerance Initiative has reached communities in Des Moines, Iowa, Jackson, Mississippi, and Little Rock, Arkansas (click here to learn about recent program highlights in Little Rock).
International Visual History on Loan
In order to meet the needs of educators outside the United States, the Institute has established the Visual History on Loan program. Through this program, in select countries, educators can access products and testimony for temporary use by choosing from a library of lessons and other resources managed by a regional representative from the Institute.
The Visual History on Loan program is currently available in Brazil (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Russia. Click on the country name to contact the regional representative in any of these countries.
About Visual History
This one-page document provides general information about the testimonies contained in the Institute's archive, as well as a brief description of how visual history testimony may be used in the classroom as an educational tool.
Tips for Using Visual History in the Classroom
This guide provides suggestions for educators on how to make the most effective use of video testimony in the classroom. Tips include how to build empathy in students and encourage their participation in the study of the Holocaust through the use of witness testimony.