Institute Regional Consultants Convene in Los Angeles to Discuss Next Stage for its International Visual History Program

Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:00am
Attendees from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Ukraine.

Top Row:  Sheila Hansen; Oleksandr Voytenko; Kori Street; Kim Simon; Anna Lenchovska; Martin Šmok.  Bottom Row: Sherry Bard; Inna Gogina; Andrea Szőnyi; Monika Koszyńska; Amy Carnes; Melissa JonesBeginning Friday, January 6, 2012, regional consultants from Central and Eastern Europe have been on the USC campus for a 10-day-long workshop at the Shoah Foundation Institute. Coming at the end of the fifth year of the International Visual History Program, the workshop at USC signals a new stage that builds on its past success by developing a teacher education program tailored for regional educational needs and modeled on the success of the Master Teacher Program that has been underway for the past two years in the United States.

In attendance are Martin Šmok, the Institute’s Senior International Program Consultant from the Czech Republic; Andrea Szőnyi from Hungary; Monika Koszyńska from Poland; and Anna Lenchovska from Ukraine. Also participating in the workshop is Oleksandr Voytenko, an educator from Ukraine who authored Encountering Memory, a curriculum supporting the documentary film Spell Your Name, produced in collaboration with the Institute and the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation.

The International Master Teacher Program will conduct two workshops, the first scheduled for the summer of 2012 in Prague. Identifying educators in the Czech Republic and Ukraine, the workshops will provide them with the necessary tools to meet a critical need to advance digital literacy skills for their students.These master teachers also will act as teacher trainers, reaching an estimated 600 teachers in those countries. Bringing this program to the territories on which the Holocaust occurred will enable educators to develop relevant localized materials, to speak to students about events that affected members of their communities, and to integrate meaningful material into their classrooms while also addressing the contemporary issues facing students in Central and Eastern Europe today.