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Teacher Trainings on the Rise

USC Shoah Foundation educator workshops continue increasing in number and reach. This summer, the program Teaching with Testimony in the 21st Century convened new seminars in Budapest and Prague. In addition, another workshop in Poland is scheduled for November. The program’s offerings draw participants from all across their respective nations.

The Shoah Foundation’s flagship professional development initiative, Teaching with Testimony provides access to the Visual History Archive and prepares teachers to use its resources for lessons and activities that build critical-thinking skills and the sense of empathy crucial for positive social discourse. Participants join an international network of teachers who employ survivor testimony to intersect anti-discrimination education with the development of multi-literacies. The program is currently offered in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine, as well as throughout the U.S.

This year alone, this program and other Shoah Foundation’s teacher trainings have benefited more than 4,000 educators and community leaders and nearly 403,000 students.