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Apply For Holocaust Educators Network Summer Seminar at Cal State San Marcos

There are still spots available for educators to participate in the Holocaust Educators Network Summer Seminar on Holocaust education and social justice, to be held July 23-29, 2017, at California State University San Marcos. Apply here.

The seminar is hosted by Michelle Clark and Jennifer Howard, both teachers at High Tech High North County and avid IWitness users. Clark was one of the first educators to complete USC Shoah Foundation’s Master Teacher professional development program, and she and Howard piloted the IWitness activity “1936 Olympics: Race, Politics and Civil Rights” at High Tech High in 2014.

The theme of the week-long seminar is “The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in the Classroom.” It will interweave content related to both the Holocaust and present-day experiences of intolerance and persecution. The seminar is inquiry-based, inviting teachers to acknowledge and incorporate the culture of their students into their curriculum and the broader classroom experience. The program takes a writing- based approach to Holocaust and social justice education.

Participants will hear the testimony of a Holocaust survivor and learn from guest speakers from Facing History and Ourselves, Echoes and Reflections and USC Shoah Foundation. They will visit the Museum of Tolerance and the Museum of Man and participate in a storytelling workshop.

They’ll also attend a Shabbat service, dinner and Klezmer performance.

All teachers are encouraged to apply; the seminar will cap at 20 participants. The seminar is offered at no cost – all workshop materials, museum admission, parking and membership in the Holocaust Educators Network is free. Teachers can receive three units of graduate credit at $80/unit.