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Leichtag Family Foundation Master Teacher Program Launches August 2009
Leichtag Family Foundation Master Teacher Program Launches, August 2009
Merri Weir, a teacher from Carson High School and Master Teacher Workshop participant, takes notes during a session on using testimony in the classroom.
Renée Firestone, a Holocaust survivor whose testimony is in the Institute’s archive, shares her story with the workshop participants.
Sheila Hansen, Content Specialist at the Institute, leading a workshop session on comparing and contrasting the use of survivor presentation and videotaped testimony in the classroom.
Merri Weir (right), Teresa Hill (center), and Paige Leven (left), teachers from Los Angeles schools, participate in a workshop session about using testimony in the classroom.
Debbie Neel (center) and Yisroel Blumenstein (rear, left), educators from San Diego- and Los Angeles-area schools.
Kayte Russell (front, left) and Jeremy Howard (rear, right), teachers from San Diego, attending the workshop.
Merri Weir (left), a Los Angeles school teacher, works with Crispin Brooks (right), Curator of the Institute’s Visual History Archive.
Paige Leven, a teacher from the Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles, watching testimony.
Jonathan Owens, a teacher at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, watching testimony.
Yisroel Blumenstein, an educator at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad in Los Angeles, making note of a clip of testimony.
Debora Neel, a teacher at Mt. Miguel High School in Spring Valley, using the Visual History Archive to find testimony clips.
Renée Semik, a teacher at Santa Monica High School, using the Visual History Archive.
Teresa Hill, a teacher at Downey High School, using the Visual History Archive to find testimony clips.
Jeremy Howard, a teacher at Francis Parker Middle School in San Diego, using the Visual History Archive to find testimony clips.
Kayte Russell, a teacher at St. Pius X School in Chula Vista, searching the archive of nearly 52,000 testimonies.
Renée Firestone, a Holocaust survivor who is featured in the Institute’s documentary, "The Last Days," shares her story with Southern California teachers who participated in the Master Teacher Workshop.
Bottom, from left: Debora Neel; Paige Leven; Renée Firestone, Holocaust survivor; and Sherry Bard, Institute Project Director of Educational Programs. Middle, from left: Renée Semik; Teresa Hill; Kayte Russell; and Merri Weir. Top, from left: Jeremy Howard; Yisroel Blumenstein; Jonathan Owens; and Sheila Hansen, Institute Content Specialist.
Workshop participants and Institute staff with the Jewish Community Foundation and Leichtag Family Foundation, that sponsored the weeklong Master Teacher Workshop. From left: Teresa Hill; Jonathan Owens; Renée Semik; Yisroel Blumenstein; Paige Leven; Sheila Hansen; Charlene Seidle, Jewish Community Foundation; James (Jim) Farley, Leichtag Family Foundation; Sherry Bard; Marjory Kaplan, Jewish Community Foundation; Jeremy Howard; Debora Neel; Kayte Russell; and Merri Weir.