FSU Holocaust Institute for Educators

We are regretful to announce that due to the Coronavirus there will be no summer sessions. Instead, we would like to offer the opportunity to schedule a Holocaust Education professional development day in your county (on a Saturday) during the academic year 2020-2021. To schedule, please contact Dr. Jonathan Grant at jgrant@fsu.edu.

This two-day program at Florida State University provides teachers with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to teach their students and other teachers about the Holocaust. The instruction enables school districts to implement and meet the 1994 Florida legislative mandate and the Georgia legislative mandate that information about the Holocaust be taught in schools.

The Holocaust Institute for Educators provides up-to-date information on the Holocaust and its impact on different countries, as well as materials and methods for classroom instruction. Representative topics include the evolution of Nazi anti-Jewish policies; Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe, Poland, Russia, and France; the Jewish resistance movement; the reaction of the U.S. government to the Holocaust; and the promotion of tolerance in a climate of cynicism, distrust, and terrorism. This Institute is open to Florida educators (grade 4 – college) by application. This year’s theme is “America’s Response to the Holocaust”.

Florida Department of Education
Who should attend?

The Institute is designed primarily for secondary school teachers and college faculty; however, elementary school teachers (fourth grade and above) and those interested in Holocaust studies are also welcome to apply. The curriculum is of special interest to teachers of history, language arts, humanities and the arts.

What are the benefits?

  1. Up-to-date information on the Holocaust and its impact on other countries
  2. Instruction by a variety of faculty who are experts in their fields
  3. Sessions on teaching materials and methods for hands-on use in the classroom
  4. Time to share ideas with colleagues from across the state and region
  5. Seeing the Holocaust through the eyes of survivors
  6. In-service credits and continuing education units available

What is special about the Florida State University program?

FSU’s program is one of the most intensive and extensive of those offered in this region. For example, we have a five-day program in comparison to other programs of one or two days duration. We bring together faculty from several community colleges and universities along with history, religion, English, and education faculty from FSU to lend their particular expertise to the Institute. The teachers’ experience is further enriched with guest lectures from nationally known speakers. In past years these speakers have included:
Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel; Dr. Nechama Tec, Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut at Stamford and author of Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust and Dr. Robert Gellately, the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History at FSU and author of Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945; The Nuremberg Interviews; and Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Catastrophe.

Teachers will be eligible for a $100 stipend if they attend both days. The necessary paperwork is available to complete above.

If you would like additional information, please call the program coordinator, E’lexis Brewer, at (850) 645-9486 or ebrewer@fsu.edu

The FSU Holocaust Institute’s goal is to provide the teachers with accurate and comprehensive information concerning the Holocaust, as well as with materials and methods to teach the Holocaust within their specific classrooms. Through interactions with survivors and their families, the participants are also able to see the Holocaust from a personal perspective. Each year funds are raised in order to provide free tuition and instructional materials for participants as needed; often the county that employs teacher participants partially funds their inclusion in the program. The Institute subsidizes in some form virtually all the teachers attending as students. The funds for this purpose come from either private donations or grants. Florida State University provides facilities, administrative staff, academic expertise, and financial support as needed.

Each lecture allows time for questions and discussion. These talks deal with the basic nature of the issues and history of the Holocaust, including such topics as the Holocaust experiences in France, Italy and Eastern Europe; concentration camp culture; resistance movements; and U.S. reactions to the Holocaust.

The instructional techniques sessions focus on teaching the Holocaust and integrating Holocaust issues and information effectively into the curriculum. Guest speakers for these sessions include experienced teachers in social studies, literature, drama, film, and art. Teachers explore a variety of hands-on techniques for presenting the Holocaust in the classroom. Research time is also allocated for those working on research projects. The Institute’s faculty consists primarily of scholars who are connected to FSU or the Tallahassee Community College.

The Institute’s goal is to supplement the current curriculum to educate young people on the enormous significance of the Holocaust.

The significance of the Holocaust, which encompasses important lessons in hate, intolerance, insensitivity, and the resiliency of the human spirit, must not be lost for future generations.

“This is the most outstanding training in any area I’ve received in my four-decade teaching career.”
– 2008 Institute participant

“A journey into the past to inform and question the present.”
– 2007 Institute participant

“The Holocaust Institute for Educators is an educator’s dream, with lesson plans, history, and teaching strategies all under one roof.”
– Adrian C. Evans, Bishop State Community College, Mobile, AL

“The Holocaust Institute at FSU is everything a person who desires a clearer understanding of the Holocaust needs/ wishes/desires. It’s a comprehensive, intellectual approach to understanding this incredible period of history.”
– 2003 Institute participant

“I will never be the same after this experience. The information presented, the ideas to take back, the sharing with colleagues – all of this has really been life-changing. This week has been the highlight of my career as an educator.”
– Pamela T. Jenkins, Fayette Middle School, Fayetteville, Georgia

“The Institute has exhausted and exhilarated me! I am more determined than ever to continue to address Holocaust issues and topics whenever the opportunity arises in my classes, and I am determined to create the opportunity”
– Michael J. Sadusky, Pasco-Hernando Community College

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For additional program information and registration, please contact: Mike McIver, Program Manager, Center for Academic & Professional Development at (850) 645-5639 or use the form below.

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