Holocaust Programs for Educators… Summertime is Teacher time!

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by Donna Tarney

Looking at the calendar these days I am filled with conflicting emotions. I almost cry when I realize that I will have four, yes four, full weeks of school before Memorial Day brings one day of blessed relief to both my students and me. I panic slightly when I realize that I only have four, yes four, full weeks of school to fit in everything that is left on my curriculum plan! A touch of sadness comes over me when I remember that I will miss some of my favorite students once they are no longer a daily part of my life. But mostly I rejoice when I recognize that summer is firmly in my sights.

For me, as for every teacher that I know, summer is a very precious time. It is not precious because I leave our daily classroom duties behind for a time. It is not precious because I get to sleep in just a little later should I so choose. No, summer is precious because I have the opportunity to become a student myself.  And, for me, there is nothing more precious than sinking in to a high quality professional development program. The only emotion I feel when I know I will be learning alongside other dedicated teachers is one of pure joy. Well, I occasionally feel a bit of regret when I realize I cannot attend all of the programs being offered. Listed below are the opportunities available this summer. Choose one (or two) and enjoy your summer!

Webinars and Online Classes:

Facing History and Ourselves
https://www.facinghistory.org/upcoming-professional-development

Echoes and Reflections
http://echoesandreflections.org/prepare/?class=webinars
IWitness USC Shoah Foundation
https://sfi.usc.edu/events/iwitness-professional-development-webinars

In North Carolina:

NC Council on the Holocaust Workshops
https://ncholocaustcouncil.org/opportunities-for-nc-educators/

Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium
https://holocaust.appstate.edu/symposium

The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights Charlotte Summer Seminar
https://www.toli.us/satellite-program/charlotte-nc/

In the U.S.:

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Belfer Conference: currently accepting applicants for the wait list
https://www.ushmm.org/educators/professional-events-and-resources/belfer-educators-conference

The Breman Museum Summer Institute on Teaching the Holocaust (Atlanta, GA): Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018

https://www.thebreman.org/Weinberg-Center/Summer-Institute

The Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute (Richmond, VA): deadline to apply is June 1, 2018
https://www.vaholocaust.org/resources-for-teachers/the-alexander-lebenstein-teacher-education-institute/

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