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
Echoes and Reflections
IWitness USC Shoah Foundation
In North Carolina:
NC Council on the Holocaust Workshops
Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium
The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights Charlotte Summer Seminar
In the U.S.:
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Belfer Conference: currently accepting applicants for the wait list
The Breman Museum Summer Institute on Teaching the Holocaust (Atlanta, GA): Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018
The Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute (Richmond, VA): deadline to apply is June 1, 2018