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“There is no Future without Memory; Exploring the Holocaust and Social Justice”

June 17th-21st, 9:00am-4:00pm

The purpose of the Seminar:  To provide opportunities for educators to acquire the tools they need to adequately and thoroughly teach the lessons of the Holocaust to the next generation.  We will do this by introducing our participants to the local connections between Nebraska and the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and genocides.  Through a variety of media, we have planned a five-day seminar meant to instruct, inspire and motivate teachers to return to their classrooms armed with resources and knowledge.

The seminar is limited to 20 participants and stipends are available for those qualifying teachers. Early application is suggested.

Focus:We are left to tell; it is our responsibility to explore and understand what happens when individuals, organizations and governments fail to take a stand against injustice. The reality that was the Holocaust must be disseminated for the next generation so that they may learn from the mistakes of those who came before.


Monday – 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
What matters to us? Placed-based examination of /social justice/Holocaust/genocide issues

Valuing our educators and what we bring to the table.
Exploring age/grade appropriate curriculum, materials and other content variables.
Sharing social justice issues and concerns on our individual, local level.
     Dinner and guest speaker

Tuesday -9:00 – 4:00pm
Honoring the Individual;  History of the Holocaust

Delving into the context and history of the Holocaust
Developing access to multiple resources
Expanding cross curricular approaches to Holocaust studies

Wednesday -9:00-4:00pm
Exploring the Holocaust and Social Justice through inquiry-based lenses; Post 1945 to present genocides

Connecting and recognizing patterns in genocide development
Investigating fresh approaches and practices in Holocaust and Social Justice curriculum and instruction
Searching for moments of resilience in Social Justice/Holocaust participants and educators

Thursday – 9:00-4:00pm
Holocaust Educators Network — Partnerships, Relationships, Networks; Teaching methods and the pedagogy of teaching trauma        

Realizing our ability to translate and manage the enormity of what we have learned
Sharing lessons or best practices for successfully processing materials with students
Creating a local support network of Holocaust educators

Friday – 9:00-12:00pm
The Sharing of Story;  Action plans developed and shared

Discovering what matters to us in the classroom and community
Processing what we know for use in the classroom
Cultivating ideas through peer collaboration to be realized in our work

TO APPLY:  (We expect this seminar to fill up quickly, so early application is recommended)

  • Application Deadline:  May 1, 2013, notification by May 21, 2013
  • Apply by email to the facilitators, include your:  name, school and preferred contact information.
  • Submit a 1-2 page narrative, tell how your teaching has included Social Justice, and/or specifically the Holocaust, or how you hope to explore these topics in your classroom
  • Describe your interest and /oreducation in Holocaust studies
  • Share your concerns and questions about teaching the Holocaust/Social Justice

Facilitators Trained at the Holocaust Educators Seminar:  New York City 2007-2008 and the Holocaust educators Institute:  New York City 2010.

Katie Elsener, M.A.  24  years of teaching experience; 20 years experience teaching the Holocaust;       Nebraska Writing Project, Holocaust Educators; Consortium,  Echoes and Reflections training, written curriculum for Holocaust studies,  English Department Chair, North Central Steering Committee member.

Jane Connealy, M.A.  22 years of experience with Holocaust education.  Program Assistant for UNL Faculty Leadership in Writing Initiative, Nebraska Writing Project Co-Director, facilitated numerous NeWP Institutes, member of Holocaust Educators Consortium, North Central Steering committee,BearingWitness training. and Holocaust Educators Network.

Tom Seib,  M.A.  39 years in education; 13 years teaching  the Holocaust, Nebraska Writing Project Administrator of the Year-2005,  Department  Chair, Nebraska State North Central Council Representative.

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