• HMTC Presents Spring Professional Development Workshops for Educators

     

    Educators will have three opportunities to attend professional development workshops at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) this Spring. Survivor: Aron’s Story, will take place on Tuesday, May 9, at 4 p.m.; Teaching Mockingbird, a Facing History and Ourselves workshop, will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 10 a.m.; and Choice and Responsibility During the Holocaust, a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum workshop, will take palace on Thursday, June 8, at 9:30 a.m. All three workshops will be held at HMTC, Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY.

    Humanities and art educators are encouraged to attend Survivor: Aron’s Story on May 9. Author Alex Teplish will immerse the audience into his grandfather’s memoir, utilizing Shoah Foundation video testimony, artwork from the book, as well as historical music and imagery. The first part of Survivor: Aron’s Story shared Aron’s experience of living in Odessa, Ukraine and his survival as a teenager until the Romanian/Nazi occupation during WWII. Aron’s story, visually depicted in graphic novel form, allows readers to experience the events first hand, though the eyes of young Aron himself.

    The May 16 workshop will introduce Facing History’s resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee’s beloved novel. Participants will discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skill and will also receive a free copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. This workshop is recommended for 6-12th grade English Language Arts, Social Studies or Humanities educators. There is a $10 registration fee for this workshop.

    On June 8, HMTC and USHMM will present a one-day workshop that will provide teachers with resources and pedagogical approaches to teach the Holocaust. The workshop is open to middle school, high school and community college educators, as well as pre-service educators and administrators. Participants will receive books and resources from USHMM and a certificate of participation at the completion of the program. A light lunch will be provided. There is a $15 registration fee for this workshop.

    To register for the Facing History workshop on May 16, visit https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/w2017ny5-new-approach-teaching-kill-mockingbird/ . For more information or to register for Aron’s Story or the USHMM workshop, contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg at (516) 571-8040 or tracygarrisonfeinberg@hmtcli.org.

  • Workshop for Educators: Teaching About Refugees and Migration

    Teaching About Refugees and Migration

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    Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County

    This Facing History professional development workshop will help educators address current issues of diversity and difference, as well as inform their understanding of current refugee crises in Europe. We will examine historical case studies involving refugees, connect them to today and raise essential questions about identity, belonging and citizenship.

    We will model pedagogical approaches and tools that are central to a safe and reflective Facing History classroom. These can be used to engage your class in discussions of the individual and society, controversial current events, painful histories and other difficult issues.

    Participants will also have an opportunity to explore HMTC’s museum.

    There is a registration fee of $10. Register online on the Facing History website. For more information contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg at (516) 571-8040 or tracygarrisonfeinberg@hmtcli.org.

  • Facing History Seminar “Race and Membership in U.S. History: From Segregation to Civil Rights”

    Professional Development Seminar: “Race and Membership in U.S. History: From Segregation to Civil Rights”

    What can we learn about the evolving notion of citizenship and changing rights of “the other?” In this seminar, we will consider how ideas of race and racism developed during the years of Jim Crow segregation and the Progressive Era. Participants will examine resistance to these ideas through the Civil Rights Movement using a case study of the events at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. 

    In this seminar you will:

    • Discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies and classroom activities  that reinforce historical and literacy skills
    • Be prepared to create a four-week or longer unit on the Civil Rights movement using Facing History’s case study Choices in Little Rock and infuse into your U.S. history or literature curriculum how ideas and practices emerged from “race science” and the Eugenics movement.
    • Receive a free copy of Facing History’s Choices in Little Rock

    After this seminar you will:

    • Receive coaching and support as you implement this unit in your classroom
    • Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides and online tools.
    • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost.

    Scholarships are available; seminar is designed for 6th through 12th grade U.S. history, civics, American Studies, humanities or English language teachers.

    Register online at Facing History and Ourselves and contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg for more information:tracygarrisonfeinberg@hmtcli.org

  • Summer Professional Development Opportunities for Educators at HMTC

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    The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County will host two professional development seminars for educators this summer. The first, the inaugural Long Island seminar of the Holocaust Educators Network will take place July 20-24, 2015. The second, a Facing History seminar, “Race and Membership in U.S. History: From Segregation to Civil Rights,” will take place August 10-14, 2015.

    The Long Island Satellite Seminar of the Holocaust Educators Network will focus on the lessons and legacies of the Holocaust and how they apply to student’s decision-making about social justice issues in their world today. This seminar is designed to extend each participant’s current knowledge of the Holocaust and encourage new and innovative ways to teach this history. Included will be writing activities, lesson plan development, Survivor and 2nd generation testimony, and time in the HMTC museum. Participants in this seminar will be introduced to a variety of literary and film resources and all will leave wtih a variety of teaching materials and strategies, many aligned to common core standards. There is no cost to attend this seminar but participants must pre-register.

    The Facing History seminar, “Race and Membership in U.S. History: From Segregation to Civil Rights,” will consider how ideas of race and racism developed during the years of Jim Crow segregation and the Progressive Era. Participants will examine resistance to these ideas through the Civil Rights Movement using a case study of the events at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. The seminar is designed for U.S. History, civics, American Studies, humanities or English language 6th through 12th grade teachers. There is a fee of $650 to attend this seminar but scholarships are available. To register visit Facing History’s  website.

    For more information please contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg at (516) 571-8040 or tracygarrisonfeinberg@hmtcli.org.

  • Facing History and the Common Core: Developing Student Voice

    Facing History and the Common Core: Developing Student Voice

    March 26 (Thursday), 9:30 – 4:00

    The Common Core State Standards are being implemented in school districts throughout New York, and across the nation. Facing History’s rigorous and engaging resources and teaching strategies can be essential tools for Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers who are designing lessons and projects that both fulfill Common Core literacy tasks and develop students’ sense of civic agency. Participants will explore Facing History’s Common Core supplement to our Holocaust and Human Behavior resource.

    Register on Facing History’s website.  Registration fee: $10