• Professional Development Seminar on the Impact of War: Migration and Recovery after the Holocaust


    This summer the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County will host the 2016 Holocaust Educators Network Satellite Seminar, Impact of War: Migration and Recovery after the Holocaust, July 18-22, 2016. The 2016 satellite seminar is an intensive week in which educators assume the dual role of student and teacher of the impact of war on migration and recovery through legal, emotional and historical resources. The seminar will bridge past and present, engaging participants in experiences to build background knowledge and gain teaching strategies for understanding how war effects the movement of people and the resiliency of the human spirit using various strategies to recover. The facilitators for this professional development seminar will be Tracy Garrison Feinberg, Director of the Claire Friedlander Education Institute at HMTC, and Long Island Educators Michelle Sorise and Meryl Menashe.

    Up to twenty teachers and administrators from all disciplines, 6th grade through university level, will be accepted to the seminar through a competitive application process. Applications may be submitted online. The seminar is free for educators. All participants will receive a modest stipend upon completion of the seminar. Housing may be available for out-of-state participants. The deadline to apply is July 1.

    For more information contact Tracy Garrison Feinberg at tracygarrisonfeinberg@hmtcli.org.

  • Workshop for Educators: Teaching About Refugees and Migration

    Teaching About Refugees and Migration


    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.

  • Professional Development Seminar: Echoes and Reflections

    Professional Development Seminar


    Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

    Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County
    Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY

    Echoes and Reflections – Enhanced Learning Opportunities is a highly-focused, interactive seminar designed for educators who have previously attended an introductory professional development program. The seminar prepares educators to teach the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives.

    Key features:

    • Comprehensive teacher’s resource guide
    • Visual history testimonies of Survivors, Liberators and other eyewitnesses
    • Material addresses state and national standards
    • Replete with primary sources

    There is no fee to attend but the deadline to register is October 23, 2015. To register or for more information, please contact Lara Carignano at laracarignano@hmtcli.org or (516) 571-8040.

  • 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

  • Long Island Satellite Seminar of the Holocaust Educators Network

    Professional Development: July 20-24, Long Island Satellite Seminar of the Holocaust Educators Network at HMTC

    How do teachers address the issues of today’s world in ways that help them and their students make appropriate connections to the curriculum?

    Our inaugural Long Island seminar will focus on the lessons and legacies of the Holocaust and how they apply to students’ decision-making about social justice issues in their world today.  We believe strongly that every student has the potential to make a positive difference in their communities.  This five-day seminar is designed to extend each participant’s current knowledge of the Holocaust and encourage new and innovative ways to teach this history.  We will include writing activities, lesson plan development, survivor and 2nd generation testimony, and time in the HMTC museum galleries to explore the history of the Holocaust, before, during and after the war.  Participants in this seminar will be introduced to a variety of literary and film resources, and all will leave with a variety of teaching materials and strategies, many aligned to common core standards.

    Facilitated by Tracy Garrison-Feinberg, Director, Claire Friedlander Education Institute at HMTC and Long Island Educators Meryl Menashe, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and Michelle Sorise, Great Neck South High School.

    There is no cost to attend—the seminar is funded by a grant from the Memorial Library and the Holocaust Educators Network. All participants will receive a completion certificate reflecting at least 35 hours of professional development.

    Register Here; contact Tracy Garrison-Feinberg for more information: tracygarrisonfeinberg@hmtcli.org