Summer Seminars for Rural Sites Teachers in the National Writing Project
The Holocaust Educators Network offers a ten-day summer seminar led by Dr. Sondra Perl to middle school, high school, and college teachers from rural sites and/or areas of critical need (as defined by a lack of local resources for teaching and learning about issues of social justice or by significant issues that contribute to problems of intolerance, prejudice or racism in nearby schools or communities). Teacher-consultants from within the National Writing Project as well as other interested teachers are invited to apply. Using an inquiry-based approach, the program encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about methods and approaches to teaching the Holocaust. The seminar considers how to engage students with difficult material such as hatred, prejudice, state-sanctioned genocide, and atrocity, and how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help to develop empathy and move learners toward action. While the focus is on the Holocaust, attention is also given to more recent genocides. Course content includes reading, writing, presentations by Holocaust survivors and experts in Holocaust studies, and excursions to museums and historic sites.
Guest lecturers in the past have included Dr. Livia Bitton-Jackson, Holocaust survivor and author of I Have Lived a Thousand Years
; Holocaust survivor Gisela Glaser; Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Temple Judea of Manhasset, and co-author of Bondi's Brother
; Judith Greenberg, editor of Trauma at Home: After 9/11
; psychologist and playwright Hank Greenspan; legal scholar Kristen Rundle; and Peter Nelson, New York Director, Facing History and Ourselves.
For the 2010 summer seminar, we invite applications in two formats: 1) applications by individual teachers who are already members of the National Writing Project (NWP) and 2) applications by teams of two teachers from different subject areas in which at least one is a member of the NWP. Download an individual application form here; Download a team application form here. Please include two sets of all materials, including letters of reference. The postmark deadline for the 2010 summer seminar is January 15, 2010. Applicants will be notified of all decisions in March 2010.