ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Holocaust Educators Network - rural sites teachers

As part of their acceptance to the program, participants agree to provide regular updates on their work in Holocaust education. For graduates of our rural sites programs, their reported activities have included presenting at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project; having Holocaust survivors speak to their students (either in person or via webcam); creating lessons about the Warsaw ghetto uprising; developing units around Simon Wiesenthal's book The Sunflower; and involving students in "literature circles" to study Holocaust narratives. The teachers have also offered a wide variety of support to their communities, through local speaking engagements and presentations at Holocaust centers and through faculty workshops. (For further information about our participants, please go to our media page.)



Holocaust Educators Network mini-grants program

Graduates of our summer seminars are encouraged to apply for mini-grants of up to $1000 for relevant projects that benefit their local schools or communities. To date, recipients of the grant in states including Idaho, Kentucky, and New Mexico have used these funds to support visits from Holocaust survivors, community-wide reading programs, and cultural exchange.  Click here for more information.



DVDs of Summer Seminars I & II, "Reading, Writing, and Teaching the Holocaust"

At the behest of the Memorial Library, the Holocaust Educators Network has worked with videographer Steve Zehentner to document the activities of our group. We are pleased to be able to offer educational DVDs that offer video of excerpts from lectures by Livia Bitton-Jackson, Irving Roth, Gisela Glaser, and Kristen Rundle, transcripts of their presentations, and on our first DVD, accompanying lesson plans and suggested activities for middle school and high school classrooms. For more information, or to request a DVD, please contact Jennifer Lemberg at jlemberg@holocausteducators.org.



Holocaust Educators Network - urban teachers

The eighteen middle school, high school, and university teachers from the New York area who met during the first seminar in 2006 continue to function as a working group, gathering several times every year to hear guest speakers, to participate in workshops led by their fellow participants, and to attend cultural events.


Beginning in summer 2008, teachers in the network will participate in a lesson study group, meeting throughout the semester to explore the challenges to teaching the Holocaust within a specific subject area, create and demonstrate lesson plans, and generate a report on their findings. We will add this material to our website when it becomes available.



Holocaust Educators Network listserv

As part of our ongoing efforts to foster strong connections between program participants, the Holocaust Educators Network, with the support of the National Writing Project, has created a listserv that brings together members of the seminars from across the nation. The listserv offers a forum for sharing ideas and information on Holocaust pedagogy and an opportunity for members to join online book group discussions offered periodically throughout the academic year.