The Florida Holocaust Museum offers free teacher training across the state.
These trainings cover a variety of topics from introductory sessions for teachers who are new to Holocaust Education through more in-depth workshops on specific aspects of Holocaust history as applicable for Social Studies, Language Arts, and Character Education. Training can be conducted in-person and online.
Teacher Training & Programs On-Demand from The FHM
The Florida Holocaust Museum is excited to offer recordings of our teacher trainings and programs through the ON24 webcasting platform. This resource is free for educators. To access a program recording, please register here or by using the registration links below. You can also download a pdf here.
My Mother’s Daughter: A Virtual Testimony and Book Reading Event with Halina Herman, Holocaust Survivor
Overview: On November 10, 2022, The FHM presented My Mother’s Daughter, a virtual book reading and testimony event for teachers and students featuring Holocaust survivor and author Halina Herman.
About the Speaker: Halina Herman (née Kramarz) was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1939. Her father was a physician and was sent away by the Germans to a slave-labor camp in April 1941. Halina never saw him again. Halina’s mother obtained false papers and got a job as a maid in Kraków. She placed Halina with a non-Jewish family who raised her as a Christian child. After the war, Halina was reunited with her mother and continued to go to church until the mother revealed their Jewish identity to her in 1949. They went to France as refugees, where they stayed until they were able to immigrate to Canada. Most of Halina’s immediate family died in the Holocaust. Halina is a practicing clinical psychologist and lives in Florida with her husband, Edward Herman, who is also a Holocaust survivor. They both regularly share their testimonies with students and the public at The Florida Holocaust Museum.
My Heart in A Suitcase
Overview: On November 8, 2022, The FHM presented the play My Heart in A Suitcase, a production by ArtsPower On-Demand, for Holocaust Education Week.
About My Heart in A Suitcase: Young Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. With the Nazis in power, life in 1938 Germany is changing all too quickly. To protect their daughter, Anne’s parents decide to send her on the Kindertransport to find safe haven in England. ArtsPower’s My Heart in a Suitcase is a compelling drama based on Anne Lehmann Fox’s courageous account of her experiences as a 12-year-old just prior to her leaving Berlin. Beginning in December 1938, Anne and 10,000 other Jewish children fled Germany and other Nazi-occupied areas, without their parents, on the Kindertransport.
How Jews Lived: Stories of Children and Teens Before the Holocaust
Overview: This training was presented by The Florida Holocaust Museum and Centropa on October 20, 2022. This training will help educators: learn about the history of Central and Eastern European Jewish life, return to classes with primary sources for teaching about the lives of young Jews prior to the Holocaust, learn about new activities, lessons, and projects you can do with your students, and discover Centropa’s and The FHM’s upcoming professional development opportunities.
Teaching About the Holocaust with The FHM’s Virtual Library
Overview: This training was presented by The Florida Holocaust Museum on October 13, 2022. During this training, educators will learn guidelines and standards for Holocaust education, how to use Holocaust literature in their classroom, and how to access The FHM’s FREE virtual library for Holocaust and character education.
Teaching about the Holocaust through Primary Sources
Presenters: Marlene W. Yahalom, PhD, Director of Education at The American Society for Yad Vashem, and Ursula Szczepinska, Director of Education & Research at The Florida Holocaust Museum
Overview: This training was presented by The Florida Holocaust Museum and The American Society for Yad Vashem on September 6, 2022. During this training, educators will: enhance their understanding of the Holocaust, explore the significance of historical documentation, and honor Holocaust victims and destroyed communities.
Teaching About the Holocaust with We Share The Same Sky: Training Presented by Award-Winning Author & Educator Rachael Cerrotti
Overview: On April 5, The Florida Holocaust Museum hosted author and educator Rachael Cerrotti for a teacher workshop on how to use her acclaimed podcast and book, We Share the Same Sky, in the classroom. This training explores topics such as how to teach the Holocaust from a contemporary and universal perspective and how to use the stories of survivors to engage students in meaningful conversation about their own personal experiences and family histories. In addition, Rachael will introduce teachers to what classroom-ready resources are available online to support her work. Learn more about Rachael’s work at www.sharethesamesky.com.
The FHM & Centropa: Jews of Spanish Heritage – Part 2
Overview: The FHM and Centropa present resources and lesson ideas for educators to teach about Sephardic Jews and the Bosnian War in the 1990s. This training aired originally on March 9, 2022.
The FHM & Centropa: Jews of Spanish Heritage – Part 1
Overview: This training will introduce educators to how to teach about the Holocaust using The FHM and Centropa’s resources. It features a presentation by The FHM on the guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust and an introduction to the history of Sephardic Jewry through Centropa’s films “El Otro Camino: 1492” and “Three Promises: The Story of the Kalefs of Belgrade.” It is geared towards teaching Spanish-speaking learners. This training aired originally on March 2, 2022.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Florida Holocaust Museum: Resources for Holocaust Education
Overview: Offered in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this training discusses resources that can be used to teach about the Holocaust for different grade levels. This training was originally recorded on November 4, 2021, at The Florida Holocaust Museum.
Virtual Tour of the Secret Annex
Presented by: The Florida Holocaust Museum and The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect
Overview: Join The Florida Holocaust Museum and The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect for a special tour of the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family and friends hid from the Nazis. This tour has been developed specially for two age groups: students in grades 5-8, and high school students. This experience is an excellent
Holocaust Education resource! This program originally aired on November 12, 2021.
Holocaust Education Week Activities using Primary and Secondary Sources: Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport
Presenters: Lauren B. Granite, Ph.D., Director of Education, North America at Centropa and Yara Lugo, Museum Educator at The FHM
Overview: Compelling resources, dynamic ways to use them to teach about two critical events in Holocaust history. Centropa offers teachers primary sources (annotated photographs, interviews) and secondary sources (award winning, short multimedia films, none longer than 30 minutes) that teachers use to create virtual and in-class projects for teaching digital literacy, critical thinking, and global awareness. All are free of charge. The Florida Holocaust Museum has provided Holocaust education across the state for almost 30 years. All primary and secondary sources shared by the Museum are free to teachers and students. We have digital and print content for grades K-12. Teachers use Centropa and The FHM resources to teach Holocaust, social studies, ELA, art, foreign language, filmmaking, photography, and civics.
Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust
Presenters: Dr. Shay Pilnik, Director of the Emil A. and Jenny Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Yeshiva University, Ursula Szczepinska, Director of Education & Research at The FHM, and Dr. Mordechai Paldiel
Overview: The Florida Holocaust Museum in partnership with Yeshiva University’s Emil A. and Jenny Fish Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center presents this special teacher workshop featuring a keynote speaker, Dr. Mordechai Paldiel. This workshop focuses on Jewish and non-Jewish rescuers of Jews during Shoah.
About the Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mordechai Paldiel is a leading scholar on the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust. He earned an MA and PhD in Holocaust Studies at Temple University, Philadelphia. Paldiel was the director of the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem – Israel’s national Holocaust Memorial, from 1982 to 2007. Under his stewardship, some 18,000 non-Jewish men and women from various countries were awarded the prestigious honor of “Righteous Among the Nations” for their role in saving Jews from the Nazis. Dr. Paldiel has published numerous books and articles on the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust. He currently teaches several courses at Yeshiva University – Stern College and Touro College in New York City.
Teaching about the Holocaust through Primary & Secondary Sources: Centropa’s and The FHM’s Resources
Presenters: Ursula Szczepinska, Director of Education & Research at The FHM and Lauren B. Granite, Ph.D., Director of Education, North America at Centropa
Overview: Centropa offers teachers a primary sources (annotated photographs, interviews), and secondary sources (award winning, short multimedia films, none longer than 30 minutes) that teachers use to create virtual and in-class projects for teaching digital literacy, critical thinking, and global awareness. All are free of charge. The Florida Holocaust Museum has provided Holocaust education across the state for almost 30 years. All primary and secondary sources shared by the Museum are free to teachers and students. We have digital and print content for grades K-12. Perfect for Holocaust Education Week lessons and programming, teachers use Centropa and The FHM resources to teach Holocaust, social studies, ELA, art, foreign language, filmmaking, photography, and civics.
Teaching about the Holocaust at a High School Level
Presenter: Ursula Szczepinska, Director of Education & Research at The FHM
Overview: This training originally took place on July 16, 2021 with St. Johns County Schools. This training discusses resources from The Florida Holocaust Museum and other organizations for Holocaust education at the high school level. It includes print and digital resources based on primary sources for different grades at a high school level.
Genocide in the 20th Century: A Case Study of Rwanda
Presenter: Ursula Szczepinska, Director of Education & Research at The FHM
Overview: This training took place on June 30, 2021 with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium. It starts with guidelines for teaching about genocide, the origins of the term, and recommendations for resources that can be used in the classroom. The program then focuses on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and highlights its history as well as grade-appropriate resources based on primary sources pertaining to this genocide.
Letters from Anne & Martin
Overview: The Florida Holocaust Museum, in partnership with The Florida Department of Education, presents a virtual performance of Letters from Anne & Martin for middle and high school students. Combining the iconic voices of Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this compelling production evokes the timeless message of hope for peace and a more united world. The production is a dramatic presentation of parallel worlds and kindred spirits in our history, drawn entirely from the text of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl (1947, expanded 1995) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963). This production was written, produced, and directed by The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
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