Teacher Education

Teacher Education
 
I have learned that whenever a community is threatened, all are affected. Whenever a single human being is humiliated, the human image is cheapened. Whenever a person suffers for whatever the reason and no one is there to offer a hand, a smile, a gift, a memory, a smile again, something is wrong with society at large.”
(Elie Wiesel) 


From the onset, the founders of the Holocaust Resource Center recognized that education was integral to the accomplishment of its mission. As a result, the HRC's first activity centered preparation of a tuition-free graduate course for teachers "Teaching the Holocaust", which was first offered at Kean University in the spring semester 1983. As enrollment in the course increased, it expanded from the University to various local school districts to allow for greater teacher preparation.
The success of this initial offering led to the creation of a follow-up course, "Teaching Prejudice Reduction," which was introduced in spring semester 1989. Over the years, thousands of teachers have participated in the courses.
The Center's educational programs serve as a resource for many Kean University undergraduate students and members of the community. Each year students enrolled in HRC's graduate and undergraduate courses visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. 
 
 “Events happen because they were possible. If they were possible once, they are possible again. In that sense, the Holocaust is not unique, but a warning for the future.” (Yehuda Bauer)

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What are students ‘remembering’ on Holocaust Memorial Day?

IOE London Blog by Paul Salmons

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New Approved Training Centers to Offer Professional Development

The Echos and Reflections  program is growing and will be offering an increasing number of programs to educators across the country in 2013.  One way the program is expanding is through a cooperative program with Holocaust Museums and centers.  After two successful seminars in 2011 and 2012 education directors from 16 states, representing 20 Holocaust museums and centers have been given tools to facilitate Echoes and Reflections professional development in their own communities.  Holocaust museums and centers that are part of this exciting new initiative are designated Echoes and Reflections Approved Training Centers.


Participants completed an extensive train-the-trainer program, where they explored the interdisciplinary components of Echoes and Reflections, examined the value of video testimony when teaching about the Holocaust, and created agendas for future programming at their centers.