The Alabama Holocaust Education Center (AHEC) recognizes the need for conscientious teachers, equipped with proper knowledge, to develop engaging and pedagogically sound Holocaust curricula. The following organizations offer Holocaust education programs that are recommended by the AHEC for Friedman Scholarship recipients. Other workshops will be considered, but must be approved by the AHEC.
- Appalachian State University
Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium for Educators
- The Breman Museum | Kennesaw State University
Summer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust
- Facing History and Ourselves
Holocaust and Human Behavior
- Jewish Foundation for the Righteous
Summer Institute for Teachers*
European Study Program*
The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights*
- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Belfer National Conference for Educators – ONLINE
Museum Teacher Fellowship*
- Yad Vashem
Various Courses – ONLINE
*Advanced Program, may have additional requirements
2022: Film and Photography During and After the Holocaust
This year’s symposium will highlight the role of film and photography during and after the Holocaust and include specific sessions on “Nazi Propaganda and the Uses and Abuses of Film,” “Photography and Nazi Propaganda,” “The Nazi-Established Ghettos and Concentration Camps in Eastern Europe: Resistance and the Use of Photography in the Face of Extermination,” “Indonesian Lullaby: Depicting Survival in the Netherlands in Film” and more.
Participating teachers will have the opportunity to learn from and converse with, among others, Prof Michael Berenbaum (American Jewish University), Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (University of Miami), Sheryl Ochayon (Yad Vashem) and other accomplished Holocaust educators and scholars, also from the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. Dr. Racelle Weiman (Florida) will serve as the symposium’s co-director.
The symposium will provide approximately 40 hours of instruction. Teachers will receive 4 CEUs.
Open to middle and high school teachers, university faculty and students, and interested community leaders.
Provided by Appalachian State in nearby University apartments.
Friday, June 23 – Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Awaiting 2023 Information
First come, first-served.
There is no registration fee for the workshop.
The Museum of HIstory and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum will be joining forces for the first time to present this 3-day educator conference that will include conversations with Holocaust survivors and:
- Networking opportunities with scholars, museum professionals and other educators
- Historical context for Holocaust education
- Hands-on lessons
- Museum and historic Temple tours
- Research-based strategies for teaching difficult history
- Classroom materials
Teachers of elementary/middle/high school and public/charter/private/religious schools.
Class size will be limited to 40 teachers.
The Breman Museum
1440 Spring Street NW (entrance on 18th Street)
Atlanta, GA 30309
Kennesaw State University
(Wednesday and Thursday)
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Accommodations will be on the Kennesaw campus. Participants will be bused to programming, which will be held at both Kennesaw and the Breman.
Tuesday, June 6 (starts 9:00 am) – Thursday, June 8, 2023 (ends 3:00pm)
Featured presenters include:
Donna Tarney, TOLI Seminar Leader (Charlotte, NC)
Dr. Danny M. Cohen, Professor and YA Author of Train (Chicago, IL)
Andrea Miskewicz, Head of Education at the Museum of History and Holocaust Education (Kennesaw, GA)
Rabbi Joseph Prass, Director of the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education at the Breman Museum (Atlanta, GA)
Saturday, February 4, 2023
$50 non-refundable registration fee.
Space is limited.
Covers overnight accomodations (Tuesday and Wednesday nights only) on the Kennesaw State campus, as well as parking, meals, and materials.
There will be a small fee for those coming from out of state that need to stay on campus Monday night.
In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence continues to be relevant. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This workshop features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for middle and high school teachers.
After this seminar you will:
- 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 multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through the Facing History online lending library at no cost
Recommended for 6-12th grade US History, World History, Humanities, or English Language Arts teachers.
Facing History and Ourselves
115 Huling Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee.
2022 Dates TBD
3 days, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Registration Fee $30 + Event Fee $400
Breakfast and lunch provided.
The Alabama Holocaust Education Center is designated a “Center of Excellence” by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. The Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program is a partnership between the JFR and the participating Holocaust Center. In agreeing to participate in the program, each center agrees to nominate two educators each year to attend the Summer Institute for Teachers. Additionally, each center agrees to sponsor Holocaust teacher education programs that draw on JFR materials and training modules. The Centers make a commitment to teach the Holocaust in as comprehensive a manner as possible and to include the subject of rescue. Teachers who attend JFR programs are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows and form a cadre of educators for each local center as well as for the JFR.
The JFR’s additional education programs are comprehensive and far-reaching. They include not only the summer residential program but an advanced seminar, and educators’ trip to Europe, an academic newsletter, a teachers’ internet resource, and partnerships with Holocaust Centers throughout the country.
The Summer Institute for Teachers examines the Holocaust from the precedents found in the history of antisemitism, to the rise of the Nazi party, the machinery of death, rescue, through to the aftermath of the Holocaust. The text will be How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader by Professor Peter Hayes.
The program is a high-level, intensive academic seminar in which participants are exposed to prominent Holocaust scholars. Participants meet in small groups following each lecture, enabling them to share teaching concepts and to develop approaches to introducing the subject matter to their students.
All participants selected to attend the JFR Summer Institute for Teachers are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows and must be nominated by one of the centers in our Holocaust Centers of Excellence Program. In order to participate in other JFR educational programs, a teacher must be an Alfred Lerner Fellow and have remained involved with their local Holocaust center. While there is a participant fee, the JFR provides each Lerner Fellow with a significant scholarship to attend the Summer Institute for Teachers. The program is a residential program – all participants stay on the Columbia University campus. Participants are expected to complete required readings prior to the start of the program.
The JFR Summer Institute for Teachers provides the foundation for other JFR education programs, such as the Advanced Seminar and European Study Program which delve deeply into aspects of the Holocaust not covered by other Holocaust teacher education programs.
- Teacher must be selected by the Alabama Holocaust Education Center (BHEC), a designated “Center of Excellence.” The AHEC will select 2 teachers each year from the state of Alabama. Teachers can express interest in this nomination by applying for a Friedman Scholarship through the AHEC.
- Teacher must teach English or Social Studies at the middle or high school level, or they must work in an education capacity with the AHEC.
- Teacher must have taught for at least five years and must be at least five years from retirement.
- Teacher must currently teach the Holocaust in the classroom.
- Previous Holocaust workshop experience required.
- Teacher must agree to serve as a resource for the JFR and the AHEC.
- The JFR requires each applicant to submit a content outline of their Holocaust unit of study with their application.
- The JFR requires each participant to submit a 1-2 page paper AFTER the workshop, discussing how the participant intends to change their unit on the Holocaust with respect to content and methodology, as a result of attending the Summer Institute. With this should be a required revised lesson plan from your unit of study.
If accepted, the JFR’s application will be sent to you by the AHEC Education Coordinator. Your application must be submitted to the AHEC office first, and will then be submitted to the JFR.
January 31, 2023
2023 Registration Fee TBD.
(This will be covered in full by Friedman Scholarship)
The JFR holds its Advanced Seminar every year over the birthday weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This 3-day, intensive program is open only to Alfred Lerner Fellows and is limited to 24 participants. The Advanced Seminar is designed to deepen knowledge of the Holocaust in particular geographies or thematic areas. Participants are expected to complete required readings and writing assignments prior to the start of the program.
Teacher must have completed JFR’s Summer Institute for Teachers and must be nominated by the Alabama Holocaust Education Center (AHEC).
2023: Hilton Newark Airport Hotel | Newark, NJ
Hilton Newark Airport Hotel | Newark, NJ
Saturday, January 14- Monday, January 16, 2023
If accepted, the JFR’s application will be sent to you by the AHEC Education Coordinator. Your application must be submitted to the AHEC office first, and will then be submitted to the JFR.
Friedman Scholarships for the Advanced Seminar will cover REGISTRATION FEES ONLY.
Notify AHEC Education Coordinator if you are interested in applying. The AHEC must sign all applications before submission.
SPACE IS LIMITED
$425 Participant Fee
(Covered by Friedman Scholarship)
The European Study Program offers participants an intensive educational experience. This program is scheduled every other year and is limited to twenty Lerner Fellows. It includes visits to concentration camps; ghetto sites; former shtetls; and meetings with survivors, rescuers, local historians, and teachers. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous sees the European Study Program as its capstone and provides a subsidy for each participant.
Teacher must have completed JFR’s Summer Institute for Teachers and must be nominated by the AHEC.
2023: Germany and Poland
All accommodations included.
Scholar: Professor Robert Jan van Pelt
JFR’s application will be sent to you by the AHEC Education Coordinator.
AHEC Friedman Scholarship will only provide UP TO $1,500.
TOLI welcomes applications from middle school, high school, and college faculty across the US who seek to deepen their teaching about the Holocaust, genocide, and social justice.
This 10-day seminar encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about how they teach the Holocaust and more recent genocides. Participants become adept at dealing with difficult material and discover how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help motivate students toward social action.
Graduates of the seminar are expected to return to their classrooms with the commitment to teach about the Holocaust and/or human rights and to create opportunities for outreach to fellow teachers and community members. Our active listserv and mini-grant program are designed to support graduates of our programs in ongoing participation in Holocaust and social justice education both locally and nationally.
- Prior experience teaching the Holocaust or focusing on social injustice in the classroom is required.
- Applicants should have at least 5 years of classroom experience and need to be at least 5 years from retirement.
- Previous Holocaust workshop experience required to receive AHEC Friedman Scholarship.
The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI)
58 East 79th Street
New York, NY
TOLI also provides PD seminars throughout the US and abroad, for educators to link the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to current world events, working with teachers to promote a human rights and social justice agenda in their classroom.
Provided at Columbia University
2023 dates are not yet available
Course content includes:
- Testimony from Holocaust survivors
- Workshops by scholars and artists
- A day at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
- A focus on experiential learning, interactive pedagogy, and writing
- Outings to historic sites and cultural events
- A focus on Jewish culture and Klezmer music
No AHEC Scholarship Application is necessary. We would appreciate knowing if you plan to apply.
Letter of Reference Deadline:
All participants receive a $350 stipend, free housing at Columbia University and round-trip airfare to NYC.
Local transportation and most meals will be provided by TOLI.
Designed to support accurate, meaningful teaching about the Holocaust, the Belfer National Conference for Educators is the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s flagship event for secondary school educators across the country.
The conference invites participants to engage with current historical research and instructional best practices. Educators discover and learn how to use various classroom resources, find inspiration in new ideas, and connect with peers engaged in similar work across the United States and worldwide.
During the conference, participants will:
- Access historically accurate classroom-ready lessons and resources based on the Museum’s extensive collections
- Learn how teaching about the Holocaust meets curricular goals and standards
- Hear directly from Holocaust survivors and seasoned educators
- Participate in live, interactive sessions with Museum historians, who are subject matter experts and among the most authoritative voices in the field.
- Join a worldwide support community dedicated to helping educators teach Holocaust history
Benefits of Participation:
- Earn 24 hours of state-certified professional development.
- Access sessions live or on-demand through a flexible virtual platform.
- Free books and resources mailed directly to you (domestic attendees only)
2023 KEY THEMES
This year’s conference addresses two key themes critical to teaching about the Holocaust:
– Teaching with Evidence
In 50 countries across six continents, the Museum is urgently collecting evidence of the Holocaust before it is too late—before fragile documents and artifacts disintegrate and while those who can bear witness are still able to do so.
This year’s conference takes you behind the scenes of the Museum’s vast collections, places not open to the public, sharing lessons and classroom strategies.
– Confronting Antisemitism
There is a documented dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents in the United States: whether from politicians, athletes, entertainers, the media, or other people of influence; or online; or in public spaces such as a bridge in Los Angeles or a college football game in Florida—antisemitic rhetoric is increasing in frequency, visibility, and intensity.
Teachers are on the front lines of educating about antisemitism, and this conference provides valuable resources and support.
- Pre-Service teachers
- Middle and High School educators
- Community College faculty
- Distict, state, and school-level administrators and curriclum leaders.
Monday, June 26 – Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Full conference schedule available March 2023
Registration opens January 15, 2023.
Sign up for a Registration Reminder.
This program is presented online, so registration remains open until allotted slots are filled.
No need to apply for an AHEC Friedman Scholarship, but we would appreciate knowing if you attend.
Established in 1996, the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program has developed a national corps of skilled educators to help lead the Museum’s efforts to ensure quality Holocaust education in secondary schools. Over 430 teachers have become a part of the corps, working to serve as conduits to the Museum for educators, institutions, professional organizations, and community groups in their regions and assisting the Museum in educational outreach and resource creation.
Fellows participate in the Pines, Sarna, Statfeld Summer Institute for the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program held at the Museum in Washington, DC. This institute is designed to immerse Fellows in advanced historical and pedagogical issues. Following the institute, they organize and implement a professional development event for educators in their schools, communities, or professional organizations that highlights Museum resources. In July of the following year, they attend a follow-up program at the Museum to continue their study of the Holocaust with Museum staff and noted speakers. Travel expenses are covered, and teachers receive an honorarium for their work during the fellowship year.
The Museum selects up to 15 educators – from grades 7 through 12 – as new Museum Teacher Fellows. These educators must show evidence of extensive knowledge of Holocaust history, successful teaching experience, and participation in community and professional organizations. Preference is given to applicants who have attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators.
The Museum welcomes applications from middle, high school, and community college teachers of history, social studies, foreign languages, English, journalism, and other related disciplines. Applicants must teach in the United States and have a minimum of five years of experience teaching about the Holocaust. Additionally, applicants must have attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
Hotel per conference recommendation.
Sunday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Following the institute, participants organize and implement a professional development event for educators in their schools, communities, or professional organizations that highlights Museum resources. In July of the following year, they attend a follow-up program at the Museum to continue their study of the Holocaust with Museum staff and noted speakers.
February 1, 2023
All expenses paid by the USHMM, including travel and hotel. Teachers receive an honorarium for their work during the fellowship year.
Yad Vashem’s teacher training is now offered online with FREE Online Courses that utilize the materials from their extensive archives and resources as well as the latest in Holocaust research and pedagogy.
For your convenience, the AHEC has listed these Online Courses in our Curriculum Links based on the subject matter.