Annual Report

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Overview of TOLI programs in the United States,  2018

In 2018, TOLI continued its record of providing outstanding professional development and support to teachers across the United States.

Summer Seminars for Teachers

In June, July, and August 2018, TOLI supported 12 Satellite Seminars across the United States. TOLI seminars reached more than 200 educators across the U.S.:

  • Our capstone 12-day seminar in New York City brought together 25 teachers for an intensive inquiry into Holocaust and social justice education. The group of teachers we convened in the summer of 2018 represented a wide variety of schools and backgrounds. They were Teacher Consultants from the National Writing Project, Teacher Fellows from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, past participants from the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program, the ADL Bearing Witness Program, and the Shoah Foundation Visual History Project. One educator from Greece also joined us.
  • A record number of 12 5-day satellite seminars took place, with satellites in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Mini-grants

  • In 2018 TOLI continued its longstanding mini-grant program in the United States for a total of more than $12K in support. These projects, which are ongoing across the 2018-2019 school year, include a wide range of activities, from co-sponsoring conferences organized by members of our program, to classroom and school-wide initiatives that will build student knowledge, to theater performances and Holocaust-themed art installations.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference in Houston, Texas

  • On November 17, 2018, Jennifer Lemberg and TOLI Satellite Seminar leader Scott Lone presented a panel at the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference in Houston, Texas. They were joined by Christina Chavarría, Program Coordinator of the William Levine Family Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The panel, entitled “Responding to History, Responding to Today: Raising Student Voices through Holocaust Education,” explored how narratives that depict how young people responded to and resisted injustice during the Holocaust connects the study of the past to active practice in the present. Later that evening, TOLI hosted a reunion dinner for any and all members of the network who were attending the conference.

 

TOLI Expands European Programs 2018/2019

TOLI has expanded its European programs to become an important resource for Holocaust education in the EU nations.  We have found that teachers receive little educational training in this area and are eager for professional development in response to concerns about extremism and intolerance. Since 2012 TOLI has held 12 seminars in Europe training nearly 400 teachers.

All the seminars are tailored to the history and context of the host country. Each program has a local partner, an education or human rights organization, and sometimes government agency. Working with local Jewish communities, we include visits to nearby synagogue and opportunity to learn about Jewish life in that country.

With Europe becoming an important part of TOLI’s mission, the number of seminars in 2018 has grown to seven: Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Romania. In addition to these countries, in 2019, our reach will expand to Lithuania and Ukraine. Over 600 teachers have completed TOLI training since the programs began in Europe in 2012. These programs are designed to fit within the context of each country’s Holocaust history and contemporary issues of human rights and social justice.

 

AUSTRIA

From March 15-21, 2018, TOLI held its second biannual seminar in Austria, bringing together 19 educators from Austria with 10 teachers from the US.  The seminar took place at the innovative campus of Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au, Innsbruck, Austria.

Supported by funding from TOLI as well as the Austrian Ministry of Education, the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria, and the Austrian American Partnership Fund, the seminar in Austria uses writing and inquiry to help participants deepen their knowledge of the Holocaust and develop curriculum that addresses present-day issues of social injustice.

The next seminar is planned for March of 2020.

BULGARIA

The 4th annual seminar organized by The Olga Lengyel Institute in partnership with the American University in Bulgaria took place in Blagoevgrad on July 8-12, 2018. Every year since 2015 groups of 35-45 teachers from across the country have the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned lecturers, to listen to survivor testimonies and to think creatively and collaboratively about how to teach the Holocaust and social justice.

GREECE

This was the second yearly seminar held in Athens, with a group of 30 teachers who had the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned lecturers, to interact with survivors and to think creatively and collaboratively about how to teach the Holocaust and social justice.

This project is developed by The Olga Lengyel Institute in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Greece and held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education in Greece. The aim of the project is to contribute to increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and social justice in Greece. The program provides a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history.

ITALY

This seminar was developed by TOLI in partnership CDEC Foundation and MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education). A group of 35 high school teachers of humanities from across Italy, were trained on both the study of the anti-Semitic fascist segregation (persecution, discrimination) and the causes and effects of today’s hate speech in Italy, providing them with suitable tools for working with students in Asti, September 2-6, 2018. In teaching these topics, the program provided the opportunity to integrate national and international approaches and to grasp the current relevance of this crucial page of the Italian and European twentieth century history.

“I found particularly interesting and useful the session about propaganda which helped me make a link with present day hate speech.” –a participant in the seminar in Italy

POLAND

The first annual seminar for Polish teachers developed by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) in partnership with POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews took place in Warsaw on July 3- 7, 2018. The seminar was made possible by a generous donation from the Mostysser family. A group of 30 teachers had the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned lecturers, to interact with survivors and to think creatively and collaboratively about how to teach about the Holocaust and human rights.The program provided a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history.

PORTUGAL

This seminar was developed by TOLI in partnership Memoshoa Foundation. 30 teachers participated in Lisbon from September 4-7, 2018. The aim of the seminar was to contribute to increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and human rights in Portugal. The program provided a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history.

ROMANIA

The 7th annual seminar for Romanian teachers was organized by The Olga Lengyel Institute in partnership with Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania on July 16- 19, 2018. The aim of the seminar was to contribute to increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and social justice in Romania. The program provided a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history.

”My activities with students will be more diverse, more complex. I will use the images and the information received in the planning meetings with my colleagues. I will also propose a project on this subject.” – a participant in the seminar in Romania.

Contact

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