Category Archives: TOLI News


TOLI is offering two programs to support its widening network of teachers and educators throughout Europe.  First, TOLI has developed a pilot professional development program for 500 teachers from Romania and Bulgaria. The program consists of a series of webinars for teachers to expand their understanding of the Holocaust and human rights, learn about new […continue]

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TOLI is conducting an  11-week online professional development opportunity for teachers in Europe (September 21-December 7) bringing  together 42 participants from 15 countries. This seminar, in partnership with the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and with support from the Council of Europe, is addressed to teachers working in Europe who are interested in developing their competencies […continue]

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National Seminar In NYC Becomes a Year of Virtual Activities For Teachers

While the health crisis prevented 27 teachers from attending the national seminar in New York in June, the participants have enthusiastically embarked on a yearlong journey together reading, writing, and sharing classroom lessons via TOLI’s website and over Zoom. In June and July, participants introduced themselves online and read and responded to TOLI Senior Program […continue]

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Teaching About The Holocaust and Human Rights Through Art: Poland Moves Online

In Poland, an 8-week online course titled Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Right through Art will be organized by TOLI in partnership with POLIN Museum.  Yad Vashem Institute contributed to the course by sharing knowledge on the subject matter. The content of the course includes little-known stories of people and events, and a new look at literature […continue]

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TOLI Launches the Call for Its First Ever Europe-Wide Online Course

Learning from the Past – Acting for the Future Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights   An 11-week online engagement professional opportunity for teachers in Europe (21 September – 4 December, 2020)   Call for applications This program, developed by The Olga Lengyel Institute, in partnership with the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and with […continue]

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New Mexico Seminar Moves Online

New Mexico seminar leaders, Leslie Lawner, Susan Quintana, Michelle Thompson-Lloyd, and Barb Lazar grounded their work in the Essential Question:   In times of crisis, what does it take to move from knowledge to action? As they shifted from an in-person to a virtual 3-day seminar, they worked to maximize the benefits of online learning with […continue]

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Crossing Lines: Tools for Teaching Tough Topics: First TOLI Online Seminar, California

Pam Bodnar and Gail Desler, leaders of the TOLI California seminar, shifted plans after COVID made it clear they couldn’t hold an in-person seminar as planned. Gail has served as her district’s Technology Coach, so this team was able to quickly pull together TOLI’s first full seminar held completely online. Instead of its usual week-long […continue]

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“Stamped” Antiracist Reading Group, Mississippi—Tracei Willis, Wendy Zagray Warren

The Mississippi Satellite opened an invitation to educators who signed up for an intensive weeklong reading, reflecting, and discussing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Our group comprised 16 participants from New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Alabama, and of course, Mississippi. Our first virtual meeting on Sunday, June 14, 2020, […continue]

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CNN- The Portuguese diplomat who saved thousands of people and lost everything except his good name

Op-ed in CNN about Portuguese Holocaust hero Sousa Mendes by TOLI board members, Arthur Berger and Harry D. Wall. “Sousa Mendes’ actions carry an important lesson for today. In a world where racism is all too common and cruel anti-immigration policies are in force against refugees, the actions of an individual — willing to risk […continue]

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TOLI welcomes the passage of the Never Again Education Act, signed into law on May 28, which provides $10 million of funding for Holocaust education in the US. The money will be administered over five years by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “As memory of the Holocaust is in decline and anti-Semitism and extremism are […continue]

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