Category Archives: TOLI News


On June 22 – 27, 2013, experienced educators from California, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Texas participated in advanced training designed to help them launch Satellite Seminars in their home states. The program, held off-site at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, included workshops with Sheridan Blau, Distinguished Senior Lecturer […continue]

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Five educators from our network presented at the National Writing Project (NWP) Annual Meeting in Boston in November of 2013 as part of a panel entitled “Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide: 21st Century Perspectives.” Cara Crandall, Robert Hadley, Corey Harbaugh, Norma Mota-Altman, and Tosha Tillotson offered best practices for teaching about the Holocaust and […continue]

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Memorial Library Teachers present at 2013 Urban Sites Network Conference in Birmingham

At the 2013 Urban Sites Network Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, “Writers of Social Justice: How One Pen Can Change the World” (April 25-27), past participants Paige Cole (’09), Lisa Hall (’09) of Georgia and Sandi Robertson (’11) of Tennessee presented their work in a panel entitled “Teaching about the Holocaust and Social Justice: Best Practices […continue]

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Radio Show: Reflections on the Memorial Library Summer Seminar in NYC

On February 14, 2013,The Memorial Library Summer Seminar was showcased on the National Writing Project’s Blog Talk Radio Show. Sondra Perl and Jennifer Lemberg were joined by by summer seminar participants Tai Basurto (2012), Carol Revelle (2011), and Melissa Flanagan (2007) to reflect on their experiences during the seminar and the ways in which they […continue]

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Kathy Carlisle, St. Francis HIgh School teacher and 2012 Summer Seminar Participant, passes away on December 8 2012

The Memorial Library is saddened to announce the untimely death of Kathy Carlisle, who passed away on December 8. The Library mourns her passing and extends sympathies to Kathy’s family and friends at this terrible loss. Kathy, a Visual Arts instructor at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, was a participant in the 2012 Summer […continue]

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Cardinal Gibbons High School students visit Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC

Summer seminar participant Mark DeLaRosa reflects, “one of my favorite Jewish sayings is, ‘an enemy is a friend you haven’t met yet,’” and his teaching practice reflects this philosophy through outreach to other communities. On a cool Sunday evening in October, sophomores from his class at Cardinal Gibbons (Catholic) High School in North Carolina and […continue]

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HEN teacher and satellite leader Jane Connealy becomes “Satellite Seminar Coordinator.”

We are pleased to announce that Jane Connealy, HEN ’07, is joining the HEN staff as the Coordinator of our Summer Satellite Program. Having worked for the past three years as a satellite leader in Lincoln, NB, along with her colleagues Katie Elsener and Tom Seib, Jane brings first-hand knowledge of what’s involved in running […continue]

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Diane Williams receives Human Rights Educator of the Year award

Diane Williams, a teacher from ANSER Junior High in Boise, Idaho, first began working with the Idaho Human Rights Education Center (IHREC) when she received a Fullbright to study South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its commitment to restorative justice, and the IHREC provided funding to help document her trip. Over time, Williams began to deepen […continue]

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Alabama Teachers Plant the Seed for More Effective Holocaust Education

Enithie Hunter and Lisa Light, 2010 Memorial Library summer seminar participants, share a passion for finding the most effective ways to teach about one of the darkest atrocities of the 20th-century, which translates into their work as teacher consultants for the Jacksonville State University Writing Project (JSUWP). This summer, Hunter and Light took what they […continue]

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