Blog Archives

Memory and Legacy – Migration Workshop with Rachael Cerrotti

As part of a Migration Workshop conducted during the Memory and Legacy unit of Amy McLaughlin-Hatch’s yearlong course, “The Holocaust and Human Behavior,” educational consultant Rachael Cerrotti shared her grandmother’s story of survival during the Holocaust along with her story of migration in the aftermath of the World War II. During this final unit, students […continue]

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“The War Within These Walls” Reading and Community Discussion

Christina Cote-Reinhart teaches in a small town of less than 1,000 people outside the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. “It can seem like another world here, and that the lessons of history do not apply inside this beautiful ridge of mountains,” she says. “I want my students to graduate and go to the ends […continue]

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Listening Conversations for the Repair of the World (Tikun Olam)

Dr. Rebecca Berru Davis, inspired by the 2017 TOLI Summer Seminar “Worlds Apart, But Not Strangers, Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All,” at Montana State University Billings (MSUB), received a mini-grant to deepen the understanding of the role religion plays in shaping our principles and activating our response, in her classroom. Three conversations were […continue]

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Children of the Holocaust – Point of View Project

The Children of the Holocaust – Point of View Project was created to increase empathy among 8th graders at Daniel J. Savage Middle School in Modesto, California. During the 2017/18 school year, Sherry Chapman and three other 8th grade teachers led the project, striving to expand Holocaust education beyond the core curriculum by having students […continue]

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Understanding Human Rights with Free?: Stories about Human Rights

Nicholas Darlinton, an eighth grade English teacher at First Sage Valley Middle School in Caldwell, Idaho, believes in the value of teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the lens of literature. Yet he struggled for years to find the right stories in the student reader that would bring the individual rights to life […continue]

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Studying Other Cultures

Suzanne Sullivan, who participated in the 2013 New York City Seminar, teaches 8th graders a Language Arts curriculum that focuses on the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement and a Social Studies curriculum rooted in American History. The cohesive units help students make meaningful connections as they explore identity, history, the role of religion in […continue]

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Teaching with The Journey That Saved Curious George

Sandra Sullivan, a Modern Literature teacher at St. Pius X High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, received a mini-grant to purchase sixty copies of The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond. The book came to Ms. Sullivan’s attention after […continue]

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Survivor Stories Club

Shannon Galloway’s students read Holocaust survivor Bronia Brandman’s The Girl Who Survived as well as other memoirs and books about the Holocaust as part of a larger project focusing on stories of survival. As part of their work, they had email correspondence with Ms. Brandman and participated in several cultural activities with the help of […continue]

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Adopt a Survivor Project

This grant provided funds for a local Holocaust speaker and child survivor of the Holocaust, Mr. Henry Golde, to come to the New London school district. Students in Ms. Menning’s class began by sharing their current Holocaust work and inquiry studies and then introduced Mr. Golde to an audience that included bilingual students, Culture Club […continue]

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What Matters: Connecting Meaningful Literature to the Content Areas

This grant paid for a set of curriculum materials and experiences that would help pre-service teachers bring meaningful literacy experiences to their content-area teaching. Participants included 64 education, 4-8, and ESL certification seekers in the education program at the University of North Texas. The work focused primarily on the Holocaust, but participants selected one of […continue]

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