Lessons from the Past: Understanding the Holocaust and Human Rights Violations

Date: August 1-5, 2023
Location: Portland, Oregon

Applications for the 2023 seminar are now open!

This intensive professional development seminar, offered by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), will provide educators with the opportunity to expand their awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, historic and more recent genocides, and human rights violations. Teachers will evaluate history, looking closely at world-changing decisions made at key moments in time. They will collaborate to develop classroom strategies to help their students understand how the past affects the present, find their voice in speaking out for social justice, and envision the wide-reaching impact of their future choices. Participants will also explore ways to integrate instruction on racial and ethnic discrimination in Oregon, specifically within the context of the Native American experience, and will learn strategies for how to address the Holocaust and Genocide, Tribal History/Shared History, and Ethnic Studies mandates here in Oregon. In addition, the seminar offers an orientation on general Jewish history and culture, and the specific Jewish experience in Oregon.

Further details:

  • Books and materials provided
  • Meals: Breakfasts, lunches, and one dinner provided
  • Field experiences: Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Congregation Beth Israel
  • Out-of-town participants: Housing provided for first 5 confirmed

Click here to apply!

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    Carrie McCallum is an English/Language Arts teacher at St. Helens High School in St. Helens, Oregon. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Southern Oregon University, as well as a master’s certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Georgetown University’s Program for Jewish Civilization. Carrie has taught the Holocaust since 2003, adding an elective on Holocaust and Genocide Literature in 2011. An Alfred Lerner fellow, a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow, and a Cohen Center fellow, she has also attended multiple Holocaust education programs, including the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program, the Jan Karski Institute, and the Rafael Schachter Institute. Carrie attended TOLI’s New York City Summer Seminar in 2009.


    Jeremy began his teaching career in 2006 and since then has worked with various marginalized populations in schools.  He began teaching at a small alternative school for students in drug and alcohol treatment, while also coordinating the district credit recovery program in St. Helens.  He also worked with incarcerated youth and those entering foster care in Hillsboro School District.  Jeremy spent many years as a short and long-term substitute, working primarily in schools and positions that were difficult to find full-time staff for, especially in Portland Public Schools.  Jeremy earned his BA in History and philosophy from the University of Oregon and his Masters degree from Lewis & Clark College in Secondary Social Studies.  Jeremy has worked to create and implement curriculum for Tribal History/Shared History in advance of the mandate implementation in Oregon.  Jeremy attended the TOLI satellite seminar in Portland, OR in 2019.  Jeremy is currently working as a math teacher at St. Helens High School in St. Helens, Oregon.


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