The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in The Classroom

Date: July 23 - July 29, 2017
Location: San Marcos, California

The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in the Classroom is a thematic seminar that will interweave content related to both the Holocaust and present-day experiences of intolerance and persecution. The seminar is inquiry-based, inviting teachers to acknowledge and incorporate the culture of their students into their curriculum and the broader classroom experience. The program takes a writing-based approach to mastering the pedagogy of teaching the Holocaust, with a special focus on social justice. Participants will hear from authors as well as a number of expert speakers from Facing History and Ourselves, Echoes and Reflections, and the USC Shoah Foundation. They will also have the opportunity to listen to the first-person testimony of a Holocaust survivor, attend a Shabbat service, and visit several cultural institutions, including The Museum of Tolerance and The Museum of Man. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) and the San Marcos Writing Project, the seminar is offered at no cost to teachers. Participants may earn three graduate credit units for a fee of $80 per credit.



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Have questions about this program? Email Michelle Sadrena Clark


  • Michelle Sadrena Clark

    Michelle Sadrena Clark is a 9th grade World Cultures, Geography, and Literature teacher at High Tech High North County in San Marcos, California, as well as a school transformation coach. She holds a master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. Michelle lived in Bisai, Japan for two years, where she taught English and American Culture at public junior high schools and engaged in performance dance and theater. After completing a Master Teacher Workshop at the USC Shoah Foundation, Michelle was hired as the consultant for the San Diego region. In January 2015, she travelled to Poland as a facilitator for the “Auschwitz: Past is Present” Professional Development Program commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Michelle is currently enrolled in the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of California, San Diego and California State University, San Marcos.

  • Jennifer Howard

    Jennifer Howard, a 22-year veteran of the classroom, received her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount and her master’s degree in American Studies from Pepperdine University. Nine years ago, she found her way to High Tech High North County (HTHNC), a project-based learning school in San Marcos, California. Jennifer has travelled around the globe, riding a camel to the pyramids in Egypt, climbing the Great Wall of China, and climbing a glacier in Iceland. She has participated in Holocaust, genocide, and human rights studies through Facing History and Ourselves and attended the Memorial Library New York City Summer Seminar in 2014. Jennifer has facilitated student learning at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, has visited the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and toured concentration camps and memorial sites in Poland and Germany. She piloted the USC Shoah Foundation “IWitness” curriculum in her classroom and is an active participant in USC Shoah Foundation workshops.


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