Cultural Crossroads: The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in The Classroom

Date: June 25-29, 2018
Location: San Diego, California

Cultural Crossroads: 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 Man, New Americans Museum and other site visits. 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.

Applications for 2018 are now open!





Have questions about this program? Email Michelle Sadrena Clark


  • Michelle Sadrena Clark

    Michelle Sadrena Clark is the Project Co-director of the Deeper Learning Hub, a national practitioner hub whose mission is to spread deeper learning practices and ensure that more students across the country are achieving deeper learning outcomes. She is co-leading the Share Your Learning Campaign which aims to spread student-centered practices (exhibitions, student led conferences, and presentations of learning) to 5 million students by 2020. She also works for the Center for Research on Equity and Innovation at High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education as Coordinator of High Tech High submissions to Education Week’s Learning Deeply blog, lead planner and facilitator of the annual Equity Deep Dive, and a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Coach. 

    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.


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact

TOLI is located at 58 East 79th Street in Manhattan. (get directions)