A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education
This seminar, sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), is designed for teachers who seek to deepen their content knowledge about the Holocaust and explore best practices in Holocaust education. Participants will assume the roles of both learner and teacher as they explore the lessons of the Holocaust, acquiring multiple strategies and a variety of resources to take back to their classrooms. Formal study will include an in-depth examination of a nationally renowned Holocaust curriculum. Educators will also have the opportunity to hear presentations by experts in Jewish history and the first-person testimony of a Holocaust survivor. They will write reflectively, using The National Writing Project model, with time dedicated to the creation of written pieces that reflect their individual journeys and their thinking about the Holocaust. The majority of the sessions will take place at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. There will be field visits to the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois and a local synagogue.
Scott Lone, a public school teacher for 20 years, currently teaches at West Bend East High School. He has included Holocaust and social justice education in his classroom throughout his career, but began to focus on engaging his students in Holocaust research seven years ago. Scott is a 2014 Memorial Library Fellow, and has also completed the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher Program (HAJRTP). He traveled to Israel to study at Yad Vashem and has spent time in Poland and Germany, visiting Holocaust memorial sites and walking the sacred grounds of concentration and death camps. Scott is a past recipient of Wisconsin’s GSA for Safe Schools Educator of the Year Award.
Lori Menning has been teaching ELL/Bilingual education for 15 years at New London High School, where she also serves as the District ELL/Bilingual Coordinator. Lori is a 2011 Memorial Library Fellow and a past participant in the Charlotte and Jacques Wolf Educators’ Conference on Echoes and Reflections. Lori has extensive experience teaching lessons and leading projects that focus on social justice and Holocaust education. She and her students recently participated in the national Adopt a Survivor program, and continue the relationship they established with a local Holocaust survivor. Lori offers workshops and presentations at regional, state and national conferences, teaching best practices and strategies for working with English Language Learners.