Kasia Laziuk: Keeping Jewish Memory Alive in Poland

When she was growing up, Katarzyna Laziuk knew little about the Jewish history of Mińsk Mazowiecki, the small Polish city east of Warsaw. But as a teacher, Kasia, as everyone calls her, has been in the forefront of documenting and presenting the city’s Jewish heritage. And to educate about the Holocaust, which brought to an […continue]

Scott Lone: Expanding Holocaust Education in Wisconsin

Scott Lone, a Wisconsin teacher at West Bend East High School in West Bend, Wisconsin, has been teaching the Holocaust for 23 years. In 2014, Scott attended the NY Summer Seminar: “It was the best professional development I’ve ever had in 23 years of teaching. It unfolded all kinds of other opportunities that I never […continue]

Bettina Pope: Creating Change Agents Through Holocaust Education

Creating Change Agents Through Holocaust Education Bettina Pope, a teacher in Wake Forest, NC and TOLI alumnae, sees the impact of her teaching the Holocaust has in today’s anti-racism movement.  “I believe in creating change agents,” says Bettina Pope, a teacher in Wake Forest, NC., about  her students. And has long felt that her work […continue]

Laron Johnson: Building Community Through Holocaust Education

For Idaho educator Laron Johnson, the 2018 New York City seminar, followed by the 2019 seminar in Billings, Montana, provided not only professional development but a way to build community: “Holocaust education is not required in this state, yet we have so many schools that have developed excellent programs in human rights education.  I am […continue]

Marzena Wolschlaeger: “In the beginning was a Word …”

Inspired by the 2018 TOLI seminar in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Marzena Wolschlaeger, a History and Social Studies teacher in Bydgoszcz developed the powerful “In the beginning was a Word …” project together with Danuta Kopińska- Kołowacikin to show students how intolerance and discrimination are spread in their schools. “It began with words, then turned to actions […continue]

Jennifer Rodgers: Embracing Tough Conversations

It was in August, 2017, when the “Unite the Right” rally brought White supremacists and neo-Nazis to a violent confrontation  in  Charlottesville, Va. that Jennifer Rodgers,  a US and Comparative Government and Politics, International Relations, and Global Social Issues teacher at Dominion High School in Virginia,  felt that she had to do something.  “I became […continue]


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