Dragomir Dachev: Teaching Students to Raise Their Voices against Local Prejudice

When he began teaching four years ago, Dragomir Dachev had only a rudimentary grasp of Holocaust history. He had studied it on a basic level in secondary school and then again in university, and had also read about it on his own and watched several films that touched on related themes. But as a teacher […continue]

Sonya Krancheva: Teaching Memory of the Holocaust Has Big Impact on a Small Bulgarian Town

Sonya Krancheva always knew that she would one day become a teacher. Inspired at a young age by her own history teacher, she envisioned herself in the classroom, not just sharing knowledge, but also mentoring, guiding, and kindling a love of learning in her students. For seventeen years and counting, she has done just that. […continue]

Diane Williams: Poetry and Performance in Community

Since Boise’s designation as a refugee hub almost ten years ago, Idaho’s capital has seen its refugee population grow exponentially. The new arrivals struggle to rebuild their lives in America, but for teenage refugees, the challenges of navigating adolescence in an unknown culture can be particularly daunting. “These students need a way to tell their […continue]

Margo Wixsom: Teaching Art for Change

Margo Wixsom, an art teacher at Palo Alto High School in California, was a participant in the Memorial Library’s 2011 Summer Seminar. The first art teacher accepted into the program, she brought a refreshing new perspective to the seminar’s collaborative study of the Holocaust. The experience continues to influence her pedagogical approach and to have […continue]

Sue Fletcher honored by Ohio Council of Teachers of English

Sue Fletcher is a professor at Hocking College, who participated in the 2009 Memorial Library Summer Seminar. Since her introduction to Memorial Library Holocaust Education, Sue has received Mini Grants, has led a successful Satellite Seminar for four years, and has developed her own Holocaust and war memorial research and field trip course for undergraduates. […continue]

Brenda Johnston wins 2nd Annual Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education

Brenda Johnston, teacher at Browning High School in Montana, participant in the 2009 Memorial Library Summer Seminar, teacher-leader in the Montana Writing Project (MWP), and a leader of the Montana Satellite Seminar, has been awarded the 2nd Annual Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education in honor of Teresa Veltkamp. Ms. Johnston, an enrolled member […continue]


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