The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission offers live workshops that provide training to educators on best practices. Since 2016, workshops have been held in each of the state’s 20 Education Service Center (ESC) regions. All workshops are free to Texas educators.
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is providing the following live workshops:
About the Berkowitz Institute
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission’s inaugural Berkowitz
Institute provides advanced training in Holocaust and genocide education
to a select group of Texas educators (teachers, curriculum specialists,
and librarians) who serve grades 6 through 12 in any subject where the
Holocaust and/or genocides are taught. Successful applicants will have
demonstrated commitment, proficiency, and effectiveness in teaching
about the Holocaust and/or genocides.
Participants in this interdisciplinary institute will have the
opportunity to learn from top scholars in the field, survivors, and
staff members of relevant organizations and museums. Sessions will
employ multimedia resources and meaningful discussions, focusing on
history, memory/representation, Texas connections, and best practices in
the classroom. Practical applications for lessons will be prioritized.
The Berkowitz Institute confers professional development hours in Social Studies and English Language Arts. Upon
completion of the course, each participant will hold the title of Peter
N. Berkowitz Teaching Fellow, will be called upon to serve as a THGC
liaison to their campus and community, and will be part of an emerging
network of Texas leaders in Holocaust and genocide education.
Date, Time & Location
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Peter N.
Berkowitz Institute will not take place as scheduled during July
7-9, 2020. The Institute is now scheduled to take place during the summer
Travel, meals, and lodging are covered for participants, who will also receive free teaching materials.
The application for the 2021 Berkowitz Institute will be posted later this year.
“The World Will Turn Right-Side Up One Day”: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Teaching about Holocaust and Genocides
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) will cofacilitate this free, two-day, live workshop for educators of grades 6-12. The program will introduce TEKS that pertain to the Holocaust and genocides; provide an overview of vocabularies and histories; explore contemporary issues and best-practice guidelines in historiography, literary/artistic representation, and pedagogical approaches; and model the use of a variety of resources, including those that highlight Texas and Hispanic connections to the Holocaust and genocides.
Attendance confers professional development hours in ELAR or Social Studies, though educators in any discipline are invited to attend. Classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, and librarians are welcome.
Complementary lunch and teaching resources, including Spanish language ones, will be provided.