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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

THGC Berkowitz Institute

The 2020 Peter N. Berkowitz Institute has been postponed until Summer 2021

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.

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 of 2021. Attendance at the workshop is free for accepted participants, who will also receive free teaching materials. Travel, meals, and lodging are also covered.

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