We are looking forward to a very busy and exciting 2018 here at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum full of programming, a new exhibition, and the Museum’s 25th anniversary. Of course, our educational programs and projects always benefit from the support of Museum Teacher Fellows. We also know that these are excellent networking and learning opportunities for you. So, if you need more experience in teacher training, writing, or facilitation, consider supporting the Museum by participating in some of these upcoming activities:

Conference for Holocaust Education Centers:
Applications are now being accepted for MTFs to be part of the Third Biannual Conference for Holocaust Education Centers (CHEC). The program will run May 22-25, 2018 at USHMM. Apply here.

Ten education staff members from Holocaust centers will attend. Each center will be paired with an MTF. Together they will work cooperatively with the Museum to continue to provide quality Holocaust education in U.S. secondary schools, build networks, and explore resources and content from the Museum and the Holocaust centers.

The Museum will cover travel, hotel, ground transportation while in Washington, DC, most meals, and per diem. The Museum will also pay a stipend for the work.  If you have questions, please contact Christina Chavarria directly. Cchavarria@ushmm.org

Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators:
The Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE) is designed to encourage teacher educators to use the history of the Holocaust as a model for teacher candidates; prepare teacher candidates to teach about the Holocaust in middle and secondary school (6-12) settings; use national and state content standards in teaching about the Holocaust; and consider the ethical implications for classroom teachers in teaching about the Holocaust.

The Institute is designed for teacher educators currently teaching content methods courses. The Institute explores the content, methods, and rationales for teaching about the Holocaust. By examining the Holocaust within teacher education, we have the opportunity to enrich the learning opportunities provided to P-12 children. The one-week institute includes sessions on teaching about the Holocaust in secondary methods classrooms, ethical implications of teaching about the Holocaust, uses of literature, primary sources, and technology in teaching about the Holocaust.

Each institution will be paired with an MTF. Together they will work cooperatively with the Museum to continue to prepare the next generation of educators to teach about the Holocaust through a project.

More information is forthcoming, including qualifications and duties. The Museum will cover travel, hotel, ground transportation while in Washington, DC, most meals, and per diem. USHMM will also pay a stipend for the work.

Contribute to the Newsletter:
This is a great way to network with each other! Interview another MTF about their experiences in Holocaust education. Then write an MTF Spotlight article based on your interview. Sharing experiences with the rest of the group is a great way to generate ideas and learn from and about one another.

We know you keep up with new research, literature, articles, etc. in Holocaust history and pedagogy. Well, don’t keep your ideas to yourself! Write a book review for the newsletter so other MTFs can share in your learning. You could even get feedback on your review from other MTFs before publishing it in a journal. Contact Kristin Thompson at kthompson@ushmm.org if you’d like to contribute, or fill out the form.

Book Club:
If you need the extra motivation to read the latest books, join the MTF Book Club. You’ll read a book and have a conversation over video conferencing platform, Zoom.  To join or facilitate a book club discussion, contact Kristin Thompson at kthompson@ushmm.org
or fill out the form.

2018 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators
Unfortunately, due to funding restrictions, we won’t be able to open up the application for MTF Facilitators this year. Four MTFs from Belfer 2017 will return in 2018 to facilitate. We hope to be able to open applications to facilitate the conference next year.
For questions about the Belfer Conference, please contact Cameron Walpole at cwalpole@ushmm.org.

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