Teacher Training

Teacher Training

The Holocaust was an event that, to this day, is difficult to understand, interpret and teach. Middle and high school students often struggle to relate to the topic, because they are so far removed from it. The Holocaust Center strives to transform the traditional model of lecture-based Holocaust education into an interactive learning experience.

On June 26, 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed a Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill into Pennsylvania state law. Act 70 of 2014 strongly recommends that schools include content about the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights in the curriculum for grades six through 12. The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is the region’s primary resource for Holocaust education and Act 70 training.

If you are a teacher who wants to learn more about the Holocaust and earn Act 48 credits, join us at our upcoming teacher trainings!

    • Debórah Dwork: Thursday, December 7; 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Holocaust Center (826 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15217)

Dr. Dwork is Professor of Holocaust History and former Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University and currently serves as Scholar-in-Residence at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

      • Part I: “To Whom Did They Belong: Hidden Children after the Holocaust” Training will begin with a presentation by Dr. Debórah Dwork about the history of hidden children after the war.
      • Part II: “Teaching Holocaust History in 2017-2018.” Participants will break up into small groups to discuss strategies for teaching challenging current topics.

Act 48 credit is available; cost to attend is $10 for no credit, or $25 with credit.
Contact Christina Sahovey with questions (csahovey@hcpgh.org).  

  • Esther Raizen: Sunday, February 25; 1:00-3:30 pm. Details and registration TBA
  • March 1; Day-long training at IU on teaching the Holocaust through the arts. Details and registration TBA
  • Summer Teacher Institute – July 16-20, 2018