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2024 Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Teacher Training

August 6 @ 8:30 am - August 7 @ 4:00 pm


The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh 2024 Summer Teacher Training, held in partnership with Echoes & Reflection, is free of charge, and Act 48 credit hours will be available. It will be held in-person on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus, with courses led by Lynne Ravas, veteran educator, Generations Speaker, and Echoes & Reflections facilitator.

Both days will include vetted resources and ready-made lesson plans that teachers can use in their classrooms immediately. We will also discuss the Holocaust Center’s Generations Speaker Program and how it complements these lessons.

While we encourage you to attend both sessions, the option is available to register for only one of the two days. There will be free parking, and lunch will be provided. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. on each day.

Teacher Training Day 1 – Tuesday, August 6 from 9:00am-4:00pm (5 credit hours)

Antisemitism: Understanding and Countering this Hatred Today

It is critical for young people to understand the dangers of antisemitism today and the threat that it poses to both Jewish and non-Jewish populations. This program helps teachers to educate about antisemitism, examining its complexities from historic and contemporary perspectives. Educators gain strategies to help students respond to and counter antisemitism and forms of hate.

Dismantling Antisemitism Training with the Holocaust Center’s Noah Schoen

Who are Jewish people? What is antisemitism, and where does it come from? Why did the Holocaust happen? At the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, we teach about the Holocaust with the goal of helping people comprehend its root causes. Understanding antisemitism is a critical part of this work. Our training builds capacity for participants to understand what antisemitism is, how it affects Jewish and non-Jewish people, and what we can do about it.

Teacher Training Day 2 – Wednesday, August 7 from 9:00am-4:00pm (6 credit hours)

Foundations of Holocaust Education: Focus on the Weimar Republic

This program is designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge, capacity, and confidence to teach about the Holocaust with a specific focus on the Weimar Republic and the conditions that led to the Nazis being elected in 1932. Educators are introduced to pedagogical principles and explore classroom lessons, visual history testimonies and other resources that examine aspects of the history and its continued relevance today.

How We Remember: The Legacy of the Holocaust Today

How did the world respond when the reality of the Holocaust came to light? How can we learn from the international response to crimes against humanity in interpreting memory and history? During this program, educators examine the pursuit of justice at Nuremberg, the effect the trials had on how we understand the Holocaust, how survivors coped with the trauma to build new lives in the aftermath, and how we remember and memorialize the Holocaust today.

This program is generously supported by The Jack Sittsamer Holocaust Endowment Fund for Teacher Training.


Chatham University Shadyside Campus
1 Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232 United States
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