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!

Teaching the Holocaust Through Theater

Friday, March 6, 2020, 9AM-3PM

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (475 E Waterfront Dr, Homestead, PA 15120)

In this training, educators from Prime Stage Theater discuss principles of theatre, going into specific examples of Holocaust content and how these principles can be applied to interpreting and understanding the stories. Trainings will complement Prime Stage’s 2019-2020 season and will include content about the Holocaust, connecting with plays The Scarlet Letter, The Outsiders, and Mockingbird. $40 with Act 48 credit; $25 without.

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Teaching About Resistance: A Training by Jewish Partisan Education Foundation (JPEF)

Monday, March 23, 2020, 8:30am-3:30pm

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (475 E Waterfront Dr, Homestead, PA 15120)

Approximately 30,000 Jews throughout Europe–many of them teens–fought back during the Holocaust as Jewish Partisans. JPEF develops and distributes educational materials about the Jewish partisans and their life lessons, bringing the celebration of heroic resistance against tyranny into educational and cultural organizations.

The day will include Intro to Partisans, Tactics of Resistance, and a classroom activity based around a film. Participants will be required to complete the hour-long online module “Resistance Basics” prior to the meeting. 5.5 hours of Act 48 credit are available. Register now!


Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
Summer Teacher’s Institute with Facing History and Ourselves

July 13-17, 2020

Allegheny Intermediate Unit (475 E Waterfront Dr, Homestead, PA 15120)

This year’s Summer Teachers’ Institute will be led by Facing History and Ourselves! This year’s Seminar will utilize Facing History resources to help teachers put together lesson plans that allow students to wrestle with moral questions while fostering a sense of ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement. Registration and details coming soon.