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Holocaust Educators Cohort

Tuesday evenings January 30 – March 19, 2024.
Online via Zoom, 6:30 – 8:00pm (Central Time Zone) 
Continuing Education Credits Available

Understanding how and why the Holocaust happened

Truth and historical facts have come under siege both nationally and globally recently. Now, more than ever, teaching history must be anchored in primary sources that provide documented truth and evidence of historical events such as the Holocaust.

Join The Cohort

This is your new text block with first paragraph.Teachers are overwhelmed in the classroom and don’t have time to curate lessons that utilize primary sources, so we have done it for you! Lessons that are rich in primary sources help to bring stories alive through the words, photos, documents, and artifacts of the individual, while teaching students important skills such as critical thinking, historical inquiry.

“I have learned more through this class than any other resource I have read or class I have taken. The depth and knowledge in these lessons is phenomenal.”

Cohort participants will receive nine curated primary source packets with Google Slide decks for teacher instruction, student handouts, and worksheets.

The program includes the following class topics:

  • Jan. 30:  Judaism and Diversity of Jewish Life 
  • Feb. 6:  Antisemitism
  • Feb. 13:  Rise of Nazism
  • Feb. 20:  The Power of Propaganda
  • Feb. 27 :  Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust
  • March 5:  Challenges of Escape
  • March 12:  Wannsee Conference and “The Final Solution”
  • March 19:  Rescue & Resistance/ Aftermath of WWII and the Holocaust

Cohort participant benefits include:

  • Teaches educators Holocaust history and antisemitism (no matter how long you have been teaching this subject)
  • Provides ready to use lessons for a nine-week unit; thorough but adaptable
  • Students will use historical evidence to analyze and draw conclusions about how and why past events transpired
  • Lessons align with new Minnesota Social Studies Standards
  • Learn from credible national experts
  • Be a part of a national educator cohort
  • Earn continuing education unit (CEUs) 

These resources are generously supported by the Minnesota Vikings.

Meet Our Nationally Recognized Experts

Laura Zelle
Director of Holocaust Education, Jewish Community Relations Council of MN and the Dakotas (JCRC)

Laura is director of Tolerance MN and Holocaust Education at JCRC where she has been on staff since 2005. Laura oversees programming including writing grants and delivering curriculum, educator workshops, speakers, and film showings. She has been responsible for the vision and creation of numerous educational resources. Tolerance Minnesota was awarded the 2018 “Presidents’ Community Partner Award” from Normandale Community College.

Kristin Thompson  
Founding Director,  Humanus Network, Holocaust and Human Rights Education Consulting

Kristin is currently the founding director of Humanus Network. Previously, she was a classroom history teacher (19-yrs) in MN and Education Program Coordinator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. (5 1/2 yrs) where her primary task was training teachers in Holocaust education.

Please contact Laura Zelle with any questions.

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Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas

4330 Cedar Lake Road S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416