- Monday | June 22, 2015 to Thursday | June 25, 2015
- 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- DePaul University Schmitt Academic Center (SAC). 2320 N Kenmore Ave.
In this year’s Summer Institute, the content focus comes from Facing History and Ourselves’ “The Holocaust and Human Behavior,” one of the organization’s core resources. Participants will study a history shaped by hatred, indifference and denial, as well as compelling examples of caring, compassion and responsibility. By examining the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups, participants will investigate the complexities of human behavior and consider how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today. By understanding the dynamics of group membership—both the dangers, such as blind obedience to authority, and the benefits, such as communities which foster courage and resilience—participants will discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies that allow students to understand multiple perspectives; develop their critical thinking, historical and literacy skills; and strengthen their moral decision-making and civic engagement. We have found the concepts and pedagogy of our Summer Institutes to be useful and applicable to all levels and curriculum areas.
The institute, which is free for the first 50 in-service educators who register, provides 21 hours of professional development.
(Note: As a general rule, we try to make this opportunity available primarily to educators who have not participated in previous Summer Institutes.)
Evening Speaker Event, June 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
For our evening event, we will have a Holocaust survivor speak to the public about their experience. This event is free and open to the public.