Annual Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies Teacher Symposium
Carolina Simon started teaching over 20 years ago. She has taught a variety of subjects including Language Arts, History, Humanities, and more. Having a masters degree in the Humanities, she naturally was drawn to the synergy found between the subjects she taught and saw how teaching in an interdisciplinary manner enhanced her students' experiences and knowledge retention.
As a Holocaust education expert for grades 6-12, Carolina Simon has personally participated in many nationally recognized teacher training workshops and consistently was confronted with the reality that her colleagues lack of intense Holocaust knowledge left them at a loss. Holocaust trainings were geared towards one of two categories - those with graduate degrees in the subject who did not need any foundational support of logical connections made between basics and the higher order topic discussed; or entirely for teachers of college bound upper class men in high school or college students who did not need foundational or age-appropriate transitions.
Having a deep understanding and respect of the subject as well as compassion for her fellow teachers being required to teach a topic seldom made truly accessible for all secondary grade levels via trainings, Carolina Simon has created the Annual Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies teacher Symposium. It is for teachers by teachers and provides a space where teachers can both get and give applicable training in Holocaust studies for the Language Arts, History and Art classrooms in grades 6-12.
Carolina Simon strongly believes that the future of Holocaust education entirely rests on the relationships built between academia and the secondary classroom. Therefore, the symposium is open to all educators in either educational institution.
The Annual Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies Teacher Symposium is a 3 day intense teacher created teacher led professional development symposium where the participants gain priceless knowledge pertaining to the complex history of the Holocaust, 2000 years of antisemitism in Europe, the roles of imperialism, colonialism, nationalism, economics, and democracy on the sociopolitical changes in Europe and how individuals were affected by these changes. At the core of it all are raw historical facts, 100% applicable meaningful age appropriate lessons, and the support of interdisciplinary team teaching.
The symposium is a Zachor Shoah event. As such the symposium seeks to put substance over style. It is not enough to say we did something, we must actually achieve it. It is far more important to us to create a strong robust community of professional educators focused on bringing the respect and academic validity to the subject that it deserves than to have thousands of participants in one year. We seek to inspire, inform, and involve amazing English, History, and Art educators in grades 6-12 and provide the foundations for a scholarly community among secondary school educators centered around Interdisciplinary Holocaust Studies.
Are you an exceptional teacher in your subject area of English (6-12), History/Social Studies (6-12), or Art (6-12) and want to learn how to better teacher the Holocaust through interdisciplinary team teaching? Or do you want to improve and grow on what you are already doing? Then this symposium is for you.
If you are an award winning Holocaust educator having received recognition for your work in the classroom in grades 6-12, we encourage you to apply to be a presenter at the symposium by going to the Call for Papers section of this site.
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
*Pre-Conference Welcome Dinner
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Opening Remarks and Session I: Foundations to an effective Interdisciplinary Holocaust & Human Rights program
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Key Note Speaker
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Session II: Historical Foundation for all teachers
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Session III: Subject specific break out sessions
4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
General Session: Documentary viewing
7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Day 2 General Session: creating a school-wide program
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Day 2 Session I: Subject specific break out session
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Day 2 Session III: School team specific break out session
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Afternoon Tea with Survivors
4:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Day 2: General Session TBD
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
*Dinner & a Movie
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM (overnight)
Closing Statements & Farewell Brunch
Date: September 2022
Location: Atlanta Georgia
Limited number of 30 in person spaces available.
*Early Individual Registration Rate: starting at $240
* Early Group Registration Rate (3 teachers from one school): starting at $610
Early Registration ends Jan. 28 2022 - register early and save 40%-45%!
** packages include attendance at all workshops, lectures, and key note speaker events. Coffee, Tea, & Light refreshments provided throughout the day as well as welcome swag bag with materials required for the event and books etc provided by our sponsors, welcome dinner and more!
Does not include transportation/ airfare or hotel accommodations.
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We currently do not have specific information regarding accommodations for our of town teachers. Please check back soon.