Free workshop aims to give educators insight on teaching students about Holocaust

By Raquel Talamantes

Current and future educators will learn about how to best present historical information about the Holocaust to their students at the UNT College of Education’s “Echoes and Reflections: Leaders in Holocaust Education” workshop.

The event, set for Nov. 4 at UNT’s Willis Library, is particularly designed for pre-service and certified middle school and high school teachers who teach topics about the Holocaust, but it is open to the public. The workshop is free, thanks to support received through a UNT Office for Faculty Success Mentoring Grant.

The event was coordinated by Ursula Schwarz, associate project director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). She reached out to COE Librarian Jo Monahan, who then contacted Educational Psychology Professor Rebecca Glover to collaborate on the event.

“The COE was given this opportunity by complete chance,” Monahan said.

According to Glover, the workshop will feature speaker Kim Klett, a teacher of A.P. English Literature and Composition and Holocaust Literature at Dobson High School in Meza, Ariz., and a member of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).

“Attendees will be provided a curriculum book with lesson plans and access to a variety of online resources designed to develop best practices for teaching about the Holocaust,” Glover said. “Jo was glad to see the speaker will have both primary and secondary resources for the attendees. The curriculum and resources also provide educators with tools that give guidance regarding individual responsibility in a diverse society and to maintain respect for others’ differences.”

The goal of the workshop is for participants to gain knowledge and skills about how to discuss Holocaust information with students, as well as ways to enhance educators’ teaching skills on the topic. Glover and Monahan hope what attendees learn at the workshop will be taken back and taught in their classrooms.

“What a wonderful opportunity to have this training available to us, especially because of the politics of the world at this time,” Monahan said. “It’s amazing that we can have a conversation related to diversity and history despite all the terrible things that have happened, and we can give future teachers the education and training to deal with these topics in an appropriate manner.”

The event is set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Willis Library room 140. Participants must register at http://www.library.unt.edu/echoes before the event.