Teachers Training

On April 29, 1994, the Florida Legislature mandated that instruction on the subject of the Holocaust be included in public schools. The language of the mandate reveals the intent of the Legislature.

Florida Statute # 1003.42

Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules and regulations of the state board and of the school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction the following:

The history of the Holocaust (1933-1945), the systematic, planned annihilation of European Jews and other groups by Nazi Germany, a watershed event in the history of humanity, to be taught in a manner that leads to an investigation of human behavior, an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping, and an examination of what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions.”

Meeting the mandate’s requirements

This mandate did not include any requirement for specific training in order for teachers to be competent and comfortable in teaching this subject. However, the Florida Department of Education has created a Task Force and designated regional centers to provide teachers with the assistance they need in order to fulfill this educational directive.

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida was among the first institutions to take on this role. The Center provides teacher preparation through an annual Teachers Institute and monthly Teacher Forums.

  • Each month during the school year teachers have an opportunity to learn more about a specific Holocaust-related topic

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  • Each year the Center sponsors a comprehensive, multi-day Professional Learning experience preparing educators to teach about the Holocaust in ways that are effective and respectful

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The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida · 851 N Maitland Ave · Maitland, FL 32751 · Phone: 407-628-0555 · info@holocaustedu.org