Professional Development

Teaching Legislation

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.

Our educational programs are provided in part by a generous donation in memory of Norman Wall.

Summer Teachers’ Institute

June 3 – June 7, 2019

Every June, the Holocaust Center hosts a institute on Holocaust Education. Teachers at every grade level, and in every discipline, are invited to participate in this multi-day institute designed to assist them in incorporating Holocaust Education in their class as required by Florida Statutes Chapter 1003.42. Lectures, films, printed material and survivor testimony will guide you through the Nazi era and help identify many of the things that allowed the Holocaust to happen.

Teachers can earn up to 40 hours of professional development credits. The institute encourages thoughtful discussion on how to help children understand the importance of tolerance, good citizenship, and nurturing democratic values.

Topics this year are as follows:

June 3-5, 2019 – “Using the History and Lessons of the Holocaust to Build Empathy and Respect

A three-day workshop (June 3 – 5) will focus on strategies teachers can use to help students develop the personal and civic virtues that are necessary to maintain a society based on human rights and democratic values. Key turning points in the Nazi era will be explored to highlight the ongoing relevance of Holocaust history. Sessions will highlight the contrast between Nazi policies based on racism and exclusion with a vision of a community characterized by inclusion and appreciation of diversity.

June 6-7, 2019 – “What Does the Holocaust Era Teach Us About Antisemitism Today?”

A two-day workshop (June 6-7) will focus on the prominence of antisemitism in the world today. Hatred of Jews is one of the oldest forms of prejudice in Western culture. It has appeared in different forms and in diverse places over the past two thousand years. The Nazi movement shaped and used this age-old prejudice in pursuit of their social, economic, and political goals. Sessions will focus on lessons that can be applied from the Holocaust era to the challenges presented by antisemitism today.

Register for the Teacher’s Institute.

Teacher Forums

The Teacher Forums to connect the dots between the past and present while illuminating key influences from history on our times. Drawing upon lessons from the Holocaust and the World War II era, participants will explore the context that history provides to the modern world.

These monthly Education Forums are dedicated to a topic chosen by the Resource Teacher.  Recent forum topics include; Josef Mengele: The Making of the “Angel of Death”, The Nuremberg Trials and Beyond: The Elusive Search for Justice, and Using Political Cartoons to Teach about Human and Civil Rights. Teachers can earn professional development credits for attending and the forums are also free and open to the community.

View upcoming Education Forums.

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.

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.”

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