We are looking forward to June 24, 2018, when we welcome thirty new Alfred Lerner Fellows. We will have three teachers from Poland and two from Croatia as well as teachers and Holocaust center staff from across the United States.
For those Alfred Lerner Fellows who used Voices & Views as the text when they attended the JFR Summer Institute for Teachers, if you have not already done so, you might want to consider obtaining a copy of How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader, edited and introduced by Professor Peter Hayes. How Was It Possible? is our featured book this month. You can purchase copies through Amazon.com.
At the 2017 Summer Institute for Teachers, the JFR taped a number of the lectures. This month we are posting Dr. Steven Field’s lecture. Click here to see his lecture. Dr. Field presented on chapter two of How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader – “Nazism in Power”. Dr. Field addressed “Medicine During the Third Reich”.
Maureen Carter, JFR Lerner Fellow 2004, shared the following news about two new courses.
The School District of Palm Beach County has announced that two new, year-long Holocaust education courses will be taught in two middle schools in Boca Raton, Florida. They are pilot programs that will be begin in the fall of 2018. Carolina Simon, JFR Lerner Fellow 2017, will teach the course at Loggers’ Run Middle School in Boca Raton and Bogdan Paraschioviou, JFR Lerner Fellow 2017, will teach a course through ELA at Omni Middle School. Both courses will be a year-long and will be adapted to teach the Holocaust in different ways.
Carolina Simon, at Loggers’ Run, will teach a pre-AP Geography course with the events leading up to 1933 and years 1933-1945. Students taking this course in the 8th grade will receive high school credit. Bogdan Paraschioviou, at Omni, will teach the Holocaust through literature and readings using the Florida Standards strategies. Both teachers are well educated in the Holocaust and being recent Lerner Fellows makes them qualified to teach these courses.
This initiative is ground-breaking for the public school system in Florida. These master teachers were nominated to attend the JFR’s Summer Institute for Teachers by our local Holocaust center, inSight Through Education. inSight Through Education’s Lerner Fellows are also forming an Advisory Board based on “How Was It Possible?” The board will meet bi-monthly and put into place a strategy for teaching other teachers how to teach the Holocaust. We thank inSight Through Education for their support of these master teachers and our efforts in Palm Beach County to teach the Holocaust.
We are set for our 2018 European Study Program to Germany and the Netherlands. Our group will number 15. Professor Peter Hayes, who is our scholar for the Study Program, has been working to arrange each of our visits. Readings have been sent and now we are waiting for July!
For those whose school years ends in May, we wish you a good end to the year and a great summer!
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