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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leticia Hartnett, a teacher at High Frontier School in Fort Davis, Texas, attended the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s fourteenth annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators from June 27—29. Hartnett was one of more than 175 secondary educators from around the country who participated in the three-day workshop.
The conference is part of the Museum’s ongoing effort to equip educators nationwide with the knowledge and skills to effectively bring Holocaust education into their classrooms. Every year, the Museum trains hundreds of teachers through training programs held in Washington, D.C. and around the country.
“In the face of rising antisemitism and Holocaust denial, educating students about this history is increasingly urgent,” says Peter Fredlake, Director of Museum National Outreach for Teacher Initiatives. “As the global leader in Holocaust education, the Museum works to ensure teachers have the training and resources they need to introduce their students to this important and complex history and show them how its lessons remain relevant to all citizens.”
Conference participants represent a variety of disciplines—including history, English, library science and more—and work with Museum educators and Holocaust scholars to enhance both their historical knowledge of the Holocaust and explore successful practices that engage students in this history.
The Museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust by providing training and support materials to secondary educators of all levels of experience nationwide. Teachers with five or more years experience in Holocaust education may participate in the Belfer Next Step Conference held every two years, or the intensive, five-day Museum Teacher Fellowship program held each summer. In addition, the Museum’s Regional Education Corps is a dedicated and growing team of 31 advanced Holocaust educators who provide other teachers around the country with the tools to teach the Holocaust effectively.
The Museum’s website, www.ushmm.org, provides resources at no cost to educators, including a range of online training modules, exemplary lesson plans, and extensive historical information about the Holocaust.
The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators is funded in part by the Belfer Foundation of New York City. For more information about the conference or to arrange an interview with one of this year’s participants or organizers, please contact Jackie Berkowitz in the Museum’s Media Relations Department at (202) 488-2637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by the generosity of donors nationwide. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.