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Summer Institute “The Power of Words”

June 11 - June 13


Dr. Marilyn Howard Summer Institute for Idaho Educators

Hosted by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Partnership with Echoes and Reflections

“The Power of Words”

“By meaningfully supporting Holocaust education, we can do our part in reducing ongoing anti-Semitism, eliminating neo-Nazism and increasing respect for diversity.”

The Globe and Mail. “To combat Holocaust ignorance, we must empower teachers.” January 24, 2019.

Attend the full three-day institute, registration $40, lunch provided each day (optional two continuing education credits available from Boise State University; additional registration and fee required)

Tuesday, June 11:

9 AM – 12 PM

About Echoes & Reflections and Pedagogical Principals for Effective Holocaust Instruction

Focus on Unit 1: An Introduction to Primary Sources as an Essential Tool for Holocaust Education

This session introduces participants to the Echoes & Reflections approach to Holocaust education. Participants will begin to engage with primary sources found in Echoes & Reflections – photographs, historical documents, letters, and visual history testimony – in small- and large-group discussions.

1 PM – 4 PM

The Rise of Antisemitism and Antisemitism Today

Teacher Collaboration – Bringing the Day into the Classroom

This session will focus on Unit 2: Antisemitism and Unit 11: Contemporary Antisemitism, and allow participants to engage deeply with the testimony from Holocaust survivors who were deeply affected by antisemitic actions and words during the 1930s. Participants will also learn about antisemitism today through profiles of young activists who used their own words to stand up to antisemitism in their own schools and communities. To close the day, participants will spend 30-60 minutes in small groups discussing classroom applications for what they learned during day one and present to the group.


Wednesday, June 12:

9 AM – 12 PM

Unit 2 Lesson Plan: Nazi Antisemitic Ideology and Propaganda

Unit 3: The Rise of Nazi Germany and Human Rights

During this session, participants will engage with artwork and photographs utilized by the Nazis to shape perceptions of the Jewish population in Germany. This session will also focus on anti-Jewish policy in the 1930s that removed human rights and needs from the Jewish population in Germany. The facilitator will introduce participants to IWitness, an interactive website from USC Shoah Foundation, that allows students to participate in digital activities and projects to gain a deeper understanding of a theme or an individual story.

1 PM – 4 PM

The Power of Personal Narratives

The Life and Legacy of Anne Frank

Teacher Collaboration – Bringing the Day into the Classroom

In honor of Anne Frank’s birthday, program participants will analyze personal narratives, including poetry and diaries, as a way to tell the individual story of the Holocaust. Participants will learn about Anne Frank’s life and legacy, and discover resources across multiple units in Echoes & Reflections to help illuminate and understand the events in Anne Frank’s life. To close the day, Participants will spend 30-60 minutes in small groups discussing classroom applications for what they learned during day two and present to the group.


Thursday, June 13:

9 AM – 1 PM

The Refugee Crisis: Connecting the Past with Today

The world is struggling with the largest refugee crisis since WWII. In order to encourage students to become engaged citizens in today’s world, it is critical that they have the language and background to engage with current events around the topics of refugees and asylum seekers. This session will help educators integrate the topic of refugees into their Holocaust instruction by making connections between the experiences of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and refugee experiences today. Participants will spend 30-60 minutes in small groups discussing classroom applications for what they learned during the day and present to the group.

1 PM – 2:30 PM

Tour and lunch in the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

2:30 PM – 4 PM

Teacher Collaboration – Bringing the Day into the Classroom


June 11
June 13
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Dan Prinzing


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