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    Dr. Marilyn Howard Summer Institute for Idaho Educators

    Marilyn Howard

    Education propelled Marilyn Howard from Mackay to head of the class in Idaho’s education system. She points to two core pillars that supported her: reading and social responsibility.

    “I was known as a ‘reading person,’ that was my calling card,” Howard said. “I was taught to believe you had to be smart, but also be good. Understand your civic responsibility and be a good community member.”

    Howard, retired after two terms as Idaho superintendent of public instruction (1999-2007) and a stint with the U.S. Department of Education, and served on multiple boards. Two — Garden City’s Learning Lab and Boise’s Wassmuth Center for Human Rights — speak to her core pillars.

    (Taken from the spring 2019 issue of Here We Have Idaho)

    “My experience with the Wassmuth Center has been incredible.  Attending workshops and taking field trips to the Anne Frank Memorial has increased my knowledge of the Holocaust and human rights. It has also connected me with both new resources to use in my classroom and with many educators throughout Idaho who share the same passion for human rights education. This has had a direct impact in my classroom and on my students.”

    – Devon Barker Hicks, Meadows Valley School District

    Be inspired this summer!  Participate in the Center’s annual Summer Institute for Idaho Educators.  The online institute gathers a community of educators from across the state, from across the disciplines, and from across the grade levels for an exciting exploration of human rights, social justice, and civic responsibility.

    Through interactive sessions with scholars and professionals in the field, you’ll gain skills and comfort in making interdisciplinary connections, fostering critical thinking, initiating crucial conversations, and developing lesson ideas you can immediately put to use in your classroom.

    2021 Dr. Marilyn Howard Summer Institute for Idaho Educators

    Schedule: “Lessons From the Past to Protect the Future”
    June 22, 23, and 24, 2021

    9:00 a.m. Online Introduction for the day with short journal writing

    9:30 – 11:00: Online Presenter

    11:00 – 11:30: Q and A with Speaker

    11:30-11:45: Assignment to complete offline

    1:30 – 2:30: Reconvene online to debrief

    2:30-2:45: Assignment to complete offline

    June 25, 2021

    9:00 – 10:30: Conclusion

    $20 registration fee.

    Limited to 45 participants; pre-registration required.

    Optional one continuing education credit available from Boise State University.


    Leon R., a Holocaust survivor born in Romania, was 10-years-old when the Nazis invaded. Leon is a member of the JFCS Holocaust Center’s William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau based in San Francisco, CA. Educators will then be given the unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Leon and learn how to incorporate virtual survivor testimony into lessons on the Holocaust.

    Scotland ‘Scottie’ Nash, Director of Education from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Pacific Northwest, speaks about the various threats we face today, and the best practices in responding to the rising hate and intolerance in our own communities and campuses.

    Dr. Michael Berenbaum, world renowned Holocaust scholar, author, and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles, CA, will speak on the third full day of the Institute, discussing the future – the lessons we cannot continue to ignore, the danger of an inability to learn from the past, and what we must bring with us as we move forward in pursuit of justice and equality for all.

    Leslie White, Wassmuth Center for Human Rights Education Specialist, will offer a debrief and suggestions on how to use the Wassmuth Center and Anne Frank Memorial as an extension of your classroom.