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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 dispositions.

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.

2020 Dr. Marilyn Howard Summer Institute for Idaho Educators

June 9, 10 and 11, 2020

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 12, 2020

9:00 – 10:30: Conclusion


$20 registration fee.

Limited to 45 participants; pre-registration required.

Optional two continuing education credits available from Boise State University.


Dan Haumschild, PhD

Dan Haumschild is the Director of Education at the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and teaches in the Department of Political Science at Cardinal Stritch University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His research examines the relationship between education and politics in communities recovering from mass violence.

Scottie Nash, EdD

Scotland Nash has worked in education and education support services for 20 years. She has had the role of high school social studies teacher, education director, instructional leader, adjunct professor, and consultant in the Chicago area and in Seattle. Currently, as the Director of Education for the ADL PNW region, she works with schools, districts and their community to learn about identity and diversity, to practice anti-bias strategies for communication, and act as allies for social justice.

Dan Prinzing, PhD

Dan Prinzing is the Executive Director at the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise, Idaho.   Builder and home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Center provides programs and resources designed to bring the Memorial’s message into classrooms and communities. Prior to the current position, he was the Idaho State Department of Education’s coordinator of civic and international education, the former SDE coordinator of social studies and curricular materials, and a language arts and history teacher in the Boise School District.