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    Teacher Workshops

    Gather in person and online with colleagues from around the state to attend the Wassmuth Center’s workshops for educators.  Designed to immerse participants in topics and themes relevant to classroom teaching and learning, these workshops provide opportunities to explore the Center’s programming and resources while focusing on the stories that enrich understanding.

    Past Workshops

    Wassmuth Center’s Human Rights Education Conference

    Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9am – 4:30pm at Boise State University 

    The Wassmuth Center’s Human Rights Education Conference: Cultivating Compassionate Communities took place on Saturday, October 21 at Boise State University. Educators are joined to collectively deepen their understanding of polarization and develop strategies and skills to foster compassionate communities where we can all belong and thrive. In addition to workshops facilitated by Braver Angels, Narrative 4, One Stone, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, Boise State Writing Project, and the Wassmuth Center, the conference featured former neo-Nazi Tony McAleer and director Peter Hutchison. They engaged participants in their film and educational program The Cure For Hate: Bearing Witness to Auschwitz

    Thank you to the Boise State University School of Public Service, the Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative, and the Boise State Writing Project for sponsoring this year’s conference!


    It Starts with Words: Teaching the Holocaust to Combat Hate

    Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 8am – 5pm at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls

    How do we help students understand that antisemitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust? What do students need to know in order to recognize antisemitism today and to stand up to antisemitism and other forms of hate? The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in partnership with the Idaho Humanities Council and Echoes & Reflections invite you to learn about the Holocaust and contemporary connections to understanding and countering hate. This professional development opportunity will provide educators with classroom-ready materials and instructional strategies to teach about the Holocaust in a meaningful way.  We will focus on fundamental, thematic, and focused areas of study applicable to a range of curricular school subjects.



    “We must cultivate student interest in applying the human rights perspective gained from these stories to their personal lives, schools, and communities. We must encourage students to utilize the skills they already possess for effective action (whether they recognize these skills in themselves). And, we must help them find resources for doing so. Fortunately, we don’t have to look further than the amazing programming of the Wassmuth Center.”
    Ben Harris, 2019 Idaho Human Rights Educator-of-the-Year, Bishop Kelly High School.