2010, No. 8

Education Department: 713-942-8000, ext.105

October 2010

JOIN THE HMH EDUCATOR DISCUSSION FORUMS

Holocaust Museum Houston hosts several online discussion groups for educators. These forums are divided into groups for elementary educators, middle school educators, high school educators, and college and university educators. 

Teachers can join the discussion forums by registering at www.hmh.org/ed_discussion_group.shtmlEach teacher must register by clicking the Register tab in the upper right corner of the page before being accepted into the forum. Participation in the forums will permit educators from across the country to share ideas, ask questions and discover new resources. 

Here are just a few of the threads currently open for these forums:

Elementary:

  • At what grade level / age group do you think the Holocaust should be introduced to elementary students?
  • What Holocaust-related resources are you using in your elementary classroom?

Middle School:

  • What are the top 3 resources you use for teaching the Holocaust and other genocides in middle school?
  • Should "Night" be taught in the middle school grades?

High School:

  • What opportunities / challenges are present as the Holocaust is taught in both the ELA and Social Studies classrooms?
  • What are the top three resources you use for teaching the Holocaust and other genocides in high school?

Sign up today and add your thoughts on these topics or start a new discussion entirely.

PLAN NOW TO JOIN HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON'S 2011 STUDY TRIP TO EUROPE

Holocaust Museum Houston will host an affordable, educational tour of Germany, Austria and The Netherlands next March for docents, volunteers and friends of the Museum. The tour runs from March 12 to March 24, 2011, but registration is required by Dec. 15, 2010.

The trip will focus on Western Europe and the narratives of Holocaust history and memory and will provide in-depth explorations of Holocaust history, suited to those interested in studying and experiencing authentic sites of the Holocaust era.
 
The trip will begin in the city where the Nazis rose to power, Munich, Germany. Participants will explore Munich’s history through its landscape, architecture and historic sites, learning the storied history of these structures and spaces. From Munich, participants will take a one-day excursion to Austria to visit Mauthausen and Salzburg and then return to Germany to continue explorations there before heading to The Netherlands.

Chaja Verveer – a child survivor, HMH Board member and commissioner of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission – will travel with the group, offering a very personal and unique experience to her fellow travellers.

The cost for the escorted motorcoach tour is $3,750 per person based on double occupancy. Insurance and airfare are additional.

For more information about the trip, download the trip itinerary at www.hmh.org under the “Education” tab or e-mail education@hmh.org.

"THE ART OF MEMORY: A TEACHER WORKSHOP ON HOLOCAUST MEMORY AND THE ARTS" SCHEDULED FOR THIS OCTOBER

Two major events that focus on memory and the arts in relation to the Holocaust will be occurring this November – the temporary exhibition, “Fragile Fragments” will open at Holocaust Museum Houston on Nov. 5 and on Nov. 23, the Houston Symphony will perform “Kaddish.” 

This one-day workshop, set for 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, will prepare teachers to undertake a study of the Holocaust and the memories of these events as they are transmitted through memorials, art and music. 

The morning session will feature Professor James Young, who will explore the development of memorials and art to commemorate the Holocaust. Young is professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he has taught since 1988, and currently the chair of the Department of Judiac and Near Eastern Studies.

The afternoon session will feature Lawrence Siegel, composer of “Kaddish” and Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, director of education at HMH, as they explore the significance of music in relating the experiences of the Holocaust. Siegel has been composer-in-residence at the Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference since 1999 and is also a nationally known performer of traditional music on piano and mandolin.

This workshop has been approved by the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT) for five hours towards the TAGT Awareness Certificate in “Creativity and Instructional Strategies.” Holocaust Museum Houston is a provider of continuing professional education (CPE) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whose provider number is 500499.

The $15 nonrefundable workshop fee covers workshop materials. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx by Oct. 20 to register online. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

Teachers who plan to discuss the "Kaddish" project or take students to see the performance, may also find resources for developing their own study of music in response to the Holocaust at http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/arts/music.htm.

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON RACE LAWS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE

Most teachers probably have had students question how the Holocaust is relevant to American history.

This interactive workshop, "The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Race Laws,” scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, will help educators answer that question as participants explore the racist ideologies that governed two different nations, albeit with different outcomes. In this session, teachers will analyze the laws used to identify and segregate minority populations, discuss the scope of these laws and compare results of the laws. The day will involve many stimulus-based discussions, lesson ideas, resource suggestions and discussions on how to implement the workshop’s content into existing plans and programs.

Holocaust Museum Houston is a provider of continuing professional education (CPE) approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) whose provider number is 500499.

The $15 nonrefundable workshop fee covers workshop materials. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online by Jan. 26, 2011. For more information, call 713-942-8000, ext. 105 or e-mail teachertraining@hmh.org.

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2011 YOM HASHOAH STATEWIDE ART, WRITING AND VIDEO CONTEST

In observance of Yom HaShoah, the annual Holocaust commemoration day, the Texas Coalition for Holocaust Education sponsors an annual statewide art, writing and video contest for middle and high school students in Texas. The 2011 theme is “Holocaust Literature -  Witness of the Past and Challenge for Today.” Visit the student section of the Museums Web site at www.hmh.org to download the contest guidelines.

WEB RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers an online Holocaust encyclopedia at http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/. The encyclopedia may be used by teachers and students alike. Through the search box, information can be located on most any topic related to the Holocaust. The encyclopedia is updated on a regular basis by the museum’s historians and articles contain links to further information. Many of the materials are available in multiple languages. 

 

GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!

The Houston Symphony and Holocaust Museum Houston present the heroic journey of Holocaust survivors whose personal testimony provides the text and framework for these engaging performances Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at 10 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. Follow the survivors from pre-war Europe, through the war and Holocaust, to the hope and strength of the words "I am here. I survived, and look who is with me!" “Kaddish” is an hour-long oratorio for chorus, soloists and orchestra, whose libretto is fashioned from the testimony of the survivors of the Holocaust. “Kaddish” tells their stories in their own words, providing a window into their lives, allowing listeners to share their experience directly. As the youngest of the survivors approach their eighties and nineties, this window is beginning to close. “Kaddish” will allow us to hear their voices forever. Ticket prices start at $15. For more information, call 713-224-7575 or visit the Houston Symphony Web site.
 


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