2011, No. 1

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

February 2011

APPLY NOW FOR THE MAX M. KAPLAN SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATORS

The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators at Holocaust Museum Houston is a four-day program that moves beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the various dimensions and implications of the Holocaust and other genocides. The institute, held each summer, provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars of the Holocaust and teachers from around the world.

The 2011 program will be held project has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.; and is generously underwritten by the Max M. Kaplan Teacher Education Fund, the Lea K. Weems Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Scholarship Fund, with special thanks to United Airlines, the official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

APRIL IS "GENOCIDE AWARENESS MONTH"

During April, Holocaust Museum Houston will be working to raise awareness about genocide and actions individuals and groups can take to end genocide in observance of "Genocide Awareness Month."

Several genocides began in April or have a major anniversary in the month. For this reason, many organizations and institutions around the world have set aside April to be a month of genocide awareness and action against genocide.
 
The Museum has many activities and programs for all ages during the month. The theme for genocide awareness month is learning to be an upstander - a person who stands up for others and takes actions on their behalf. Thirty activities - one for each day of the month - are being highlighted as positive steps individuals and groups can take to stop genocide starting today. For a complete list of activities, visit the Museum's Web site at www.hmh.org
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GERDA WEISSMAN KLEIN RECEIVES 2010 PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM

On Feb. 16, 2011, President Obama awarded the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Gerda Weissmann Klein. Many educators teach about Klein’s experiences during the Holocaust via her memoir “All But My Life” or through her video testimony, “One Survivor Remembers.”

To see a video about Klein’s award, click here.

LOOK FOR HMH EDUCATION STAFF AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS

On behalf of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, education staff members will be conducting one-day trainings at the following Texas Education Service Centers. The workshops are available at no cost and registration is available at the service center Web sites.

  • May 5, 2011 – Texas ESC 3 workshop
  • May 13, 2011 – Texas ESC 1 workshop
  • June 20, 2011 – Texas ESC 14 workshop
  • June 30, 2011 – Texas ESC 13 workshop

JOIN THE HMH EDUCATOR DISCUSSION FORUMS

Ever wanted a new resource to implement in the classroom and wasn’t sure what would be best?  Are you working in your district to vertically align Holocaust curriculum and need feedback?

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. 

ENTRIES NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2011 YOM HASHOAH CONTEST

In observance of Yom HaShoah, 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 Museum’s Web site to download the contest flyer.

Entries must be received by the April 7, 2011 deadline.

WEB RESOURCE OF THE MONTH

In 2004, Yad Vashem launched the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names on its Web site,  with 3 million names. At the same time, a new 11th-hour project to recover unknown names was initiated. Names are recovered via “Pages of Testimony,” special forms filled out in memory of the victims by people who remember them and by combing archival lists and documentation for names. Of the 4 million names currently known, some 2.2 million (about 55 percent) came from “Pages of Testimony” and the remainder from various archival sources and post-war commemoration projects.


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JOIN HMH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MEMBER SAVINGS
ON CLASSROOM MATERIALS

Join Holocaust Museum Houston to take advantage of special savings on books, DVDs, posters and other educational items when purchased on-site in the Museum Store.

Educators qualify for the Ally-level membership at only $25 per teacher and automatically receive a 10 percent discount on all items purchased as a member.  Educator members also receive a subscription to the Museum's printed newsletter "Bearing Witness," invitations to Museum openings and events, one official membership card and general circulation privileges from the Laurie and Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library.

To sign up now, click the button below or visit www.hmh.org and click the Membership tab.

 


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