NEW SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED FOR TEXAS REGION 4
EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER STUDENTS
Holocaust Museum Houston is introducing a new scholarship for graduating seniors that honors the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust. The scholarship is open to students whose school is located within the Region 4 Education Service Center area (see http://www.esc4.net). Nominations for this scholarship are due by Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.hmh.org/ed_contests.shtml.
MAX M. KAPLAN SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATORS SET FOR JULY 2012
The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators, set for July 10-13, 2012, at Holocaust Museum Houston is a four-day program that provides substantive content and the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars of the Holocaust and teachers from around the world.
Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding of the Holocaust and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The 2012 institute will focus on the concepts of rescue and responsibility.
The program is directed toward educators on a secondary or higher level, but university students and educators of all levels who have a specific interest in and background knowledge of the Holocaust are invited to attend. Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis. Applications for the program will be available in February. A separate application will be necessary to apply for funding from the Chevra Kadisha Holocaust Studies Fund. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSEUM TO PILOT NEW SOCIAL CRUELTY PROGRAM AT KIPP
Every day, 160,000 American students skip school to avoid being bullied. "All Behaviors Count: Humanity in Action" is a program created by Holocaust Museum Houston to address the five types of social cruelty in today's society, particularly among young people. Through the use of a Web-based platform, books, lectures, discussions and contemporary media, the program is designed to create meaningful change in our schools and community.
Museum educators will guide students to develop social resiliency and apply understanding of the events of the Holocaust and other genocides to their own lives by identifying negative behaviors and practicing how to respond. During the program, students will identify particular upstanding behaviors that they can practice within their schools. Through community-specific targeting of positive behaviors, students will claim ownership of this program and develop leadership skills that can be carried beyond the academic realm and into their own lives.
To further understand and assess the developing program, the Museum is partnering with KIPP (the Knowledge Is Power Program) to pilot "All Behaviors Count: Humanity in Action" in four KIPP middle schools in Spring 2012. Program materials are expected to be available for other schools by August 2012. For more information, e-mail email@example.com
STEFI ALTMAN SEMINAR FOR EDUCATORS TO FOCUS
ON "RETURNING: THE ART OF SAMUEL BAK"
Join the Education Department for a half-day teacher workshop March 3, 2012 that focuses on “Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak,” a planned exhibit to be on view at Holocaust Museum Houston Feb. 17, 2012 through Aug 12, 2012.
During this workshop, set for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., educators will explore the history of Vilna, Lithuania from World War I through World War II, the implications of this history on the childhood of Bak and study the Holocaust as it occurred in Vilna. Time will be spent connecting Bak’s art to literature and history so that educators are prepared to implement the paintings in their existing lesson plans. The Museum suggests schools or districts send teachers from multiple disciplines to learn about the work of Bak, its ability to transmit and challenge knowledge about the Holocaust and how to develop cross-curricular lessons that support Holocaust pedagogy.
The cost for the one-day session – including materials – is $15. Lunch is not included. Visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to register online. For more information, call 713-942-8000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is named in honor of Houston Holocaust survivor Stefi Altman, who was born in Lublin, Poland in 1926. The third of four children, she was just 13 years old when the Germans conquered her homeland in September 1939. She spent time in the concentration camps Jastkov, Treblinka and Majdanek before reaching Dorohucza, a Polish labor camp. She eventually was hidden by a sympathetic farmer until being liberated by the Russians, when she learned that her family — 35 members in all — were murdered in the Holocaust.
BARBARA COLOROSO PRESENTS "THE BULLY, THE BULLIED AND THE BYSTANDER”
Join the Education Department on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, for a one-day teacher workshop with international best-selling author and consultant Barbara Coloroso.
Coloroso’s uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were developed through her years of training in sociology, special education and philosophy, as well as field-tested through her experiences as a classroom teacher, laboratory school instructor, university instructor, seminar leader, volunteer in Rwanda and mother of three grown children.
Coloroso is the author of four international best-sellers, including “The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander — From Pre-School to High School” and “Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide ... And Why It Matters."
Coloroso will discuss her work with educators in the morning session. In the afternoon, Education Department staff will present their newest program: “All Behaviors Count: Humanity in Action.” This program provides information about the five behaviors of social cruelty and how schools can develop communities in which humanity is in action. Teasing, exclusion, bullying, rumoring and ganging up have all led to violence in the past few years; in a world of total connectedness, with no down time as in the past, these behaviors are causing greater damage.
This interactive afternoon will include presentations, visiting of relevant exhibition spaces and rich discussion. The cost for the one-day session – including materials and a copy of Coloroso’s book “Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide... And Why It Matters,” is $25. Lunch is not included. To register for the workshop, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.