Holocaust Museum Houston Hosts Fall Teacher Workshops

HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 5, 2012) – Holocaust Museum Houston will present two workshops for educators this fall to help teachers learn how to present the lessons of the Holocaust from an intergenerational perspective and how to address the five forms of social cruelty commonly seen in modern society.

The Sept. 24 workshop “Inherited Memories: The Holocaust as an Intergenerational Understanding” will examine the Holocaust through the eyes of the second generation – the children of Holocaust survivors. Using two of the Museum’s latest exhibitions, “Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery” and “Blood Memory: a view from the second generation,” participants will be able to connect the use of artifacts and testimony to relate the history of the Holocaust to future generations. This program will include a presentation by a member of Houston’s second-generation community.

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Museum will present its anti-bullying curriculum, “All Behaviors Count.” This modular program examines the five forms of social cruelty – taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying. The program is grounded in an examination of the five forms and their roles in school life and in culture.

“We believe that broadening our work to include other behaviors, beyond bullying, is significantly different than approaching bullying as a singular behavior,” said Dr. Mary Lee Webeck, the Museum’s director of education. “Our focus on teaching about these five behaviors and how to respond to each in positive ways provides an extended pedagogical method in the school or work environment. This program takes examples from media and popular culture into the classroom, providing examples from television and Internet commercials of each type of social cruelty. By doing so, the approach we use widens the experiences students see and discuss.”

The program will also address social resiliency skills – both intra-and inter-personal – so that students who participate in the school-based program with their teachers are prepared to address issues of social cruelty directly.

Both workshops run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.

Both are open to the public, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Admission is $15 for each workshop, which includes educational materials. To RSVP online for each workshop separately, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.

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