Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute for Educators
July 29 – Aug. 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Center

Houston has a rich network of educators working diligently and energetically in classrooms throughout our region. The Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute is designed to help teachers engage with each other and with outstanding scholars to expand their expertise, learn together and find motivation in communities of practice.

The institute is a four-day program that moves beyond the general history of the Holocaust to explore the content, context and complexity of the Holocaust and other genocides.

This annual institute provides the opportunity to network with internationally known scholars and teachers from around the world. Working in the Museum’s exhibit space and classrooms, teachers grow in their understanding and refine their skills to teach about the history and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides. This year’s schedule includes two evening lectures.

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 genocide and the Holocaust are invited to apply. Seating is limited and is on a competitive basis.

The cost to attend the program is $150, which includes lunch and materials for the four days. Early registration is $130, if paid by June 1.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hmh.org/ed_kaplan.shtml.

“All Behaviors Count:” Implementing the ABC Program
in Community Settings

Monday, May 12, 2014 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Avrohm I. Wiesenberg Multi-Purpose Learning Cent

Do you need to be able to discuss bullying and social cruelty with young people outside the classroom? You can help people understand more about how to respond positively when confronted with meanness in this half-day workshop focusing on the Museum’s anti-bullying curriculum “All Behaviors Count.”

In this program, community leaders and others will learn how to implement this free modular program that examines the five forms of social cruelty: taunting, rumoring, exclusion, ganging up and bullying. This program examines the roles each of the five forms of social cruelty plays in both school life and in culture.

In addition to teaching about these negative behaviors, this program also focuses on teaching how to respond to social cruelty in positive ways. These social resiliency skills – both intra-and inter-personal – mean that participants in the program will be prepared to address issues of social cruelty directly. In this session, participants will learn how to use examples from media and popular culture to widen the experiences they see and discuss.

This program is appropriate for community program leaders who work with young people in grades K-12. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 people, and must be received by May 5, 2014.

For more information and to register, please visit www.hmh.org.


Bring your class to see Holocaust Museum Houston’s newest exhibition “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage,” on view through Aug. 31, 2014. Students will encounter images and stories of people who engaged in rescue activities during the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage” is based on the work of Leora Kahn, who researched and interviewed rescuers from the Holocaust and other genocides. Each person’s image and testimony that visitors encounter in this exceptional photographic exhibition reflect “ordinary” citizens, who, by choosing to rescue the “other,” became heroes in a time when their country’s people were committing and/or experiencing acts of genocide.


Dr. Adam Jones' Global Photo Archive

In addition to being an internationally recognized genocide scholar, Dr. Adam Jones is a talented photographer. He travels worldwide photographing not only sites of genocide and mass murder, but the people and places that most educators will never get an opportunity to see up close. Jones has made his entire photo archive — organized by country — available for public use free of charge.

Jones puts a human face on countries whose violent history overshadows their unique cultures and landscapes. A fantastic resource not only for history and geography teachers, this archive allows students a view of the world outside their windows, offering an opportunity to experience different cultures firsthand without breaking the field trip budget!

Jones will be the Museum's Scholar-in-Residence for the week of the Max M. Kaplan Summer Institute. He will be on hand throughout the week to share his expertise in genocide research, as well as his experiences living and traveling all over the world.



"A memorial unresponsive to the future would violate the memory of the past." --  Elie Wiesel

April is Genocide Awareness month, a time to reflect on the genocides of the past and reaffirm our conviction for the prevention of genocide in the future. This year, Genocide Awareness Month coincides with two important anniversaries: the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Darfur being recognized by the U.S. government. As we remember the devastating effects of genocide and turn toward the healing process in Rwanda, the Sudanese persecution of the Darfurian people rages on.

In the quote above, internationally known Holocaust survivor and “Night” author Elie Wiesel highlights the pivotal role Holocaust memorials and museums play in the continued struggle for genocide awareness and prevention. As a community of committed educators, we encourage you to talk to your students about the importance of remembering the past to create a more responsive future.

The Education Department

Visit our Web site for lesson plans, resources for teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides and information about current exhibitions.  Educators can also order a digital curriculum trunk, request a docent-led tour or register for public programs offered at the Museum. 

Holocaust Museum Houston's “Adopt an Artifact” program allows visitors and school groups to help protect our collections for future generations in an inexpensive way. It's easy for a class or group planning a tour to help out. Click the icon above to learn more.

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