A Houston High School teacher was among the 200 participants completing training this summer from educators of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Jason Pounds attended the 19th Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, a three-day workshop hosted by the museum in mid-July. The conference is a vital part of the museum’s ongoing effort to equip educators throughout the country with the knowledge and skills to effectively bring Holocaust education in their classrooms.
“In the face of rising antisemitism and Holocaust denial, educating students about this history is becoming increasingly urgent,” said Peter Fredlake, director of the museum’s teacher education and special programs. “As the global leader in Holocaust education, the Museum works to ensure teachers have the training and resources they need to introduce their students to this important and complex history — and show them how its lessons remain relevant to all citizens today.”
Every year, the Museum trains hundreds of teachers through programs held in Washington and around the country. It provides these teachers with advanced tools and teaching materials for students of history, English, social studies, language arts, library science, journalism and more.
At the conference, the participants teamed up with museum educators and scholars in sharing rationales, strategies and approaches for teaching about the Holocaust, Nazi propaganda and antisemitism by using various media, such as literature, survivor testimony and diaries that the Museum provides. They toured the museum’s permanent exhibition, as well as the special exhibitions.
Once the participants completed the program, they received a set of educational materials and a voucher worth $100 to buy Holocaust-related materials in the Museum shop.