Applications Now Available: Be Part of the 2016 Summer Seminar!July 11 - July 16, 2016

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To apply, simply click on the link below to access our online application. If you have any questions about the seminar or the application process, please contact Seminar Co-Director Corey Harbaugh via email, at: (

Teachers are encouraged to apply in school, content, or other teams. We have found that teachers who go through the program with a colleague, teaching partner, or critical friend are able to make good use of the time to collaborate as they learn the content and pedagogy of the Holocaust.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and participants will be admitted as they apply, provided applicants meet the application guidelines. Applications should be received by May 1, 2015, but as early as possible. Applications are now being accepted.

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Michigan Holocaust Summer Seminar

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Studying, Learning, & Teaching: Critical Lessons of Holocaust Education
Holocaust Educator Network of MichiganSatellite Summer SeminarJuly 11-16, 2016

The Holocaust Educator Network of Michigan Summer Seminar will bring teachers from across the state together to study the Holocaust from the perspective of classroom teachers and teacher leaders; we will witness and study together, and then collaborate to take teaching ideas back to classrooms, school districts, college campuses, and writing project sites all over Michigan.

The seminar will ask teachers to look at lessons from the Holocaust and then again as those lessons apply to historic and contemporary Michigan; teachers will be asked to consider Holocaust Education from a local perspective.
Because the goal of the project extends beyond the summer seminar to the creation of a vibrant state-wide network of Holocaust educators, participants will be able come to the seminar as individuals, or as part of a school, district, or project team. There are twenty spots available for the 2015 seminar, and the application is competitive. First priority will be given to those teachers who can demonstrate interest, commitment, and/or experience in Holocaust and social justice education.

Participants will be immersed in seminal Holocaust Education experiences, including survivor testimony, consideration of historical, Third Reich era, and contemporary Judaism, expert guest lectures, visits to museums and presentations from museum educators, and visits to significant historical social justice locations in Michigan. Participants will be given support to return to their local classrooms, schools, and communities to provide Holocaust education, which they then contribute back to the members of a growing state-wide network.

The seminar is led by Corey Harbaugh and John Farris. Both Harbaugh and Farris are Fellows of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Harbaugh was named to The USHMM Regional Educator Corps in 2015. Harbaugh's research into Holocaust pedagogy has been presented across the country, and his chapter on that topic appears in the book As the Witnesses Fall Silent: 21st Century Holocaust Education in Curriculum, Policy, and Practice (2015; Springer). Harbaugh is also a Master Teacher with The USC Shoah Foundation. Both Harbaugh and Farris are veterans of multiple training programs, and both were trained in the methodology of the national Holocaust Educator Network at The Memorial Library in New York City, under the direction of Dr. Sondra Perl.

Please take a look at our short video by clicking on the photo of video link below. Program leaders Amy Laitinen and Corey Harbaugh explain the thinking behind the seminar experience, using the metaphor of a bridge. The film was recorded in June, 2010 at the Memorial Library in New York City. Recorded and edited by Steve Zehentner.

What: A week-long, residential program in Farmington Hills, MI for teachers, professors, library and media specialists, museum educators, and interested others focused on reading, writing, and teaching about the Holocaust and then other issues of historic and contemporary social justice. Participants will meet survivors, read and study literature from the Holocaust, hear lectures, and be immersed in the artifacts, exhibits, and learning opportunities of the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, a world-class Holocaust memorial facility. All of our work will be done using powerful, proven best-practice teaching approaches to Holocaust education briting project teaching and learning strategies: sharing our own thoughts, experiences, practices, and writing in a community of like-minded educators. Teachers are eligible for SCECH credit, and graduate credit is available through Western Michigan University.

Most of the funding for each teacher accepted into the program is provided for by The Memorial Library, including lodging, all materials, museum fees, and most meals during the week. Participants are also eligible to apply for an additional $1000 in grant support after successful completion of the program to provide Holocaust education and/or programming in local classrooms and schools, and become eligible for opportunities in the national Holocaust Educator Network, including the trip to sites related to Holocaust education in Poland and Israel.

Who: There is space for up to twenty teachers. Teachers can apply as individuals, or in teams. First priority for acceptance will be given to those teachers who can demonstrate experience and commitment to the goals of Holocaust education and who have opportunity to take this experience back to their classrooms and schools.

When: The program begins with an opening dinner on Monday evening, July 13, 2015 and ends after the morning session on Saturday, July 18. We will have an end-of-seminar celebration on Friday evening, July 17. Participants will be sent a textbook in late April for pre-seminar reading and then also an online discussion during June and July.

Where: Seminar sessions will be held at The Holocaust Memorial Center--Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, MI, though we hope to have at least one excursion to another social justice history/resource center in the Detroit area. Housing will be provided for participants at the Courtyard by Marriot (Farmington Hills). Breakfast and lunches will be provided, plus the opening dinner and an evening session dinner one evening. Other dinners are the responsibility of participants, and there are numerous dining options available within easy walking and/or driving distance from the hotel.

How: The program is funded by a generous grant from The Memorial Library and Art Collection of the Second World War in New York City, a foundation established by Holocaust survivor Olga Lengyel, home of the Holocaust Educator Network (HEN). We are a satellite program of HEN. Financial support is also provided by Western Michigan University and the Third Coast Writing Project. Each participant will have a $100 participation fee to attend. Check with your school district or your local writing project site to see is financial support is available! SB-CEU credit will be available for interested teachers, and graduate credit can be arranged through Western Michigan University for an additional fee.

Why: To take a close look at the best practices of teaching about the Holocaust, and then also other historic and contemporary issues in social justice; to put teachers in touch with Holocaust and social justice education resources across our state; to build a state-wide network of teachers from both inside and outside the writing project who create and share classroom and other resources; to connect our Michigan network with the national Holocaust Educator Network at the Memorial Library and Art Collection of the Second World War in New York City.

Application Timeline:
Applications Due: May 1, 2015

Information about The Memorial Library can be found at this link:

Memorial Library Link

Be sure to check out the 9/11 Lesson Plans that were created by the 2011 Seminar group. These lessons plans were used across Michigan, and were even featured on the New York Times Learning Network Edublog, and on a National Radio Broadcast featuring seminar leader Corey Harbaugh. Harbaugh's portion of the interview can be found at this link, at the 13:05 minute mark. Click on the link that says "LISTEN TO THE SHOW".

National Writing Project Radio: Teaching About 9/11

Harbaugh was also featured on the Shoah Foundation (University of Southern California) website about teaching with testimony. Click on the link "2011 Seminar". The second half of the five minute video features a story Harbaugh tells about working with Holocaust survivor Gisa Glaser.

Shoah Foundation: Teaching with Testimony 2011 Workshop