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Echoes and Reflections: Holocaust PD and teaching resources

Studying contemporary genocide and the Jewish Holocaust should always be part of our social studies scope and sequence. But with the rise of anti-immigrant and far-right groups around the world, remembering the events and consequences of the 1930s and 1940s is becoming even more important.

And there are some no-brainer places to start as you gather and develop Holocaust teaching tools. The US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. Facing History and Ourselves.

But be sure to add the Echoes and Reflections site to your go-to list.

Echoes and Reflections is the result of a partnership among three other leaders in Holocaust education who bring specific knowledge, capacity, and practice to help you responsibly and effectively teach the Holocaust.

Echoes and Reflections combines:

Anti-Defamation League’s experience in curriculum and professional development
USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive of survivor and witness testimonies and digital educational tools
Yad Vashem’s historical expertise and primary source materials

With Echoes and Reflections, you can help your students:

  • Examine the complex social challenges they face every day
  • Evaluate issues of fairness and justice
  • Experience relevant connections to Holocaust history via real stories from real people
  • Determine their own roles and responsibilities in the world around them

Our state standards (I’m sure your document does too) require us to help kids make connections between the past and contemporary issues. The resources at Echoes supports that benchmark.

Echoes and Reflections also provides a variety of digital and print resources that are:

  • Interdisciplinary – covering topics related to history, social studies, English language arts, and humanities/fine arts
  • Personalized – with visual testimonies and countless personal stories from survivors, liberators, and other witnesses
  • Multimedia – including primary and secondary source documents like government documents; photos, maps, illustrations and artwork; stories, memoirs, and poetry; and more
  • Flexible – leveled for middle and high school and address state and national academic standards

Their Teacher’s Resource Guide is based on solid historical knowledge, visual history, and a strong instructional foundation. The materials are designed for use with middle and high school students. Get the Guide through participation in their professional learning program. Key features include:

  • Ten multipart lessons examine major themes associated with the Holocaust
  • Lessons can be used individually or as part of a course of study
  • Informational texts provide historical context and background
  • Visual history testimony is seamlessly integrated across the lessons
  • Abundant primary sources enhance every lesson
  • Modular lesson design allows for flexibility and customization
  • Multi- and interdisciplinary lessons are suitable for a range of subject areas
  • Instructional strategies promote critical thinking and interaction
  • Suggested topics for journaling accompany every lesson
  • Activities and projects to extend learning and make connections to other events and topics included with each lesson
  • Materials address academic standards as well as digital and media literacies

You’ll also get access to ten lesson plans with primary resources, materials, teaching suggestions.

Get more information about their extensive professional learning opportunities – both face to face and online. Pick the option that works best for you.

And why should we be doing this?

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