Frequently Asked Questions about Professional Development

Echoes and Reflections professional development programs take place across the United States every week. Since the launch of Echoes and Reflections in 2005, over 1,000 professional development programs have been conducted, reaching over 25,000 educators and community leaders, representing every state and the District of Columbia.

Below are some frequently asked questions about our programs. We invite you to send additional questions to

How long is a program?

Our programs are a minimum of three hours. Many programs are longer, including full-day programs, as well as programs that are held as part of multi-day conferences.

Who should attend a program?

Middle and high school teachers of history/social studies, English/language arts, fine arts, religion, ethics, and Holocaust and genocide electives are all excellent candidates to attend a professional development program, as are teachers in other subject areas and educators working with special populations.  Developing a cross-curricular approach to teaching about the Holocaust will enrich students’ understanding of the events that they are studying about and will encourage them to connect what they are learning to contemporary events. Administrators, counselors, media specialists, content supervisors, and curriculum specialists are also encouraged to participate in these programs.

Are participants awarded professional development credit for attending a program?

Because requirements for awarding professional development hours or continuing education units vary widely from state to state, this is left in the hands of a school or school district to arrange. Check with your school administration to see if Echoes and Reflections meets specific requirements for your district.  A certificate of attendance will be provided upon request.

We also offer access to continuing education credit through the USC Rossier School of Education at a nominal fee. Please email to receive the CEU form.

How much does it cost to attend or bring a program to my school district?

Thanks to our generous funders, we are able to offer programs and materials to secondary educators across the country at no cost.  We are not, however, able to cover the cost of substitutes if a program is held during regular school hours.  Individual hosts may require a minimal registration fee to help offset costs associated with sponsoring a program.

Who delivers the programs?

Echoes and Reflections professional development programs are facilitated by experienced educational staff from the Partner organizations: the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem, as well as by those who have been trained by us to deliver programs.

Are Common Core State Standards addressed in programs?

Instructional strategies in Echoes and Reflections are teacher-tested and materials address academic standards, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS). During the program, participants will be introduced to material on the website that shows how each of the ten lessons addresses Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts 6-12 and Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12.

How do I sign up for a scheduled program?

Each program is listed on the Program Calendar and has unique registration requirements, as we work with many local organizations to host programs. Send an email to to let us know which program you would like to attend or follow the instructions for registering on the individual program’s page.

Will I receive a copy of the Teacher’s Resource Guide at a program?

Yes! All middle and high school teachers who attend professional development programs that are at least three hours long receive a complimentary copy of the Echoes and Reflections Teacher’s Resource Guide.

Who hosts Echoes and Reflections professional development programs?

We work closely with individual teachers, schools and school districts, Holocaust museums and centers, and a variety of other organizations to plan and deliver Echoes and Reflections professional development programs. Refer to Hosting a Program FAQ or contact us at for information about hosting a program in your school or community.


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