Shaping the Future at the 2017 Holocaust Educators Network Satellite Seminars


The 2017 Holocaust Educators Network (HEN) Summer Satellite Seminars are five-day learning experiences offered by The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI). These premier seminars introduce educators to resources and strategies that promote learning, understanding, and thoughtful reflection on the complexity of studying the Holocaust and other genocides.

“Echoes and Reflections lays the groundwork that ensures everyone is on the same page,” shares Wendy Zagray Warren, Satellite Seminar Coordinator at TOLI. Warren guides and supports the leaders of the 2017 seminars and recommends that an introduction to Echoes and Reflections is included. “Echoes’ sound pedagogy emphasizes the importance of using testimony and focusing on the individual story. The power of story is part of every Satellite Seminar; people in the room tell their personal stories and make meaningful connection using testimony and other Echoes and Reflections resources.”

HEN Satellite Group

HEN Satellite Seminar participants focus on building community

The HEN Satellite Seminars model “learning through doing” and are led by experienced classroom teachers. Leaders have thought deeply about the needs of their local communities. As a result, the seminars are tailored to meet the needs of local students and teachers, and each seminar has a slightly different focus.

“One of the features of these Holocaust education seminars that make them unique is the focus on building community,” Warren adds. “As we build community among ourselves, and experience the learning that takes place over the seminar, it is operating on two levels… everyone in the room is a teacher as well as a learner.”

Each seminar also encourages participants to think critically about the historic lessons of the Holocaust and the meaning these lessons have on our lives and on the world today.

“Participants are challenged to consider the roles they embody in their own lives, to examine their own choices, their daily interactions with one another, and to unpack the stereotypes and prejudices that continue to affect local schools and communities,” shares Warren. “Educators at each Satellite Seminar will be asked to imagine the world they would like to live in and design an action plan to help their classroom, school, and/or community move toward that ideal.”

Explore the 2017 Summer Satellite program schedule (below) and join one of these programs in your area. All seminars are offered free of charge and housing can be made available where necessary. Professional development credit is also available in most circumstances.


California           July 23-29, 2017       San Marcos, California -The Holocaust and Cultural Identity in the Classroom – Interweave content related to both the Holocaust and present-day examples of intolerance and persecution.


Maryland June 25-30, 2017 Salisbury, Maryland – Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: The Maryland Holocaust Educators Network Summer Institute for Teachers – Study the Holocaust and other genocides in the context of local civil rights and social justice issues.


Massachusetts July 17-22, 2017 Amherst, Massachusetts – Deepening the Practice of Teaching the Holocaust – Deepen your practice of teaching the Holocaust, other genocides, and social justice issues.


Michigan July 10-15, 2017 Farmington Hills, Michigan – Studying, Learning, and Teaching: Critical Lessons of Holocaust Education – Deepen your knowledge of the Holocaust and best practices in Holocaust education, while ensuring your school meets the 2016 genocide education mandate.


Minnesota July 30-Aug. 5, 2017 St Paul, Minnesota – The Holocaust and the Meaning of Place – Explore what happens when a child’s safe environment is disrupted by historical trauma, as it was for the Jewish community during the Holocaust and for the Dakota people as a result of Federal Indian Policy.


Montana July 16-22, 2017 Billings, Montana – Worlds Apart but Not Strangers: Holocaust Education and Indian Education for All – Explore the past, including the history of the Holocaust and the impact of U.S. policies on Native peoples, and the present, as educators imagine the world they would like to live in and design an action plan to help their classroom, school and/or community move toward that ideal.


New Mexico June 12-16, 2017 Albuquerque, New Mexico – Teaching the Holocaust for Social Justice – Explore meaningful ways to teach the Holocaust and other events that reflect intolerance and persecution.


New Jersey July 10-14, 2017 The North Shore, Monmouth County, New Jersey – Shaping Identities: The Influence of Narrative in Understanding the Holocaust and Social Justice – Explore the importance of historical and personal storytelling and its ability to influence and contextualize the study of the Holocaust and social justice.


North Carolina July 9-15, 2017 Charlotte, North Carolina – Looking Beyond the Single Story in Holocaust and Social Justice Education – Engage with topics of Holocaust education and learn about the tools needed to broaden your approach to teaching about the Holocaust and other issues of social injustice.


Ohio July 17-22, 2017 Cincinnati, Ohio – Pathways for Teaching the Holocaust and Social Justice – This interactive seminar will explore strategies to help educators make meaningful connections between the Holocaust, more recent genocides, and the civil rights issues currently facing our nation.


Oregon  July 17-21, 2017  Eugene, Oregon – Lessons from the Past: Understanding the Holocaust and Other Genocides – Expand your awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and other genocides and develop classroom strategies to help students understand how the past affects the present, find their voice in speaking out for social justice, and envision the wide-reaching impact of their choices. 


Wisconsin  July 31-Aug. 5, 2017 Milwaukee, Wisconsin – A Multi-Generational Approach to Holocaust and Social Justice Education – Deepen your knowledge about the Holocaust and explore best practices in Holocaust education.