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Building Confidence with New Teaching Tools

Luz Brito was introduced to Echoes and Reflections in 2015 at a professional development program sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. This program sparked her interest in teaching about the Holocaust and she found the Echoes and Reflections resources to be practical and engaging for her student population of English Language Learners.


2017 Charlotte and Jacques Wolf Educators Conference on Echoes and Reflections

teacher-luz-britoLuz Brito was introduced to Echoes and Reflections in 2015 at a professional development program sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. This program sparked her interest in teaching about the Holocaust and she found the Echoes and Reflections resources to be practical and engaging for her student population of English Language Learners.

In an effort to learn how to use Echoes and Reflections more effectively, Brito participated in The Charlotte and Jacques Wolf Educators Conference on Echoes and Reflections in the summer of 2016. Returning in 2017 for the 10th Annual Wolf Conference, Brito hoped to acquire additional resources and strategies to use with her students and build confidence when teaching about the Holocaust. During the conference, Luz was exposed to a wide variety of resources that she plans to incorporate into her Holocaust lessons this year.

The conference provided Brito with lessons and resources for making the study of the Holocaust relevant for her students. Brito said she looks forward to using ADL’s Global 100 resource, an interactive website that will help her students understand contemporary antisemitism in today’s world. She will also implement the We Were Strangers Too campaign and bring artwork into her classroom to encourage classroom conversations about the current refugee crisis and connections to the Jewish experience during the Holocaust.

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After the conference, Brito shared that she now understands the importance of teaching about the Holocaust as a human story, and has decided that survivor testimony and diary entries will be incorporated into all of her Holocaust lessons.

“Meeting and hearing from Holocaust survivors is a privilege that has inspired me even more to teach about the Holocaust. Each of their testimonies has renewed my commitment as an educator to teach my students to become responsible and caring citizens. Listening to survivors’ personal accounts of the Holocaust is a unique experience,” Brito said.

 

Luz Brito has been teaching English as a New Language (ENL) for fourteen years at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, NY.