Echoes and Reflections Offers a NEW Training Program with a Concentration on Night
Echoes and Reflections is offering a NEW full-day training program with a specialized concentration on teaching Elie Wiesel’s seminal book.
This professional development program provides an introduction to the standards-based materials available in Echoes and Reflections, instructional strategies for teaching Night, as well as additional background on the memoir that teachers can integrate into their instruction.
Over 40 educators, representing 12 Brevard County High Schools in Florida, joined ADL Echoes and Reflections Project Director, Deborah Batiste, at the inaugural training program at Viera High School on January 14th, 2015. Teachers spent time working in interdisciplinary teams, and left with materials to take back to their schools to integrate into their classrooms immediately. “I feel able to show other teachers the resources and expand our school wide use of Echoes and Reflections,” a history teacher from Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Florida shared.
Christopher Spinale, a resource and social studies teacher at Brevard Public Schools Division of Curriculum and Instruction said, “The materials were appropriate and the images powerful. I can’t say enough good things… As a public school district, there is nothing better than free, meaningful professional development with exemplary instructional materials.”
Educators received a thorough introduction to Echoes and Reflections that included Lesson 2: Antisemitism, Lesson 4: The Ghettos, and Lesson 5: The “Final Solution”. Participants were introduced to an IWitness Activity entitled, Found Poetry, viewed testimony from Holocaust survivors, Ellis Lewin and Anton Mason, and took an in-depth look at an excerpt from Night, which is an integrated component of Lesson 5: The “Final Solution.”
Holocaust survivor Sheldon Kermish joined the training and spoke about his experience as a child. Kermish, who was forced into hiding during the Holocaust, invited participants to engage in a discussion about the lasting effects of the Holocaust on children― its most innocent victims.
A Reading Coach, from Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Cocoa, Florida said the Echoes and Reflections training was, “Possibly one of the best learning experiences that I have ever been a part of.”