Learning about Learning

12/14/2016 - My job is about learning about learning.  As USC Shoah Foundation’s Associate Director of Education – Evaluation, I spend my time thinking about what we are learning from the teachers and students who go through our programs.  Echoes and Reflections is one of these programs, and we have learned a great deal from you, the teachers and other educational professionals who have attended our p...

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Defending Truth – Holocaust Denial in the Classroom

10/25/2016 - The recent film Denial, which recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier, provides an opportunity to critically examine Holocaust denial and contemporary antisemitism. For students, analyzing...

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Richelle Budd Caplan

09/13/2016 - According to the late David Bowie, “We can be heroes, just for one day.” In countries all over the world, social studies curricula have used the past to create and highlight heroes, models of civic duty and individual sacrifice to inspire a nation. Some heroes may even become significant sources of identification, moral formation, and identity development for students...

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Let's Talk about "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"...

08/23/2016 - Over the past ten years, I have had the honor of delivering Echoes and Reflections professional development programs to thousands of educators across the United States. During that time, I have seen the differences from state to state with respect to when and how the Holocaust is covered in school or district curriculum; however, my experiences have also taught me that the similarities greatly...

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Jason Hensley

07/14/2016 - This blog is reposted from USC Shoah Foundation’s – Impact in Profile Jason Hensely’s project to interview Kindertransport survivors who were taken in by Christadelphians during World...

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Robert Adler

06/29/2016 - Born Gretel Bergmann on April 12, 1914, Lambert achieved the German high jump record in 1931 and, as a young athlete, was committed to pursuing a career in athletics. In her 1995 interview with the USC Shoah Foundation, Lambert shared that with the Nazi rise to power, “Everything changed. People that you k...

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Lindsay J. Friedman

07/08/2016 - I felt such a sense of loss on Saturday when I heard the news of Elie Wiesel’s death. It felt so personal and profound. I never met Elie Wiesel, but I felt as if had lost someone I knew, someone I cared for, someone who, perhaps on some ridiculous level, I thought would always be here. I have been so moved reading the tributes to him from those who knew him – as a friend, a teacher,...

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Richelle Budd Caplan

05/31/2016 - In a recent article by Corey L. Harbaugh on the professional development of US teachers in the field of Holocaust education, the author notes that according to data collected for his research, “82.9% of students are introduced to, or experience [Holocaust] content during the years considered to be middle school in the United States… ” (Harbaugh, 2015, p. 381). Moreover, studen...

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Jill Rembrandt

04/25/2016 - All of the Holocaust survivors featured in Echoes and Reflections become near and dear to the hearts of facilitators. For me, Ellis Lewin’s testimony worked its way into my heart and never left. I’m not sure if it is because he was such a young child whe...

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Kelly Bales and Tyrone Shaw

03/23/2016 - Human Rights and Genocide Awareness Month offers a unique opportunity for educators to think about meaningful ways to raise complex and challenging topics with students. In an effort to bring students, “safely in, and safely out,” seasoned Echoes and Reflections’ educators Kelly Bales and Tyrone Shaw discuss, “Where do I begin?” and share their different approaches to introduci...

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Phoebe Hartnett and Keith Long

02/03/2016 - “In my twenty-four years of teaching, this was easily one of the most meaningful professional development experiences I’ve ever had,” said Keith Long, a veteran educator in central Pennsylvania. “Echoes and Reflections is content based, and offers direction to engage students with primary sources and ask them to think about making connections to their experi...

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Tabari Coleman and Esther Hurh

12/17/2015 - Tabari Coleman and Esther Hurh are part of the team of Holocaust education professionals that deliver Echoes and Reflections professional development programs nationwide. As educators dedicated to fighting antisemitism and all forms of bias and preparing teachers to deliver accurate and authentic Holocaust education to today’s students, Coleman and Hurh spent two...

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Stephen D. Smith

12/02/2015 - There is a lot of hate and fear to go around these days. With the recent attacks in Paris and the larger civil unrest happening across the United States, the current social climate is difficult to comprehend, even for adults. How do we recognize the face of hate and intolerance in 2015? How do we counter acts of violence that rock our foundation to its core? How do...

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Dr. Paul B. Winkler

10/21/2015 - In 1994, the New Jersey Department of Education implemented a mandate that required Holocaust and genocide instruction for all K-12 students. The legislation was finalized shortly after New Jersey experienced an upsurge in ethnic hate speech and vandalism. Believing that there is a link between violence and ethnic and racial intolerance, the New Jersey legislature determined that teaching the H...

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Cynthia Murphy and Randi Boyette

09/30/2015 - Why do we teach the Holocaust? What are the key components of comprehensive Holocaust education? A new statewide initiative in Pennsylvania is encouraging educators to integrate Holocaust education into their curriculum....

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Deborah Batiste and Shani Lourie

08/26/2015 - In recognition of the 55th anniversary of the publication of Night by Elie Wiesel, Echoes and Reflections’ Deborah Batiste, Project Director for the Anti-Defamation League, and Shani Lourie, Director of the Pedagogical Division of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, share their expert strategies for teaching this memoir....

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Abraham H. Foxman

07/07/2015 - As I prepare to retire from my role as the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) this month, I have spent considerable time reflecting on my past and the experiences that shaped me over the last half century. I came to the ADL exactly 50 years ago, fresh out of law school, and fueled with a passion to fight for t...

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Scott Miller

06/23/2015 - There were 937 passengers on the MS St. Louis, many of whom were Jewish refugees escaping the turmoil of Nazi, Germany. Scott Miller, a research historian, educator, and author at the...

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Sarah Brown and Carol Martin

06/02/2015 - Anne Frank’s wartime diary, The Diary of a Young Girl, documents her thoughts, feelings, and experiences between 1942 and 1944...

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Donna Tarney

04/15/2015 - Bearing Witness™ is a professional development opportunity that brings together Catholic school educators to learn strategies for teaching about antisemitism, the Holocaust, changes in Catholic teaching on Jews and Judaism, and contemporary prejudice in their...

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Noël Ingram and Courtney Parker

02/03/2015 - Approximately 200 Teach For America corps members and alumni have been introduced to Echoes and Reflections since 2011. Initiated by Echoes and Reflections staff and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Spalding in the Department of Curriculum and Instruc...

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Jill Rembrandt and Kim Klett

01/07/2015 - How does one talk about liberation and the end of the Holocaust with students? Jill Rembrandt, Associate Project Director for Echoes and Reflections at the Anti-Defamation League, facilitates professional development programs for educators and Kim Klett, a 12th grade English teacher in Mesa, Arizona, teaches an English elective called Holocaust Literature. Kim uses...

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Jennifer Goss

11/04/2014 - After using Echoes and Reflections for many years with students, I was telling a friend of mine about a particular primary source from Lesson One: Studying the Holocaust that has always struck me. In it, the director of an orphanage...

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Sherry Bard

10/07/2014 - Sherry Bard, a former classroom teacher and an Echoes and Reflections facilitator, talks about new ways Echoes and Reflections is becoming accessible for teachers....

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Deborah Batiste, Claudia Wiedeman and Ephraim Kaye

09/01/2014 - Next year marks the 10-year anniversary of Echoes and Reflections. Since launching in 2005, the program has reached over 22,000 teachers and touched the lives of more than 2.2 million students in all 50 states....

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Beverly Ann Chin

03/14/2014 - Since 2009, I have been using Echoes and Reflections as an essential resource with English/language arts and history/social studies teachers to help their students understand the literature (fiction and non-fiction) of the Holocaust. Using the well-crafted lessons, powerful visual testimonies, and carefully selected primary documents in Echoes and...

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Stephanie Smith

02/19/2014 - Good instruction has more impact on student achievement than any other factor, and key elements of good instruction include activities and lessons that foment the development of literacy and higher order thinking skills. Lessons, research, discussions, reading, writing, and thinking about the Holocaust and the attendant myriad issues related to modern humanity and society...

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