For Vermont Educators


For Vermont Educators


WHEN:  Tuesday, May 1. 2018
                8:30 am - 4 pm

WHERE: Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe (JCOGS)
                1189 Cape Cod Road. Stowe, VT

COST: $125.00 (includes lunch)


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Partnering with Facing History and Ourselves, VTHM is offering a workshop for Vermont educators:

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust & Human Behavior

Facing History and Ourselves is an international nonprofit professional development organization that designs educational material addressing injustices and prejudices in society, with a focus on democracy and The Holocaust.


This one day workshop will provide middle and high school teachers with the tools to teach the many moral questions confronting American students today. By using Facing History’s unique approach to studying the Holocaust, students will examine history and the dismantling of democracy by using ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement – all of which are essential for sustaining democracy. This workshop features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has recognized Facing History as one of nine social-emotional learning programs (out of 400 reviewed) with proven benefits for students, including increased empathy, prosocial behavior, and a better classroom climate. 


Our Stowe workshop will be led by Ms. Jan Darsa, former Director of Jewish Education at Facing History and Ourselves for the last 25 years. She is an award-winning, trailblazing advocate for - and practitioner of - framing Holocaust education in contemporary, actionable and relevant ways. Prior to coming to Facing History, Ms. Darsa taught English and Social Studies in public and private middle and high schools, and at Tufts University. Darsa received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.Ed. from Boston University.


  • Current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  • Their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
  • A new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  • Classroom-ready multimedia resources, and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
  • New teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully


  • Becoming part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
  • Receiving coaching and support as you implement this unit in your classroom