For Vermont Educators in Jewish Settings

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For Vermont Educators in Jewish Settings


WHEN: Thursday - March 22, 2018
              8:30 am - 4 pm

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

COST: $125 (includes kosher/dairy lunch)


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

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 investigates the connection between Jewish history and identity, and the moral questions inherent in everyday life. We will examine the range of choices during the 1930’s in Germany that led to the failure of democracy and the Holocaust. Grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values we will investigate how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference

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, herself 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. She is the recipient of the 2010 Covenant Award for exceptional Jewish educator.


  • Multidisciplinary pedagogical approaches for teaching a course on the Holocaust that is grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values
  • Teaching strategies that help students investigate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
  • 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


  • 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
  • The ability 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