Educator Resources & Teacher Training Workshops

JMM offers professional development opportunities for educators in a variety of subject areas, including Holocaust education and immigration studies. These workshops help teachers from all subject areas make connections between their classroom and our programs and collections.


Are you interested in holding a Professional Development Workshop at the JMM? We would love to host it! To find out more about bringing your workshop to the museum, please call Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education, at (443) 873-5178, or email her at

Winter Teachers Institute

The Maryland State Department of Education recently announced its plan to enrich the teaching of Holocaust education in public schools. These proposed changes include teaching about the Holocaust, the roots of anti-Semitism, and studying current events of contemporary genocide. JMM and the Baltimore Jewish Council are dedicated to supporting teachers by providing opportunities to learn from professionals and be better prepared to teach about the Holocaust with confidence.

Summer Teachers Institute

The Jewish Museum of Maryland hosts a three-day workshop on Holocaust education that focuses on giving educators the tools to help their students understand the Holocaust.  Through lectures, discussion, and analysis, the teachers learn how to interpret this difficult time period for their students. This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers from all over the region to gain insight and inspiration for their classrooms.

The Summer Teachers Institute workshops represent a serious and on-going effort to present educators with factual information from scholarly research on basic history of the Holocaust, methodology for effective teaching, and resources for classroom teachers. One day seminars are held throughout the school year, and a three-day Summer Teachers Institute Program is held each summer in August.

Educator Resources


NEW! What Did Americans Know About Kristallnacht?

Offered for: 9th – 12th

This lesson asks your students to take on the role of historian and work with primary source documents to answer the big question: What did Americans know about Kristallnacht? The lesson provides scaffolding for students to evaluate their own prior knowledge/hypothesizes on the topic, to learn about the differences between primary and secondary sources (and why historians use both), and to interpret real primary sources from historical American newspapers. At the end of the lesson are several extension activities from which to choose that ask students to evaluate their newfound knowledge and bring multiple sources to bear in an in-depth discussion or argumentative essay.

What Did Americans Know About Kristallnacht – Lesson Plan

What Did Americans Know About Kristallnacht – Student Packet

What Did Americans Know About Kristallnacht – Primary Sources


Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore ‘s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945

Offered For: 4th to 12th grades

Students learn how the Holocaust reverberated in Maryland, as they explore the experiences of the refugees who settled here in the 1930s and 40s. Activities include photograph exploration, creative writing, and examining the evolution of U.S. immigration policies.

Lives Lost, Lives Found Curriculum 

Lives Lost, Lives Found: Images

Lives Lost, Lives Found: Images for Lesson Plan


Paving Our Way: Early Maryland Jewish History, 1632-1845

Offered For: 4th to 8th grades

Explore the roots of Maryland ‘s Jewish community through reproduced primary sources, art projects, games, role plays, and more. This comprehensive curriculum includes sections on Everyday Life, the Toleration Act of 1649, and the Jew Bill of 1826. Students learn about life in colonial and federal era Maryland through the lens of its first Jewish settlers.

Paving Our Way Curricular Materials

“Are We There Yet?” Game Board

“Are We There Yet” Game Cards


Historical Neighborhoods: Park Heights Avenue*

What are the building blocks of a neighborhood? Students investigate the diverse community of Upper Park Heights Avenue using maps, photos, oral histories, and more. Whether they live in this neighborhood or elsewhere, students are encouraged to make connections with their own communities.

*Free to rent from either the Museum or the Center for Jewish Education. There is a $20 fee for a staff facilitator.


Educator Training and Workshops


The Museum offers teacher and educator training in a wide variety of subject areas, including Holocaust education practices and immigration studies.

Previous partners have included MSDE, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public School System, the Center for Jewish Education, and the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Looking to hold a Professional Development Workshop? To find out more about bringing your workshop to the Museum, or scheduling a Museum Representative to visit your venue, please contact Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education, at 443-873-5178 or

Training Workshops

The Jewish Museum of Maryland is pleased to offer opportunities for teachers to participate in an array of professional development workshops throughout the year. Programs can take place at our site or our experienced staff of educators, historians, and curators can travel to another venue to help facilitate programs on the following topics:

  • World Religions and Multiculturalism
  • Jewish-American Life During the Colonial and Civil Wars
  • 19th – 20th Century Immigration History
  • Black & Jewish Relations
  • Baltimore Neighborhoods
  • Genealogy and Oral History
  • Incorporating Primary Sources in the Classroom
Holocaust Education

The Jewish Museum of Maryland partners with the Baltimore Jewish Council to provide workshops exploring various aspects of the Holocaust. Workshops are available for the public, private, and parochial school teachers to promote effective Holocaust education throughout the State of Maryland. The sessions are held both locally at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.. Historical topics and pedagogical techniques are shared in these programs.


Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University

The Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University (BHI) offers an array of continuing education courses, special programs, and community lectures in Judaic studies.  The BHI also provides scholarships for graduate students enrolled in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Communal Service degree programs at Towson University.  For more information, visit

Baltimore Hebrew Institute teaches adult education Hebrew courses (non-credit) in Modern Hebrew (Beginner through Advanced levels) and Biblical Hebrew (Beginner and Advanced levels) at Beth El Congregation in Pikesville.  The link for information and online registration is