A lot of planning goes into this program each year. While initially conceived in 2006 as a two day program, our annual Summer Teachers Institute has expanded to encompass three full days. The planning staff from the JMM and BJC meets throughout the year to conceptualize and develop the program. It takes quite a bit of phone calls and meetings to organize this event. This year the program took place at Beth El Congregation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the JMM.
Summer Teachers Institute 2016
This year’s program with 43 people in attendance was one of our largest in recent years. While we did engage repeat participants, the majority of registrants (29) were first time attendees. We appreciated having the opportunity to introduce the JMM to so many educators, many of whom indicated an interest in returning with their students.
The following is a breakdown of attendance:
19 public schools (14 Baltimore City, 3 Baltimore County, 1 Harford County, 1 Frederick County)
7 Catholic school
1 Independent school
3 college professors (Towson)
2 retired Baltimore City teachers
1 homeschool teacher
4 Jewish congregational school
2 students (1 college, 1 middle school who attended with her mother)
4 community leaders (including two JMM volunteers)
Total: 43 participants
The Summer Teacher’s Institute has been such an important education initiative and professional development opportunity for educators over the past 10 years and it is interesting to see just how this program has impacted teachers and the community over the past ten years.
Total Number of Teachers Participating in STI for the past 10 years – 429
Total Number of Presenters Participating in STI for the past 10 years – 86
Total Number of Teachers Teaching in Public School Programs over the span 10 years – 220
Total number of Teachers who Teach in Parochial Schools over the span of 10 years – 64 (50- archdiocese; 14-Jewish)
Total Number of non-k-12 educators who attended the program in the past 10 years – 145 (Including university professionals, agencies, funders, private schools, homeschools etc.)
Summer Teachers Institute 2010
A further breakdown of teachers by district:
Archdiocese – 50
Jewish Schools – 14
Baltimore City – 102
Baltimore County – 46
Harford County – 21
Howard County – 10
Frederick County – 8
Carroll County -15
Garrett County -1
Cecil – 2
Prince Georges County 7
Montgomery – 2
Calvert County – 1
Anne Arundel County -5
Summer Teachers Institute 2006
A closer look over the past 10 years indicates that we have partnered with many agencies and organizations to ensure the success of this important program including:
We are especially grateful to our program sponsors, Judy and Jerry Macks and the Klein Sandler Family Fund for their sustained generosity and support of this important education initiative.Evaluation of the Summer Teacher’s Institute is crucial and every year we ask teachers for their feedback.Many teachers receive continuing education credits through MSDE through written reflections outlining how they will incorporate workshop content into their lessons. A review of these reflections provides a window for understanding its impact on participants in terms of increasing their confidence in teaching the Holocaust and other challenging topics as well as on their own personal growth. In the words of one participant:
“So many stories go untold. We have such a responsibility to share these stories, these people, with this generation. I am so grateful for the work done to restore these memories and tireless effort to prevent future genocide. I only hope my effort of partnership through education helps that cause.”
Last week, the JMM held its 11th Annual Summer Teachers Institute (STI) in partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Maryland State Department of Education. STI is a professional development opportunity for teachers in the area of Holocaust Education. The goal of the program is to give educators the opportunity to meet with scholars and experts who are in the trenches of teaching best practices of Holocaust education. The topic of the Holocaust is so vast, and over the years we have touched on topics of Persecution to Liberation, Rescue and Resistance and Propaganda. This year’s topic was Art and Remembrance-and teachers learned how the Arts were such an integral part of how many survived through the dark period of WWII and the reign of the Nazis.
Summer Teachers Institute 2016
We had phenomenal presenters this year at STI. Our last day of the seminar included a presentation by Bernice Steinhardt, Executive Director of Art and Remembrance, who spoke about the beautiful tapestries made by her mother Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. We heard testimony from Mrs. Golda Kalib and we had master teachers in area schools share lessons on the Holocaust they use in their own classrooms.
My favorite presentation on Wednesday was from Gail Prensky and Sarah Baumgarten, and The Jüdische Kulturbund Project. From 1933-1941, the Jewish Kulturbund (Jüdischer Kulturbund), consisting of thousands of members at its peak, performed in 42 theatres across Germany. When the Kulturbund closed, some members emigrated or went into hiding; most were sent to the camps. This is a little-known story of the power of music, resiliency of the human spirit, and will to survive. The Jüdische Kulturbund Project work with educators and music specialists to produce materials and engaging experiences for the classroom.
Gail and Sarah facilitated a very engaging session for teachers. The mood and scene that these educators set for teachers was tremendous. For more than 30 minutes, the JMM sounded like a classroom of students, engaged and having fun exploring their environment. The intention of the program was to explore issues resulting from the choice artists make everyday living under oppression. The goals of the program was to encourage discussion amongst the teachers about social and cultural history, theatre, and music- and encouraging educators to think of how the story the Jüdische Kulturbund is relevant today.
Following the session, Gail shared the video that she took of the teachers having a terrific time engaged in learning. Enjoy.
A blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.
Have you ever noticed this bronze sculpture, sitting in the corner of the lobby near the entrance of the Museum? JMM 1989.143.1
The sculpture was made by Dina Lee Steiner, a Baltimorean and prominent artist whose works are in private and public collections throughout the world. Steiner and Stuart J. Cordage, gifted the work to the Museum in memory of the sculptor’s parents and brother: Ida, Maurice and Henry Steiner.
The plaque reads: Henrietta Szold 1860-1945 born in Baltimore where she founded the first night school for immigrants; she gave the world Hadassah; and Youth Aliyah.
Henrietta was the eldest daughter of Rabbi Benjamin Szold, the spiritual leader of Baltimore’s Temple Oheb Shalom. Throughout her life, Henrietta was committed to helping those who were in need. Szold’s many contributions included establishing a night school in Baltimore for new immigrants and the creation of Hadassah, a national Zionist women’s organization devoted to improving health care in Palestine that is still in existence today. She spent her later years living in Palestine where she was involved in the rescue of European Jewish children during World War II through her work with Youth Aliyah, an initiative that helped resettle and educate Jewish youth in Palestine.
In 1909 Szold and her mother travelled to Palestine, which led to a life-changing experience that would bring a major change and direction in her life. Horrified by the lack of medical resources and treatment available to Jewish women and children, Szold became committed to improving the social welfare systems in Palestine.
Szold’s strong will and determination inspired thousands of American women to embrace Zionism and advocate for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Hundreds of women joined Daughters of Zion (which in 1912 became Hadassah) chapters throughout the country.
Henrietta Szold with a class of nurses, December 21, 1921, Jerusalem. JMM 1989.79.24
Henrietta Szold’s story serves as a wonderful companion to the exhibit and provides additional interpretation about the role that American Jewish women played in improving healthcare in Palestine.
We invite you to join us on Thursday evening, September 22nd, when JMM will debut the incredible story of a rabbi’s daughter who broke from the traditional roles of women during the 19th century, to help strengthen her people, at home and abroad.
An advocate for education, Zionism, and health care, Henrietta Szold was a champion of community organizing and Jewish engagement and our own “Hometown Heroine. The Henrietta Szold Story will offer audience members a unique educational experience that will appeal to diverse audiences—including students and adult groups—from across the state and region.
Playwright Dale Jones and Making History Connections and actress Natalie Smith have embraced Szold’s own words and stories to tell the gripping tale of a hero whose tenacity and courage played a vital role in the expansion of social services, medical services and the founding of the state of Israel.
The Szold living history character is presented in conjunction with Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America. Find out more at www.chickensoupexhibit.org.
Funding for the Henrietta Szold Living History project was provided by the Kolker-Saxon –Hallock Family Foundation, Inc. supporting foundation of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
The educational program for the Henrietta Szold living History Project is funded through the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund for the Enrichment of Jewish Education of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
For more information about the Henrietta Szold Living History project, contact JMM’s Director of Education, Ilene Dackman-Alon at firstname.lastname@example.org