Posted on September 16th, 2016 by Rachel
If you ask the education department at the JMM, they will tell you that the end of the summer is officially over after the Summer Teachers Institute (STI) takes place in early August. For the past 10 years, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Baltimore Jewish Council have partnered in planning this annual event. We just finished up another successful program, Holocaust Remembrance Through the Arts, the 10th Annual Summer Teachers Institute in early August.
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:
Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
Robert H. & Ryda Levi Center for Community Relations
Center for Jewish Education
Jewish Community Center
Red Cross of Central Maryland
Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Hillel at Goucher College
The Shoah Foundation
Beth El Congregation
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Maryland State Department of Education
Echoes & Reflections
The Jan Karski Foundation
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.”
Summer Teachers Institute 2015
Posted on February 18th, 2014 by Rachel
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Posted on August 15th, 2013 by Rachel
The JMM convened our annual Summer Teachers Institute on July 29 at Chizuk Amuno Congregation. This three-day program focusing on Holocaust education was devoted to the theme, Confronting Genocide: Heroism During the Holocaust. The following are program highlights:
For our first day, we invited Wanda Urbanska of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation to speak about Jan Karski, a Polish diplomat who tried to alert world leaders about the horrors of the Holocaust. Her presentation included a review of the complex history of Poland as well as details of the dramatic exploits of Jan Karski which included smuggling himself into the Lodz Ghetto as well as a transit camp where he witnessed first-hand Nazi atrocities towards Jews.
Participants listening to Wanda Urbanski’s presentation.
Thanks to the generosity of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, each participant received a copy of Karski’s book, Story of a Secret State, published originally in 1944. An afternoon presentation by educator Jonathan Willis demonstrated how teachers can create lesson plans based on the book that integrate Common Core standards.
In the afternoon, teachers were riveted as World War II veteran Sol Goldstein shared his experiences in such seminal events as the D-Day landing, the Battle of the Bulge, and the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
For many teachers, it was the first time that they had heard testimony from a liberator and his presentation complemented the morning presentation and emphasized the theme of “Heroism During the Holocaust.”
We spent our second day in Washington, DC at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition to viewing the permanent exhibit, we also were able to tour a new exhibit Some Were Neighbors: Complicity and Collaboration During the Holocaust. This powerful exhibition documents the actions of ordinary individuals – not Nazis – who participated in a wide range of terrible acts against Jews including looting Jewish businesses, purchasing stolen property at auctions, and even taking part in the shooting squads of Jews in Eastern Europe. One of the most powerful features of the exhibition are interviews with Jewish survivors who talk about how their former friends and neighbors turned on them as well as with non-Jews who describe their participation in the Holocaust as train conductors and shooting squad members.
An afternoon presentation by USHMM scholar, Dr. Ann Millin, focused on an on-line resource created as a companion to the exhibition. Dr. Millin demonstrated many valuable features of the website which includes a vast array of educational resources.
The last day of the workshop took place at the JMM. Teachers toured our historic synagogues as well as one of our exhibits, Zap! Pow! Bam! which provided context for our two morning sessions. Poly High School teacher Joshua Headly facilitated a session on teaching the graphic novel Maus in the classroom which was followed up by a presentation by Kristin Schenning, education director at the Maryland Historical Society, on the topic of propaganda.
The day concluded with survivor testimony by Edith Cord who was a hidden child during the Holocaust.
Once again we were delighted by the response and feedback we received from teachers. Comments such as “Thank you for making me think deeply about the Holocaust and how to teach it” and “I feel better equipped to tackle the daunting task of teaching the Shoah” demonstrate the extent to which our Summer Teachers Institute provides a high quality educational experience for teachers. The JMM is grateful to our program partners: The Baltimore Jewish Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and Chizuk Amuno Congregation; and we are most appreciative of the ongoing support of our generous sponsors, Judy and Jerry Macks.
This year’s group of participating educators was outstanding, true superheroes!
A blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts by Deborah, click here.