Summer Teachers Institute 2021

Summer Teachers Institute

It’s hard to believe it, but this August will be my 6th Teachers Institute with the Jewish Museum of Maryland (my first one was the Summer Teachers Institute 2018: Primary Sources in the Classroom when I had just begun at JMM as an Education and Programs intern). Our Teachers Institutes are professional development opportunities for teachers, educators, administrators, and other school staff to learn about the best practices of Holocaust education. Over the past six institutes, I’ve learned so much about the best practices of teaching about the Holocaust, and I’ve also been introduced to powerful primary sources that can be brought into the classroom as well as informative and accessible secondary resources.

This year’s virtual Summer Teachers Institute has a different focus: American Discrimination During the Holocaust Era.

Over the course of the three days, teachers will have the opportunity to learn the historical content and the lasting legacies of American discrimination, prejudice, and racism in the 1930s and 1940s. Teachers will learn about Jim Crow laws, Mexican Repatriation, Antisemitic conspiracy theories, and Japanese American internment and concentration camps, as well as the best practices for bringing these challenging and traumatic historical topics into their classrooms in a way that promotes anti-bias classrooms and students’ social-emotional learning. Attending teachers will be guided by incredible expert organizations including the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, the Japanese American National Museum, the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, the National WWII Museum, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

If you are interested in attending, or a know an educator who might be, this year’s virtual Summer Teachers Institute will take place from Monday, August 9th – Wednesday, August 11th from 9:00 AM 3:30 PM each day on the Zoom platform. The registration fee for this program is $25.00, and registration is first come, first served. To register please fill out the form at this link:

Have questions? Please contact Ilene Dackman-Alon at

This program is possible due to the generous support of Judy and Jerry Macks, and the Joan and Joseph Klein, Jr. Foundation. 


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