Conversation Builds Character works in partnership with a variety of educational organizations that will support educators, and provide resources and programs that promote character development and foster the deep reflection and communication skills needed to build a stronger society.
Democracy at Risk: The Holocaust and Human Behavior
June 2 – 4, 2020
In partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA and EducationPlus, St. Louis, MO
In today’s global climate, the urgency of sustaining democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence is more pressing than ever.
This seminar integrates restorative practices with the focus on community building circles in the midst of studying the Holocaust and human behavior. Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history, while fostering their skills in ethical and moral reasoning, critical analysis, empathy and civic engagement – all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy.
In this workshop you will:
- Experience and learn how to facilitate community building circles
- Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and the bias
- Increase your ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
- Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
- Engage with a classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
After this workshop, you will become part of the Facing History educator network, which allows you access to a rich slate of educator resources, and be able to borrow books and DVDs through their online lending library at no cost. You will also receive ongoing timely teaching resources relative to current day events.