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 Workshop Helps Educators Connect Refugee Crisis with Holocaust

As the world struggles with the largest refugee crisis since World War II, an upcoming learning opportunity can help teachers work with students to make connections and build understanding of the crisis by studying the Holocaust.

Connecting the Past with Today is a unique, one-day workshop for secondary teachers presented by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) in partnership with Echoes & Reflections and the Anti-Defamation League.

"This workshop enlightened me," said a high school history teacher who has participated. "The content allows for connections to be made across time and place."

Through this program, educators will:

  • Explore a sound pedagogy for the planning and implementation of Holocaust education in the classroom
  • Enhance personal knowledge about the Holocaust, and specifically the plight of Jewish refugees
  • Discover and utilize multimedia assets and Identify opportunities to connect the lessons of the Holocaust with today's refugee crisis.

Teachers who attend the workshop will have resources that they can immediately bring back to students in the classroom, said Matt Hayes, history-social science coordinator with SDCOE.

The lessons fit in with the History-Social Science Framework by helping students understand how situations in the past connect with current events, Hayes said.

"This is helping students see the relevance in issues that we're grappling with today," he said.

Echoes & Reflections is the premier source for Holocaust educational materials and dynamic content, empowering teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future. By examining Echoes & Reflections' primary and secondary sources that shed light on the barriers to immigration and the unwillingness of the free world to accept refugees during the Holocaust, students can begin to make meaningful connections to similar issues affecting people and nations today.

The Connecting the Past with Today workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Annex C at SDCOE's main campus, 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. It's the only time this program will be offered this school year.

Click here for more information or to register.