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Conference for Holocaust Education Centers

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Established in 2014, the Conference for Holocaust Education Centers (CHEC) has created an engaged network among its current 48 Holocaust center partners. Every two years, the CHEC brings education staff members from up to 15 Holocaust organizations to the USHMM to learn about Museum resources, teaching guidelines, and pedagogical models. CHEC encourages participating centers to consider their goals for teacher professional development, the needs of their local communities, and how to integrate USHMM resources and approaches to support these goals.

During the conference, each participating center educator will be paired with a USHMM Teacher Fellow. Together, they will work toward designing and running a follow-up teacher professional development program at each center’s respective location, with the support of the USHMM and to highlight both organizations’ resources. By doing so, teachers who attend the follow-up program will come away with resources at the regional and national level to provide quality Holocaust education in their classrooms. After the two-year cohort is completed, centers in the CHEC network remain engaged with the Museum as they continue working together to address challenges of and opportunities within Holocaust education, memory, and awareness.

By working together with Holocaust centers around the country, the Museum ensures that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of education in the US and strengthens students’ critical thinking skills about their roles in society.

Applications

Please check back in September 2021 for the CHEC 2022 application and updates.  If you have any questions, contact Christina Chavarria at cchavarria@ushmm.org.

Eligibility

Organizations that have provided annual teacher professional development opportunities on the Holocaust for at least five years are eligible. The following qualify as eligible organizations:

  • Holocaust museums

  • Holocaust memorials

  • Holocaust state councils or commissions

  • Jewish federations or community relations councils who have staff dedicated to providing professional on the Holocuast on an annual basis to area schools (art and writing contest sponsors who do not provide teacher professional development are not eligible)

  • School districts with programming and staff dedicated to providing specific professional development on the Holocaust on an annual basis

  • Holocaust resource centers (independent or connected to a synagogue, federation, or council)

  • Holocaust centers based at colleges and universities that train current classroom teachers annually

  • Museums and memorials that convey histories that intersect with Holocaust history and provide annual teacher professional development that includes Holocaust history content.

Centers by Region

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Mid-Atlantic

Maryland
Jewish Museum of Maryland; Baltimore, MD 

North Carolina
East Carolina University; Greenville, NC
North Carolina Council on the Holocaust; Raleigh, NC

Pennsylvania
Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA
Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation; Philadelphia, PA

Virginia
Virginia Holocaust Museum; Richmond, VA
Holocaust Education Foundation of Central Virginia; Staunton, VA

Midwest

Colorado
Colorado Holocaust Educators Network; Denver, CO

Idaho
Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial; Boise, ID

Illinois
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center; Skokie, IL 
The Holocaust Education Foundation; Evanston, IL

Indiana
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center; Terre Haute, IN

Iowa
University of Northern Iowa Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education; Cedar Falls, IA

Kansas
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education; Overland Park, KS

Missouri
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center; St. Louis, MO 

Nebraska
Institute for Holocaust Education; Omaha, NE

Ohio
Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center; Cincinnati, OH

Wisconsin
Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center; Milwaukee, WI

Northeast

Connecticut
Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach Center; Farmington, CT

Massachusetts
Bristol Holocaust and Genocide Center—Bristol Community College; Fall River, MA
Salem State University Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies; Salem, MA

New Jersey
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education—College of St. Elizabeth; Morristown, NJ 
Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Education—Brookdale Community College; Lincroft, NJ 

New York 
Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County; Glen Cove, NY 
Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo; Williamsville, NY 

Southeast

Alabama
Birmingham Holocaust Education Center; Birmingham, AL
Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education; Mobile, AL

Florida
Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach; Miami Beach, FL
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida; Maitland, FL
Florida Holocaust Museum; St. Petersburg, FL
University of Miami/Miami Dade County Public Schools; Miami, FL
Palm Beach County Schoools; West Palm Beach, FL

Georgia
Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University; Kennesaw, GA
Georgia Commission on the Holocaust; Atlanta, GA 

Tennessee
Tennessee Holocaust Commission; Nashville, TN

Texas
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum; Dallas, TX
Holocaust Museum Houston; Houston, TX
Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission; Austin, TX 
Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio; San Antonio, TX 

Western

Arizona
Scottsdale Community College; Scottsdale, AZ

California
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; Los Angeles, CA
Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education—Chapman University; Orange, CA
Central Valley Holocaust Educators Network; Sacramento, CA

Oregon
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education; Portland, OR 

Washington
Holocaust Center for Humanity; Seattle, WA

Canada

Ontario
Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto; Toronto, CA