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Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators - EXCITING NEW OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO WASHINGTON ANNOUNCED

MONTREAL, JANUARY 25, 2017 - The Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators has announced an exciting new professional development opportunity for teachers. Applications are now being accepted for The Belfer National Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum July 19 to 21 for English Language Arts teachers and July 23 to 25 for Social Science/History teachers.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. The Museum’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about (the Holocaust’s) unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.

The Belfer National Conference for Educators presents Holocaust education for English Language Arts and Social Studies/History teachers from Grades 6 and up. The goal of the three-day conference is to give educators the tools for teaching about the Holocaust in their classrooms. Teachers will be introduced to information and teaching strategies using

• Museum resources
• Videos, film
• Lectures
• Discussion
• Self-guided tour of the permanent exhibition
• Survivor testimony

The Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators, funds return airfare to Washington and hotel accommodation for the duration of the conference. Applications should be sent to the following not later than March 31, 2017: The Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators, 5485 Pare Street, Suite 200, Montreal, QC H4P 1P7 or electronically to Riva.heft@concordia.ca.

For 11 years, the Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship, Teaching of The Holocaust for Educators, sponsored a three week experience at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Many EMSB teachers travelled to Israel and returned with interesting options for their respective curricula. The teachers took part in a professional development program under the direction of the Faculty of theYad Vashem Seminars for Educators from Abroad, International School for Holocaust Studies. The goal of the program was to provide professional development activities to teachers for teaching about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Each scholarship recipient was asked to create at least one teaching unit or module developed within the context learned, appropriate for the régime pedagogique. For this year, the Hecht’s are serving as liaisons for any applicants who wish to have similar experience. Any applications will be sent directly to Yad Vashem.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca