The New Mexico Holocaust Museum and Gellert Center for Education (NMHM) is committed to using Holocaust education as the foundation for building understanding about human rights and social justice issues and creating empathy for those impacted by these issues. We encourage each and every student to become an upstander, a person who speaks or acts in support of an individual or cause, particularly someone who intervenes on behalf of a person being attacked or bullied.
NMHM provides education resources, curriculum, lesson plans, and arts integrated programs for student participation. These resources reflect our Holocaust exhibits, the African American and Native American experiences, and the genocide of Christian minorities by the Ottoman Empire as well as other acts of bigotry and hate.
• Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
“Our collection of K-12 curricula include timely lessons plans and multi-grade units that promote critical thinking and assist educators in teaching current events topics through the lens of diversity, bias and social justice.“ Arranged by grade and topic the site is extremely user friendly. The site is contemporary and does a magnificent job in linking current events to the social injustices of the past. Lessons and units are easily modified it time constraints are a concern.
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• Echoes and Reflections
According to the International School for Holocaust Education, Echoes and 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. The Echoes and Reflections program partners with the ADL, Yad Vashem and the Shoah Foundation to provide middle and high school educators the confidence, skills and resources necessary to teach the Holocaust in a comprehensive and meaningful way.
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• Facing History and Ourselves
This site is easy to navigate and materials are arranged by topics which include: Democracy and Civic Engagement, Race in US History, Justice and Human Rights, Anti-Semitism and Religious Intolerance, Bullying and Ostracism, Global Immigration, Genocide and Mass Violence, and the Holocaust. The goal is to help educators “find compelling classroom resources, learn new teaching methods, meet standards, and make a difference in the lives of the students.”
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• Teaching Tolerance Classroom Resources
Teaching Tolerance is the educational division of the Southern Poverty Law Center and provides resources, video kits and student-centered lessons for educators to use in the classroom. “From film kits and lesson plans to the building blocks of a customized Learning Plan—texts, student tasks and teaching strategies—our resources will help you bring relevance, rigor and social emotional learning into your classroom—all for FREE.”
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• Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance
The Center and the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) actively engage in educating the next generation as to the horrors of the Holocaust and confronting bias in all its forms. It offers a full array of lesson plans and resources for educators. The Museum of Tolerance also offers a unique opportunity to connect with a survivor through its Bridging the Gap video-conferencing program. While the downloadable teacher’s guide focuses on bridging the gap between a museum visit and the classroom, the grade specific lessons are applicable without a museum visit. The overarching themes are: Power of Words, Dynamics and Discrimination, Pursuit of Democracy and Diversity, and Personal Responsibility.
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• United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Museum provides Holocaust “education resources tailored for classroom use—films, lesson plans, and curricular materials. In addition, there is guidance on sound teaching strategies and information about professional development opportunities.” The four-part video Path to Genocide is a great resource and provides students with an overview of the historical context into this time period.
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• USC Shoah Foundation
The USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education offers a variety of programs and resources for teachers. From downloadable lessons that are classroom ready to documentary films and professional development programs, we are helping teachers use testimony in their classrooms around the world.
Whether the Institute is offering a digital lesson plan, a 90-minute seminar, or a week-long training session, all of its professional development programming focuses on how to tap into the potential of testimony to achieve cognitive and affective learning in students. The Institute’s focus is on broad universal learning outcomes and their relevance to today’s youth, rather than a specific historical or disciplinary focus.
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• Yad Vashem the World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Yad Vashem is based in Jerusalem, Israel is the ultimate source for Holocaust education, documentation and research. The Museum and Remembrance Center are based on the four pillars of Remembrance: Commemoration, Documentation, Research and Education. The International School for Holocaust Studies “produces educational materials for a variety of target populations and educational organizations in Israel and abroad. These materials are written according to our Pedagogical Philosophy, which stresses an age-appropriate, multi-disciplinary approach to Holocaust education.” Lessons and videos on teaching the holocaust through art and poetry are unique to this site.
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