The mission of The Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center (HRC) at Rutgers University is to teach future generations about the Holocaust by training educators and providing educational materials to teachers, students, and scholars. Its programs are designed to enhance public awareness of the Holocaust and promote discussion of racism, genocide, discrimination, and the importance of protecting human rights. The HRC is an important part of the Bildner Center’s overall mission of prejudice reduction and outreach to the broader community.
"The Rutgers MTI program offers educators an in-depth approach to studying historical content while emphasizing best practices in teaching history to students today. Educators leave this program with a deeper understanding of the Holocaust through exposure to scholars who are actively engaged in research and they value offering their research to educators currently in the classroom. Finally, the Rutgers MTI enables participants to educate their students to be critical consumers of content." - Colleen Tambuscio Educational Consultant
What participants say about the MTI:
“The teaching of tolerance must be made a priority if our learning community’s cultural diversity is to remain one of our strengths.”
The Master Teacher Institute (MTI) in Holocaust Education is a dynamic advanced training program to develop expert teachers in Holocaust studies who will serve as resource providers in their schools, districts, and communities. The MTI engages teachers in a wide-ranging study of the history of the Holocaust and its remembrance and addresses the complex methodological issues involved in teaching about this subject.
Each semester, the MTI offers a series of five afternoon sessions, organized around a specific topic in Holocaust history or in how the Holocaust has been remembered and represented. These sessions will each feature a presentation by a scholar in Holocaust studies or a related field, followed by a pedagogical workshop using materials related to the scholar’s presentation. Each session generally lasts from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, with a dinner break. In addition, the MTI offers a five-day intensive workshop on the history of the Holocaust during a week in late June.
The MTI now offers its distinguished series of teacher enrichment programs in a new format, designed to enable greater flexibility of participation by more teachers.
Teachers (including alumni of the MTI) can sign up for individual semesters, for which they will receive fifteen professional development hours. Those teachers who wish to be recognized as Master Teachers in Holocaust Studies by the MTI will be required to do the following:
complete a cycle of any four semesters within a period of three years.
take the History of the Holocaust mini-course in June (if teachers have not already taken a college-level course on this topic).
prepare a pedagogical project for their school, under the supervision of the MTI’s pedagogical and academic advisors. Successfully completed projects are eligible for awards to teachers’ schools to help implement the project.
The MTI is open to middle and high school educators teaching in New Jersey. Applicants must have a minimum of three years teaching experience and at least one year of involvement with Holocaust/genocide education.
Please return the completed application to The Bildner Center, 12 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Seminars meet at the Bildner Center. Parking available nearby.
Past presenters include:
Omer Bartov, Brown University • David Engel, New York University • Henry Greenspan, University of Michigan •Jan Gross, Princeton University • Atina Grossman, The New School • Marion Kaplan, New York University •Samuel Kassow, Trinity College • Harry Reicher, University of Pennsylvania •Hanna Yablonka, Yad Vashem & Ben Gurion University