Master Teacher Institute in Holocaust Education

MTI TeachersThe 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.

The MTI is open to middle and high school educators who are currently teaching. Applicants must have a minimum of one year teaching experience and at least one year of involvement with Holocaust/genocide education.


Spring 2022

Teacher Workshop

Jewish Childhood in KrakowJewish Childhood in Krakow
Wednesday, February 2, 4:30 PM

Virtually through Zoom


Historian, Dr. Joanna Silwa, discusses her new book, Jewish Childhood in Kraków. The book illuminates Holocaust history from the perspective of Jewish children’s experiences. A focus on children, the symbol of hope and future for the Jews, and a threat to the Nazi racial community, reveals what this age group witnessed and how the Holocaust affected young Jews.

Educators: 

Joanna SliwaDr. Joanna Sliwa, Historian and Archivist, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; Veteran MTI instructor and faculty advisor; Author of Jewish Childhood in Kraków (Rutgers University Press, 2021).

Listen to the author’s brief introduction to the book -  2021 AJS Honors Its Authors - Joanna Sliwa


Colleen TambuscioColleen Tambuscio, Founder and President, New Jersey Council of Holocaust Educators; Award-winning teacher and pedagogical consultant to the MTI for nearly twenty years.



Register by January 26.

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For more information contact Sarah Portilla at 848-932-4166 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There is no fee to participate in the MTI programs.

The MTI prepares teachers to:
  • Teach the Holocaust with primary documents
  • Teach Holocaust literature
  • Teach the Holocaust with film, photography, art, and other media
  • Prepare students for visits to Holocaust exhibits
  • Teach about the Holocaust within the broader framework of other genocides, prejudice, and intolerance

Participating teachers receive:
  • Resource materials for classroom use and professional enrichment
  • Access to leading scholars of the Holocaust
  • Assistance in curriculum development from experts in Holocaust pedagogy
  • Access to supportive teacher network
  • Access to Shoah Visual History Archive

For further information please call Sarah Portilla at 848-932-4165. For updates and announcements of related programs, please join our teacher email list.


Past presenters include:

James Young, University of Massachusettes, Amherst • 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  and Ben- Gurion University