Master Teacher Institute in Holocaust Education

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.

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


SUMMER 2019

Two-Day Advanced Seminar in Holocaust Education

History and Memory

July 10-11, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

For teachers who have completed the Bildner Center's one-week course "History of the Holocaust". 

Topics: The Arc of Holocaust Memory,  Holocaust Memory in Israel, Graphic Novels,  and Literature as Memorial

Presenters: 

Barbara Mann, professor of cultural studies and Hebrew Literature and the Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Her areas of expertise include Israeli and Jewish literature, cultural studies, modern poetry, critical theory and urban studies, literary modernism, and the fine arts. Read more.

James E. Young, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, is one of the foremost authorities on memorials. He is the author of The Texture of Memory, among other books; was on the jury of the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition; and has been a consultant on other international memorials.

Yael Zerubavel, a professor emeritus of Jewish studies and history at Rutgers, is the founding director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. She has published extensively in the areas of collective memory, Israeli culture, war and trauma, and symbolic landscapes. She has published widely and is the author of Desert in the Promised Land and Recovered Roots

Colleen Tambuscio, Educational Consultant

Educational Materials, Professional Development Credits, and Lunch provided.

Contact Sarah Portilla to register at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fall 2019

Master Teacher Institute in Holocaust Education
Mini-Course

Refugees During the Nazi Era

Thursdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Open to 6 - 12 grade teachers.

Educational Materials, Professional Development Credits and Lunch provided.

Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, is a pioneer in the recording and study of survivor testimonies. Bildner Visiting Scholar, Bildner Center Fall 2019.

More details to come.

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There is no fee to participate in these 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