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.


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

Must be a current 6-12 grade teacher with 3 years teaching experience and 1 year teaching the Holocaust.
If you have any questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Sarah Portilla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Educational Materials, Professional Development Credits and Dinner provided.

Course Description:Debrah Dwork
Debates about the “Refugee Question” shaped government policies and peoples’ lives across the continent of Europe throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The aim of Refugees during the Nazi Era will be to explore the impact of these debates on the lives of individual asylum seekers. What were the national and international responses to communists, anti-Nazi intellectuals, and Jews targeted by Hitler’s Third Reich? How did people manage to flee? What were their lives like when they reached their host country? And how does this history help us understand the news we hear today?

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.

Registration is now closed.
If you are still interested in attending, please contact Sarah Portilla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

Testimonials

"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.”

- Zhanna Pikman Rilof

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