Professional Development opportunities for school systems and school staffs are on-going and can be tailored to the needs of your educational community. A few possibilities within the Virginia Holocaust Museum are:

  • Full day workshops including a tour of the VHM and workshop focusing on the teaching of the Holocaust.
  • Half day workshops including a tour of the VHM and an overview of available educational materials and opportunities for students
  • Workshops delivered by special guests


The Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute

The Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute assists educators with their understanding of the Holocaust and genocide. Sessions focus on historical background and pedagogy which link to the Virginia Standards of Learning requirements. TEI is offered in partnership with Longwood University and is funded through generous teacher sponsorships.
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Law Enforcement: Examining Ethics and Leadership

Law Enforcement:  Ethics and Leadership Program focuses on the role of law enforcement during the Holocaust and the role that law enforcement plays in today’s society.  This 4 hour program is ideal for law enforcement at the local, state and federal level and includes:

  • A guided Museum tour
  • Presentation and discussion of the role of law enforcement in the Nazi State
  • An examination on the role of law enforcement in contemporary society

If you are interested in booking this program contact us here.

Upcoming Programs

Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy: The Holocaust as a Case Study

Tuesday, August 31, 4pm-5:30pm

Media literacy skills have become essential for young people to successfully navigate and critically assess the ever-increasing amount of information they receive throughout their day — on social media, advertisements, television, and fi lm. Therefore, it is crucial for students to comprehend and identify how media, both historically and in contemporary society, can be used as a tool to incite hate and violence against certain groups.This learning opportunity examines the events of the Holocaust through the lens of media, by examining propaganda deployed by the Nazis to discriminate against Jews and other minorities. Educators will gain the tools to facilitate classroom discussions on the role and impact of Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust and support their students to critically analyze media in today’s world.

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Violins of Hope: Music, Memory, and Resistance during the Holocaust

Wednesday, September 22, 4pm-5:30pm

Educators will examine the diversity and richness of Jewish culture in Europe before the war, including the importance of music in the lives of many Jews. There will also be a focus on how music continued to be a part of Jewish life even during Nazi oppression. Educators will be encouraged to think broadly about the idea of resistance: while some resisted Nazi tyranny by taking up arms, many others resisted using “weapons of the spirit,” including music. This online workshop is in conjunction with the Museum’s temporary exhibit, “Violins of Hope.” This professional development is free for educators and includes Facing History and Ourselves resources. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

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Sponsor a TEI Teacher

Help us teach the lessons learned from the Holocaust to students across Virginia and beyond. Please help us improve our teachers’ ability to connect with their students on this vital subject. Learn how you can make a charitable gift to the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute today.

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