2019 Registration

Deadline for registration is May 24, 2019. If you have any questions regarding TEI, please email Megan Ferenczy, Director of Education of the VHM at mferenczy@vaholocaust.org.

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.

Course #1: From Context to Classroom

With the successful completion of this 10-day course and its requirements you can earn up to 90 Recertification Points. Sessions focus on the Holocaust’s historical background and pedagogy which link to the Virginia Standards of Learning requirements. The first five days of the class are online and educators work at their own pace to complete primary source reading and writing response assignments. The last five days are at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Educators attend historian-lead lectures to learn about practices and resources that you can use in the classroom when teaching the Holocaust.

Course Dates:

  • Week 1 (Online Session): Monday, June 17–Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Week 2 (at the VHM): Monday, June 24–Friday, June 28, 2019 | 8:30 AM–5:00PM

From Context to Classroom is open to teachers who have never completed the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute. You must fully participate in both week one and week two in order to complete course requirements.

Tuition for Course #1: $50

NEW! Course #2: Genocide in the 20th Century

With the successful completion of this 5-day course and its requirements you can earn up to 45 recertification points. Educators will have the opportunity to learn and interpret essential info about the causes and impacts of genocidal acts. Pedagogical tools will be given for use in multiple disci­plines so that educators can assist students with making connections between the past and the present through their knowledge of genocide.

Course Dates:

  • (At the VHM) Monday, July 15–Friday, July 19, 2019 | 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Genocide in the 20th Century is open to teachers who have and have not completed the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute.

Tuition for Course #2: $30

The Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute is recommended for middle and high school educators that would like to or currently teach the Holocaust in their classrooms. Longwood University’s Professional Studies Office utilizes the descriptions for Renewal Options in the Virginia Licensure Renewal Manual to suggest appropriate professional development points but advises all participants earning those points to work with their educational employing agency to verify and classify each course offered. 

For your application to be complete, you will need a recommendation from your principal, department head or curriculum specialist, which you can send below.


The Teacher Education Institute is named in honor of Alexander Lebenstein (OBM) a Holocaust survivor who was committed to Holocaust education through the sharing of his experiences in Nazi Germany.

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