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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Points Towards Recertification
From Nationally Recognized Holocaust Historians
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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.
- 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:
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.
- (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:
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 application fee will be reimbursed with successful completion of all class requirements.
Up to 5 teachers currently teaching in a Southwest Virginia County or City looking to attend one of the courses may receive a full class scholarship, which includes: the course fee, hotel/housing, meals, and transportation costs!
Which Counties are Eligible? Bedford, Botetourt, Bland, (City of) Bristol, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, (City of) Lynchburg, Montgomery, (City of) Norton, Patrick, Pulaski, (City of) Radford, Roanoke, (City of) Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe.
Please note you must be teaching in one of the counties listed for the 2019-20 school year to be eligible. If you don't see your county listed (and are teaching in Southwest Virginia), you may still be eligible to receive a scholarship. Please contact Megan Ferenczy to see if you qualify.
Southwest VA Teacher sponsorships funded by a generous grant from the McGlothlin Foundation.
Alexander Lebenstein, OBM
Alexander Lebenstein in Haltern Am See, Germany
Alexander Lebenstein, 1945
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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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 more how to make a charitable gift to the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute today!