2020 Registration

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 5-day course and its requirements you can earn up to 45 Recertification Points. Sessions focus on the Holocaust’s historical background and pedagogy which link to the Virginia Standards of Learning requirements. Educators attend historian-lead lectures to learn about practices and resources that you can use in the classroom when teaching the Holocaust.

Course Dates: June 22nd - June 26th 2020

From Context to Classroom is open to teachers who have never completed the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute. You must fully participate in all five days of the class and successfully complete a final project in order to complete course requirements and receive a certificate of completion.

Tuition for Course #1: $30 FREE*

*The application fee will be reimbursed with successful completion of all class requirements.

Course #2: Exploring Thematic Concepts of the Holocaust

With the successful completion of this 5-day course and its requirements, you can earn up to 45 recertification points. Sessions build upon participants existing knowledge of the Holocaust and take in depth examination of Holocaust history and pedagogy. The week will focus specific themes such as gender, ideology, ethics and justice. Educators attend historian-lead lecturers at the Virginian Holocaust Museum to learn about practices and resources that you can use in the classroom when teaching the Holocaust.

Course Dates: July 20th-24th 2020

Exploring Thematic Concepts of the Holocaust is open to teachers who have and have not completed the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute. It is strongly recommended that you have previously attended Holocaust focused professional developments as this class takes an advanced look at the history of the Holocaust.

Tuition for Course #2: $30 FREE*

*The application fee will be reimbursed with successful completion of all class requirements.

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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