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National Educators Institute 2021

The Art and Science of Teaching Jewish History in America
August 16-18, 2021 (online)

Exclusively for Educators
Registration required
12-4 pm ET (9am-1pm PT) Daily
Fee: $50

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*Important note*
The registration form and the payment form are two separate forms–you must complete both

What is it?

Participants have described the experience as “eye opening.”
They “were BLOWN AWAY by the depth of knowledge and passion for the subject!” and left with “have so much more to offer” their students.

This online seminar and workshop, now in its fifth year, will 1) expand how you understand and teach the American Jewish experience: past, present, and future; 2) introduce new ways to stimulate your students’ curiosity and critical thinking through inquiry-based learning; and 3) provide a space to engage with top scholars and practitioners in the field and develop professional connections with fellow teachers.

Using the Museum’s innovative curriculum, OpenBook: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects, to make the study of history engaging, relevant, and tangible, the Institute focuses on methods that increase students’ ability to interpret primary sources, encourage rich dialogues in your classrooms, and help you build empathy among students.

Who conducts the training?

The Institute is directed by Ronit Lusky (NMAJH), and leading scholars of Jewish history and education Dr. Benjamin M. Jacobs (George Washington University) and Dr. Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis University).

During the Institute, you will connect with leading scholars and experts in education as well as experiential learning and innovative instructional methods. Confirmed speakers include

  • Dr. Jonathan Sarna (NMAJH Chief Historian, Brandeis University)
  • Dr. Kirsten Fermaglich (Michigan State University)
  • Dr. Laura Leibman (Reed College)
  • Dr. Adam Mendelsohn (University of Cape Town)
  • Dr. Devin Naar (University of Washington)
  • Dr. Josh Perelman (NMAJH)
  • Dr. Annie Polland (Tenement Museum)
  • Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit (George Washington University)
  • More to be announced!

Who should register?

Any educator, curriculum developer, and/or administrator who wants to explore American history through a Jewish lens in their classrooms, particularly those working with 5th–12th graders. Disciplines might include (but are not limited to) U.S. history, social studies, Jewish studies, humanities, English language arts, and the arts.

Participation and fees

To create a powerful cohort learning experience, we ask for your participation in all Institute activities. The sessions will be held from 12-4 pm ET daily (9am-1pm PT). The fee for all lectures and workshops, and full access to NMAJH’s educational resources and online collection, is only $50!

Register today and join a growing network of educators around the country who use the Museum as a vital resource!

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This initiative was made possible in part by funds granted by The Covenant Foundation; the statements made and views expressed, however, are solely the responsibility of the Museum. Leadership funding for NEI provided by the Lasko Family Foundation and an anonymous national foundation. Additional support provided by the Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Foundation, Michele and Jeffrey Brotman, Robin and Bradford Klatt, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and Norma z”l and Abe z”l Shanzer.