Teaching the Holocaust for Social Justice: The New Mexico Summer Satellite for Educators
This seminar, conducted with the support of The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), is intended to reach educators from schools across the state who are looking for meaningful ways to teach the Holocaust and other events that reflect intolerance and persecution. Participants will learn about the history of the Holocaust from exemplary lessons presented by seminar leaders and lectures by specialists in the field. They will also have the opportunity to hear the first-person testimony of a Holocaust survivor and to visit the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum.
Toward the end of the seminar, focus will turn to the diverse peoples of New Mexico. A farewell dinner will take place at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, while teachers explore questions related to the history of New Mexico and the importance of social justice. Throughout the five days, the program will focus on the development of meaningful lesson plans that enable teachers to meet common core requirements at the middle and high school levels.
Since 2003, Leslie Lawner has taught Language Arts and Social Studies to students in grades 6 through 8 at Sidney Gutierrez Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, where she also offers an 8-week unit on the Holocaust to the 7th grade. She was a participant in the Belfer Conference at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is a member of the Tecolote Group at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. A long-time teaching fellow in the High Plains Writing Project, Leslie attended the Memorial Library New York Summer Seminar in 2008. She received the New Mexico Charter School Teachers of the Year Award in 2010.
Susan Quintana, a 29-year teaching veteran, teaches Humanities, Mock Trial, World History, and 20th Century Genocide History at Pojoaque Valley High School, in Pojoaque, New Mexico. She is a United States Holocaust Memorial Fellow and a Golden Apple recipient. Susan attended the Memorial Library New York Summer Seminar in 2012. She is passionate about social justice issues as they resonate today in classrooms and communities in New Mexico.