Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: The Maryland Holocaust Educators Network Summer Institute for Teachers
Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: The Maryland Holocaust Educators Network Summer Institute for Teachers gathers a cadre of 20 middle school through university-level educators from across the Mid-Atlantic region to study the Holocaust and genocide in the context of local civil rights and social justice issues. Participants will witness, study, and collaborate in order to invigorate their teaching of these difficult subjects and bring new approaches into their classrooms. Teachers from any discipline are invited to participate in the competitive application process. They may apply as individuals or as team members, and may represent public, private, or charter schools. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), the seminar – including all books and materials, access to workshops, field trip transportation, and evening events – is free to participants. Most breakfasts and lunches are also provided and extremely low-cost housing options will be available on the Salisbury University campus.
Diana Wagner is a two-time Memorial Library Fellow. Her social justice work spans the areas of GLBTQ equity, school climate, response to hate crimes, and Holocaust and genocide education. Dr. Wagner has been a two-time fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, receiving a prestigious Hess Fellowship in 2015. A professor of education at Salisbury University, she holds a master’s degree in English from Arcadia University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware.
Alexander “Sandy” Pope is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Specialties at Salisbury University. He teaches courses in undergraduate social studies methods, graduate research methods, doctoral diversity education, and civic engagement. Sandy completed his master’s degree in History and in Curriculum & Instruction at Texas State San Marcos and his doctorate in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research investigates, among other things, how students and teachers are active in their communities. The role that social justice plays in student and teacher action forms the basis for most of his teaching and scholarship on Holocaust education.
Sandy was a Memorial Library Fellow in 2014 and a leadership fellow in 2016. He attended the 2014 Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators summer fellows program at the USHMM. Sandy also serves as the co-director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and as project director for the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University.