The Path to Leadership
Teachers who have participated in the Memorial Library Summer Seminar interested in becoming teacher-leaders in the HEN network are invited to apply to our Leadership Program.
We have held a Leadership Institute every three years since 2010, and have operated Satelite Seminars in many locations across the U.S. Looking at what makes for a successful satellite, we now make the following recommendations for teachers interested in becoming future Satellite Seminar leaders.
If you are a member of the National Writing Project, we recommend that you apply to one of the many excellent national Holocaust programs designed to deepen your understanding of the history of the Holocaust.
If you have expertise in the history of the Holocaust, we recommend that you look for a site of the National Writing Project in your home state and that you apply to attend an Invitational Summer Institute. Go to www.nwp.org. to start this search. Becoming a member of the National Writing Project will not only deepen your understanding of pedagogy but will also provide the necessary infra-structure for mounting a satellite program.
HEN teachers interested in discussing these paths to leadership in our program are encouraged to call or write to Jennifer and Sondra.
- Actively teaching about the Holocaust and/or other genocides
- A commitment to teaching for social justice
- Active participation in HEN projects and programs
- A co-teacher who is also a member of HEN
- Demonstrated leadership ability
To work collaboratively with HEN directors, outside consultants and other HEN teachers in the design of your Satellite Seminar. Teams accepted into the Institute will be expected to present their initial ideas for Holocaust education in terms of pedagogical approach, suggested readings, and potential outcomes. We also ask that you develop your curriculum so that it addresses current issues of social injustice in your community or state. Acceptance to the Leadership Institute is the first step in the process; support for the Satellite Seminars will be based on the submission of a detailed final proposal.
In this five-day institute, HEN teachers:
Deepen their understanding of issues related to the Holocaust
Work collaboratively on the design of satellite seminars
Consider what it means to be a leader in one’s school and community
Develop administrative capacities and problem-solving strategies necessary for program development and outreach
If you are interested in attending our Leadership Institute and excited about the prospect of becoming a satellite leader, your first step is to send an email to Sondra and Jennifer. We will then arrange a conference call to discuss your eligibility and how to move forward with your application.
In order to be accepted into the Leadership Institute, your team will need to complete an application that includes the following:
- A preliminary proposal that includes a potential focus and a brief outline of what you propose to do in your satellite seminar. You will also need to prepare a list of what is available in your local area in terms of cultural and material resources, associated groups that might be of use to the project, and a preliminary plan for contactng potential teacher applicants. A list of potential speakers and/or readings is also useful.
- The name of your sponsoring institution/fiscal sponsor and a letter of support. This partner will help with local arrangements, including the securing of classroom space, duplicating materials, access to library and/or internet, and paying all bills.
- A current resume for each teacher.
- A list of the outreach work (ie: inservice, professional development, faculty workshops or community seminars) you have each led in your school, district, writing project or community related to Holocaust education and/or other genocides and/or social justice teaching.
It’s not enough to know what happened. Where does social action come in? Is there a way to move from knowing about events to writing about events to actually doing something about these events in the world today?”
– Sondra Perl, Seminar Director