Open Enrollment Institutes

Free Professional Development for California Educators

Current Institutes



Program Dates:

Dec 10-11

What Can We Learn From Survivor' Testimonies?
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and CIJE: The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education

In this institute, participants will explore the new online curriculum for Jewish Education developed by CIJE and the USC Shoah Foundation. This Testimony-Based Study of the Holocaust is different from all others because it invites participants to listen to survivors — attentively listen to what is said and what is not said — and to weave their stories into the historical narrative being taught.

The workshop will equip teachers with digital literacy strategies by using rich primary sources and historical background materials along with interactive strategies for using first person testimonials. Participants will leave with classroom ready activities that will engage and enrich their students.

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Program Dates:

Jan 6-7 *Eligible for (1) LAUSD salary point

Mar 15-16

Rock Your World: Online Curriculum for Social Action
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Rock Your World, a program of Creative Visions

Ignite your students’ passion for social action! Rock Your World is an online curriculum that introduces students to the basic principles of human rights and inspires them to action. Once students have found their ‘spark’, they become engaged in a thoughtful process of researching an issue of their choice and then developing a media campaign to promote awareness and positive change action. Fully standards aligned, Rock Your World offers multiple entry points for teaching students to think critically and creatively via authentic learning experiences

This hands-on workshop will also include ample opportunities for participants to develop customized approaches for incorporating relevant aspects of the Rock Your World curriculum into their subject area teaching including ELA, social studies, art, music, media literacy, and more.

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Program Dates:

Dec 15-16

Jan 9-10 *Eligible for (1) LAUSD salary point

Jan 23-24

Feb 23-24

April 2-3

June 16-17 *Eligible for (1) LAUSD salary point

Teaching Tolerance: Anti-Bias Curriculum for K-12 Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Teaching Tolerance

In this institute participants will learn about the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards and a unique pedagogical approach that integrates identity, diversity, justice and action into instructional planning and delivery. This interactive, dynamic experience held in the Museum of Tolerance and led by experts from Teaching Tolerance, will stretch our understanding and application of social justice education goals and embed social emotional learning within an academic content.

This training is geared towards K-12 educators responsible for planning, delivering or supporting English language arts/literacy or social studies instruction.

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Program Dates:

Nov 24-25 (local participants only)

Dec 19-20

Feb 20-21

April 5-6

June 18-19

Teaching Tolerance: Tools for Building Inclusive
School Climate and Community

A partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Teaching Tolerance

Presented in partnership with Teaching Tolerance, this two-day institute will focus on cultivating a school climate that supports the goals of anti-bias and social justice education. Participants will learn about the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards and best practices for integrating the standards across school communities. Using themes embedded in the unique Museum of Tolerance exhibits, educators will engage strategies for responding to every day biased language and stereotypes, facilitating conversations about race and racism and other types of discrimination such as, gender bias, ableism, and religious or anti-LGBTQ persecution.

This training is relevant to all K-12 educators, including classroom teachers, counselors, behavior specialists, school psychologists, mental health professionals, student support services, professional developers, family/community liasons and administrators.

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Program Dates:

Jan 7-8 *Eligible for (1) LAUSD salary point

Facing History and Ourselves: Voices and Choices
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Facing History and Ourselves

Presented in partnership with Facing History And Ourselves, this two-day institute brings participants to explore the voices of young people during the Holocaust – what factors contributed to their identity, what choices they made, and what students today can learn by studying the Holocaust to better understand ordinary people and human behavior. Using the unique exhibits of the Museum of Tolerance, including its newest Anne Frank exhibit, the program also features the opportunity to meet and listen to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. Everyone walks away with new insights, tools, and valuable classroom resources.

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Program Dates:

Feb 18-19

April 6-7 *Eligible for (1) LAUSD salary point

Facing History and Ourselves: Young Adult Literature
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Facing History and Ourselves

Presented in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves. Set in the experiential Museum of Tolerance, this special workshop uses Red Scarf Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wonder, and other literary resources, to examine ways to engage youth in thinking about identity, analyzing adolescent choices, and reflecting on the impact that history has on individuals. The workshop will equip teachers with practical literacy strategies by using rich primary sources and historical background materials along with interactive strategies for teaching memoir as informational text.

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Past Institutes

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