Past Institutes



Program Dates:

March 31 - April 3

VIRTUAL SEMINAR: 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.



Program Dates:

April 2 - April 7 *Eligible for (1) LAUSD salary point

VIRTUAL SEMINAR: 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. Exploring the unique artifacts and assets of the 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. This program includes a mix of sessions self-paced and live, interactive sessions. In order to qualify for salary point, attendance at all modules is required along with 30 hours of homework.


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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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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What Can We Learn From Survivors’ Testimonies?
A partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE)


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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Voices and Choices of Young People during the Holocaust
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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The Teaching Tolerance Curriculum
A partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Teaching Tolerance

The Teaching Tolerance curriculum is a collection of K-12, literacy-based, anti-bias, social justice resources that are aligned to the Common Core English Language Arts and Literacy standards and to the groundbreaking Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. The curriculum’s web-based modular design allows for maximum customization and differentiation. Come to a dynamic institute held in the experiential setting of the Museum of Tolerance to be led by experts from Teaching Tolerance.

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Combatting Online Hate in Schools: What to Know, What to Do.
9:00am - 5:00pm

Transcending geographical and community boundaries, social media and gaming platforms are increasingly bringing harmful and hateful messages into the lives of young people. This one-day workshop will equip educators with ways to begin and maintain critical conversations between adults and students re. online safety and negating extremism which can lead to increased student trust with adults, resiliency, and safer campuses. The MOT invites participation of all caring adults in school communities- including support staff, SROs, classroom teachers, coaches- to join together to examine the issues and find solutions.

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Young Adult Literature that Teaches the Importance of Identity, History, and Choices
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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Race in the Classroom: America to Me 
A partnership of the Museum of Tolerance, Participant Media, and Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP)

School communities are at the heart of national conversations about racial injustice and equity movements for all. Students need to be able to talk about the historical roots of discrimination as well as their lived experiences of race in America today. The “America to Me” docu-series series opens the doors to a high school outside of Chicago, where students and teachers struggle to navigate crucial issues of race, identity, and education. Offered in the MOT’s experiential setting, program participants will gain motivation, tools, and proven best practices to change outcomes for adults and students.

The day includes:

  • Customized museum experience and group dialogue facilitation
  • Lunch and coffee service
  • A workshop led by curriculum developer Dr. Darnisa Amante that includes exploration of select episodes of “America to Me” and tools, resources, and strategies for educators to advance conversations about race and equity in their schools.

Join us for this special program on Martin Luther King Day!

Save the Date! Also in the “America To Me “ free PD series:

February 24-25: FOR Classroom Educators: Engage in a deep dive of exploring inequity in schools, meet subject experts from the docu-series, and gain tools to bring the learning back to your classroom and community. The program also includes a Data Equity Walk led by Ed Trust - West and a closing workshop led by Pedro Noguera to discuss equity strategies and next steps.

March 25: FOR School Administrators:
Learn with peers to use America to Me to address racial inequity in schools, advancing dialogue and strategies for change. This workshop will be led by series subject Dr. Chala Holland, principal of Lake Forest H.S. and 2018 recipient of the Courageous Conversation Principal Leadership Award.

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Holocaust Education Institute
Fee For Service

The Museum of Tolerance is proud to partner with other local organizations for the 2018-2019 Holocaust Education Institute. This annual Institute is coordinated through the Anti-Defamation League. The session at the Museum of Tolerance will take place on January 14, 2019 and others sessions will take place at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Join us for an experiential, interactive educational program at the Museum of Tolerance, focusing on the history of the Holocaust and its relevance today. Participants will hear personal testimony from a Holocaust Survivor and engage in facilitated discussions. Topics include the history of antisemitism, teaching the Holocaust, and Holocaust denial. A highlight of the day will be the exploration of the Anne Frank exhibit. Lunch and a packet of valuable resource materials are included  

Cost: $20 per session. 

Educators who attend an entire session may apply for a $50 personal stipend and for their schools to receive up to $150 in substitute teacher reimbursement. Funding is limited; both the stipend and reimbursement are available on a first-come first-served basis.


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

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 aligned with Common Core and state standards, Rock Your World offers multiple entry points for teaching students to think critically and creatively via authentic learning experiences. Set in the inspirational learning environment of the Museum of Tolerance, featuring prominent guest speakers, educators will leave this Institute with a customized, student-ready, motivational unit of study designed to:

  • Apply Common Core standard academics to real-world issues
  • Strengthen inquiry, social analysis, high-level thinking and problem solving skills
  • Promote an understanding of human rights and global awareness
  • Inspire youth’s voice and engage them in civic literacy
  • Utilize digital media for meaningful communication

Journeys in Film | River of Gold: Teaching about Climate Change and Indigenous Rights with Film
The Museum of Tolerance in cooperation with Journeys in Film, USC Rossier School of Education, and Amazon Aid

Ideal for middle and high school educators, this two-day institute set in the immersive environment of the Museum of Tolerance will prepare educators to walk away with interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to the Common Core for Amazon Aid Foundation’s River of Gold.

River of Gold: Adocumentary which chronicles the clandestine journey into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the savage unraveling of pristine jungle. The film follows the journey of two war journalists, and their guide. The three men bear witness to the wide-scale destruction and poisoning of the Amazon in the pursuit of illegally-mined gold, destruction that has consequences on a global scale. River of Goldreaffirms the right of the rainforest to exist, inspiring audiences to think about where their gold comes from and engage in solutions to protect the Amazon.

The Journeys in Film River of Gold interdisciplinary curriculum guide teaches students how the arts can be used effectively to advocate for human rights and environmental justice. Students and educators will be inspired to continue the work of environmental advocacy while engaging academic standards


Journeys In Film | Smart Women, Strong Voices: Films For Teaching Gender Equity And Leadership For Girls In STEM
The Museum of Tolerance in cooperation with Journeys in Film and USC Rossier School of Education

Ideal for middle and high school educators, this two-day institute set in the immersive environment of the Museum of Tolerance will prepare educators to walk away with interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to the Common Core for two particular films:

He Named Me Malala: Educators will be able to use the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize-winning teenager who advocates for equal education for girls all around the world, to teach about human rights, documentary film, and contemporary women’s issues.

Hidden Figures: Educators will also reflect on the obstacles and triumphs of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson, three black women mathematicians who worked in the NASA space program. Launching from background lessons on the civil rights movement, the Cold War, and the space race, as well as STEM lessons, educators will also strategize ways to encourage girls in STEM subjects.


Art and Literature as a means of Having Voice and Expr \essing Resistance
A partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Facing History and Ourselves

Presented in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, this two-day institute will provide a new lens for discussions of human rights, and make connections between the story of Anne Frank during the Holocaust, Latin American history, and current issues of human rights for immigrants. By exploring the power of visual and literary arts during the Holocaust, Pinochet’s Chile, and today, participants will examine how art and literature have the power to share stories, express an individual’s voice, and fight against injustice. We will be joined by Marjorie Agosin, poet, scholar, and acclaimed historian on the Arpilleristas, a women’s protest movement in Chile. The program also features the opportunity to meet, and listen to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor, as well as tour the Museum of Tolerance’s unique exhibits, including the latest, the Anne Frank Experience.


Holocaust Education for the 21st Century
New Approaches and Resources from Yad Vashem

The MOT is partnering with the renowned International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem to present new teaching methods and the latest, innovative curricula and resources for teaching the Holocaust. The materials and methods offer a fresh look at the basic building blocks of Holocaust education and how to teach the Holocaust relevant to students’ lives today to make them better citizens. In addition, they address how to incorporate Holocaust survivor testimony in the classroom anticipating a world without survivors, how to deal with Holocaust denial, the new Antisemitism, and how to engage with literature. The latest tools and digital resource materials that support the curricula will be introduced and made available to all participants. This is an extraordinary educational opportunity for middle and high school educators.


Journeys In Film | The Music That Sustains Us: Using Film And Music To Teach Human Rights
The Museum of Tolerance in collaboration with Journeys in Film and USC's Rossier School of Education

In this dynamic two-day institute participants will experience interactive exhibits, meet special speakers, and learn new curriculum to walk away with interdisciplinary lesson plans aligned to the Common Core. The workshops will feature screenings and curriculum for two films:

Defiant Requiem: Through the life of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant Czech conductor who was arrested and sent to the concentration camp of Theresienstadt (Terezin) in 1941, educators will gain understanding of a unique chapter in Holocaust history, when prisoners used music and the arts to sustain their spirits and resist the oppression of the Nazis. For over ten years, conductor Murry Sidlin has dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezin. Now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations and evocative animation, Defiant Requiem brings the incredible story of this artistic uprising to life.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble: Following musicians from China, Syria, Iran and Spain, educators will connect Yo-Yo Ma's journey in creating the Silk Road Ensemble to their own student engagement in considering how we construct culture and resilience through art to foster global connections.

Ideal for middle and high school educators


Essential Digital Literacy Skills For Our World: Is Seeing Believing?
A partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and the Center for Media Literacy

While our students are digital natives, they need the foundational skills to navigate crowded medias capes of propaganda, fake news, and sponsored content. In this special Institute, set in the experiential setting of the Museum of Tolerance, educators will have the opportunity to work with the renowned Center for Media Literacy (CML) to discover ways to teach students to understand and question how stories are designed, targeted, framed, and purposefully delivered. In this Institute we will explore CML’s framework, Five Key Questions and provide practical classroom tools. Experience a Pop-Up Newsroom!


Transforming Schools through Restorative Justice Practices
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and the Coalition for Restorative Schools

The Coalition for Restorative Schools teaches foundational evidence-based restorative justice practices proven to strengthen bonds, repair harm and improve school ecosystems. Take the opportunity to learn how to transform your school community to shift school discipline away from punishment and towards restorative justice, social emotional learning and positive responses. The program features the opportunity to meet and interact with special speakers who will share their testimonies, as well as tour Museum of Tolerance’s unique exhibits as a laboratory on human behavior.