Open Enrollment Institutes

Free Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

We appreciate your interest in our programs. At this time, registration is closed for the 2016-17 Institutes. We invite you to check our website and connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for updates about funding for the classes we would like to offer in 2017-18. For additional inquiries, email us:

Past Institutes

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Perspectives for a Diverse America (PDA)
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Southern Poverty Law Center Teaching Tolerance

PDA is a literacy-based, anti-bias, social justice curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core Language Arts and literacy standards—and to the groundbreaking Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework (ABF). Its web-based modular design allows for maximum customization and differentiation. This highly interactive Institute features special guest speakers and will be led by experts from Teaching Tolerance. Learn how to use the free PDA to plan one lesson or integrate it throughout a scope and sequence.

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Anti-Bias Education for K-12 Educators: Action and Impact
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

This program introduces the ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute to California educators in the experiential setting of the Museum of Tolerance. Educators and administrators gain the skills and knowledge to build safe, respectful learning environments for all students. Interdisciplinary, standards-based curricular materials are introduced to help integrate anti-bias education into existing curriculum. The workshops also provide effective strategies to address bias, name-calling and bullying, face-to-face and online. Recognizing that attitudes and beliefs affect actions, each of us has an impact on others, and ultimately, on the world in which we live. Participants will walk away with tools, tips, and a full free resources kit!           

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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

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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

Participants will 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 with an eye towards better understanding ordinary people and human behavior. Using Facing History and Ourselves original curriculum and unique exhibits of the Museum of Tolerance- including its newest one on Anne Frank- the program also features the opportunity to meet and hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone walks away with new insights, tools and valuable classroom resources.

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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

Stories have the power to transform the way young people see themselves and others. Set in the experiential Museum of Tolerance, this special workshop uses Red Scarf Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank and Wonder, as well as other literary resources to examine ways to engage youth in thinking about identity, analyzing adolescent choices, and reflecting on the impact of history on individuals. The workshop will equip teachers with practical literacy strategies, using rich primary sources and historical background materials along with interactive strategies for teaching memoir as informational text. Participants leave with common core aligned strategies to educate and empower their students.           

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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.

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