Open Enrollment Institutes

Free Professional Development Opportunities for Educators


Current Institutes
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Program Dates:
Nov. 18-19, 2018 
(Local participants only)
Nov. 20-21, 2018 
(Local participants only)
Dec.17-18, 2018
Dec. 19-20, 2018
Jan. 3-4, 2019
Jan. 28-29, 2019
Jan. 30-31, 2019
Feb. 25-26, 2019
Feb. 27-28, 2019
Mar. 25-26, 2019
Mar. 27-28, 2019
Apr. 15-16, 2019
Apr. 17-18, 2019
Jun. 11-12, 2019
Jun. 13-14, 2019


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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Program Dates:
November 26-27, 2018 (Local participants only)
February 11-12, 2019


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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Program Dates:
March 26-27, 2019
April 16-17, 2019
June 17-18, 2019


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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Program Dates:
December 16-17, 2018


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

Past Institutes

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Program Dates:
October 21-22, 2018
(Locals only) 


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

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