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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.

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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.

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Holocaust Education Institute
Fee For Service

The Museum of Tolerance is proud to partner with other local organizations for the 2017-2018 Holocaust Education Institute. This annual Institute is coordinated through the Anti-Defamation League. The session at the Museum of Tolerance will take place on November 13, 2017 and others sessions will take place at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Holocaust Education Institute for teachers consists of museum-based resources, curricula, pedagogical expertise, and dynamic presenters through three full-day sessions

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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

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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!

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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. 

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