Open Enrollment Institutes

Free Professional Development Opportunities for Educators


Current Institutes
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Program Dates:
February 24-25:
FOR Classroom Educators
(local participants only)

March 25:
FOR School Administrators

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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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Program Dates: 

Feb. 25-26, 2019
(local participants only)
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:
February 11-12, 2019
(local participants only)


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*

*Qualifies for salary point credit 


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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