Upcoming Open Enrollments

November 22–24, 2021

VIRTUAL: Anti-Bias Curriculum Institute

In this interactive virtual Zoom program participants will immerse in the unique assets of the Museum of Tolerance and engage in live workshops about the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards and many more resources. This institute introduces a unique pedagogical approach that integrates identity, diversity, justice, and action into instructional planning and delivery for all subjects and grades.

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December 20-21, 2021
January 5-6, 2022
January 24-25, 2022
March 21-22, 2022
April 11-12, 2022
June 13-14, 2022 

IN-PERSON AT THE MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE: Anti-Bias Curriculum Institute

In this interactive program, participants will come in person to immerse themselves in the unique assets of the Museum of Tolerance and engage in workshops about the Learning for Justice Social Justice Standards. This institute introduces a unique pedagogical approach that integrates identity, diversity, justice, and action into instructional planning and delivery.

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November 18-19, 2021

VIRTUAL: Anti-Bias School Culture and Climate Institute

In this interactive virtual program, participants will immerse in the unique digital assets of the Museum of Tolerance and engage in live Zoom workshops on cultivating a school climate and culture that supports the goals of anti-bias and social justice education. Through dynamic online discussion and workshops led by experts in anti-bias education, participants will investigate approaches to educational leadership for inclusive and just schools.

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December 16-17, 2021
January 27-28, 2022
April 13-14, 2022
June 16-17, 2022

IN-PERSON AT THE MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE: Anti-Bias School Culture and Climate Institute

In this interactive program, participants will attend the Museum of Tolerance to immerse themselves in its unique assets and engage in live workshops on cultivating a school climate and culture that supports the goals of anti-bias and social justice education. Through dynamic small group discussions and workshops led by experts in anti-bias education, participants will investigate approaches to educational leadership for inclusive and just schools.

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 Past Programs


New Dates Coming Soon!

Anne Frank: A Fascinating Look at the Real Anne

Join the MOT's Director Liebe Geft for a virtual exploration of the Anne Frank exhibit. Learn little known insights about Anne and the Frank family that bust myths and transform the way you will think about Anne and her diary's relevance for today.

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New Dates Coming!

MOT Monday Masterclass: The Anti-Racist Educator: Engaging with Students through an Equity and Justice Framework in a Remote Learning World

Join Dr. Victor Rios, Professor, Author, Ted Talk Speaker, and subject of the documentary film The Pushouts to discuss how educators can implement practices with their students about important issues related to Justice, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion.  In this Masterclass Dr. Victor Rios presents insights from his research and demonstrates practical strategies for being reflexive about anti-racism, having courageous conversations, and successfully implementing emotional support in virtual learning.



New Dates Coming!

MOT Monday Masterclass: Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine

In these extremely difficult and polarized times join this session with an icon of the civil rights movement, Congressional Gold Medal Award winner, Dr. Terrence Roberts. As one of the Little Rock Nine, he shares his experiences of the 1957 attempted desegregation of Central High School, and his wisdom for promoting justice and building bridges today. Professor Roberts discusses relational integrity and offers his unique perspectives for school communities.

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Monday Masterclass: Empowering Students Living with Disabilities in the Classroom
POSITIVE EXPOSURE: Self Acceptance = Self-Esteem = Self Advocacy

Join renowned Author, Ted Talk Speaker, Photographer, and Founder of Positive Exposure, Rick Guidotti, for a profound and dynamic discussion on ways to best meet the social and emotional needs of students with disabilities – as well as their families/caregivers. He will share insights on the social and psychological experiences of people of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages living with genetic, physical, behavioral and cognitive conditions. Broaden perspectives on seeing each individual living with a disability first and foremost as a human being with his/her unique challenges, rather than as a specific diagnosis/disease entity. Take away Positive Exposure’s free virtual tools, exhibits, and resources to support self-esteem and self-advocacy in the classroom environment.

This session advances diversity, inclusion, and social justice standards for all educators of all grades.

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Navigating Difficult Conversations in Schools:
A Workshop with the Better Arguments Project

Gain insights and skills for navigating challenging conversations and helping people engage each other more directly and more productively. The premise of the Better Arguments Project is that to counter the dangerous fragmentation that we are experiencing in civic life today, we need better — not fewer — arguments. This interactive workshop features speakers from Facing History & Ourselves, Better Arguments Project, Middle Ground School Solutions and Museum of Tolerance. The Better Arguments Project will give an orientation to its new middle and high school curriculum and share free take-away resources.

The Better Arguments Project is a partnership among the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, the nonprofit organization Facing History and Ourselves, and Allstate.



April 26, 2021: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Coming Back Better: Emotional Support, Cultures of Care,
and Asset-Based Leadership and Teaching
Dr. Victor Rios Dr. Casandra Villa and Dr. Jamal Splane

This Careopening presentation is designed to help educators reflect on how to engage in a reopening based on equity, anti-racism, care, and embrace. Educators will leave with practical strategies—what we refer to as, carekits—for making the CAREOPENING a (continued) success for students and their families.

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New dates coming soon!

Combating Online Hate in Schools: What to Know. What to Do.

This seminar is for all caring adults in school communities to examine the issues of digital citizenship in an age of online hate. Led by a SWC Researcher you will also be oriented to a new free classroom activity offered by the MOT that empowers students to decode and reject it.

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March 15, 2021

Monday Masterclass: Leading While Female:
Your Take-Action Guide to Gender Equity

Join authors Trudy Arriaga and Delores Lindsey to explore how to help both women and men educational leaders confront and close the gender equity gap—a gap that currently denies highly qualified women and women of color opportunities to better serve our millions of public school students. Designed as a discussion guide for taking action, Leading While Female draws on the research of feminism, intersectionality, educational leadership, and Cultural Proficiency to help us all break down the barriers and lead the way for future generations of women leaders. Attendees receive a free copy of the book!

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Facing History and Ourselves: Understanding the Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust
A Partnership of the Museum of Tolerance and Facing History and Ourselves

This two-day institute explores 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. Completion of this institute qualifies participants to access all of Facing History and Ourselves' resources including:

  • Coaching from Facing History staff
  • Publications for download
  • Online network
  • Free lending library


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February 16, 2021

Give the People What They Want: Using the 7 Cs Family Engagement Framework to Create Equity Partnerships

How can families, schools, and communities create equity partnerships in a virtual learning environment? Join Dr. Angela Clark-Louque to explore the research that reports how many families, particularly those diverse in color, socioeconomic status, and ability have strained to be a part of their children’s and youth’s education. Gain insights into how educators and families can create school partnerships that encourage and influence families in becoming an integral part of students’ educational lives and academic achievements. Learn the 7 Cs model for family and community engagement to open access and opportunity while revealing ways to forge more culturally inclusive partnerships.


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January 18, 2021

The Right to Dream by Living Voices
Q&A and Community Conversation: 
Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes will discuss with us the complexity and fragility of our democracy, then and now.

The Right to Dream is a virtual theatrical performance told from the point of view of a young African American man from a small Mississippi town in the 1950’s. Early on, he feels and sees the daily impact of racism and becomes inspired by the impact of civil disobedience and leaders like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. He joins SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) to advocate for voter registration, and participates in the March on Washington, Freedom Summer and the March from Selma to Montgomery. We watch as civil rights activists win the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—and challenge us to advance the cause of justice for all.


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December 9, 2020: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Contemporary Anti-Semitism: An Introduction For California Educators

The California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond are partnering with the Museum of Tolerance to offer the next webinar in the education to end hate virtual classroom series. We will provide a brief overview of contemporary anti-Semitism and its historic context, and unpack the different types of anti-Semitism that proliferate in California and online. Gain free resources from the Museum of Tolerance to support your students and faculty in this work.

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December 15, 2020: 3:30 - 5:00 PM

SEL Support for Holiday and Pandemic Blues

The holiday season isn't automatically a joyous time for everyone. This year with the situation of the pandemic, the holidays may dredge up sadness, difficult feelings and a sense of isolation or disappointment in our students, our colleagues, and ourselves. Right now every child needs extra support and compassion. Join Dr. Aliah MaJon for a workshop that provides an overview of SEL content which teaches us that relationship is key. Learn about the “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)” score and walk away with new clarity for addressing the ‘holiday blues’ and three promising strategies to support students in inventing new ways of having fun and being spontaneous.

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December 16, 2020: 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Combating Online Hate in Schools: What to Know. What to Do.
Presented in Partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education

While we stay safe at home young people are online more than ever. This seminar is for all caring adults in school communities to examine the issues of digital citizenship in an age of online hate. Led by a SWC Researcher you will also be oriented to a new free classroom activity offered by the MOT that empowers students to decode and reject it.

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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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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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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.


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.