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Educator Professional Development Seminar

HERC and TCC Foundation are pleased to offer a Holocaust Education professional development seminar for K-12 teachers. Join us for an interactive learning experience to discuss the challenges of teaching the Holocaust and strategies for planning developmentally appropriate activities for your students. This is not a lecture series! This is a facilitated opportunity for teachers to share and learn from one another as classroom experts. Topics covered in the seminar include helpful resources, choosing which Holocaust related topics to cover in your classroom, and ideas for answering difficult questions. This group will be limited to 30 participants. Register now below.

Seminar Details

What: Holocaust Education Professional Development Seminar
Where: Tallahassee Community College room HSS 118 (we will be in masks and practice social distancing) or Zoom (choose what works for you)
When: July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2021 7:00 – 8:30pm
Who: Open to Florida K-12 teachers

This seminar will be specifically focused on what teachers need/want to enhance their teaching of Holocaust content. Recommended readings and resources will be provided to participants.

Topics Covered

  • July 1, 2021
    • Why did the Holocaust happen?
    • What do we want students to learn about this time?
      • Ethnicity vs. Religion vs. Race
    • How do teachers currently approach teaching the Holocaust?
    • What would they like to do differently?
  • July 8, 2021
    • Timeline of the Holocaust/importance of defining according to timeline
    • Development of antisemitism
    • From laws to separation to persecution up to Kristallnacht
  • July 15, 2021
    • Shift to murder
    • Ghettos
    • Camps – types of camps
    • Who went to camps?
    • How do we teach this in K-12 classrooms?
  • July 22, 2021
    • Bystanders
    • Resistance
    • Response to Holocaust
  • July 29, 2021
    • Going forward – how do these lessons apply to today?
    • How can we teach empathy to students?
    • How can we use what we know about teaching and learning to deliver meaningful instruction to our students?

For questions please email Barbara Goldstein at or Sara Marchessault at

Meet your facilitators

Sara Marchessault’s career in education started in 2000 and includes experience in K-12 and corporate training and facilitating. She currently teaches education courses at TCC, where she supports students who choose a career in teaching. Ms. Marchessault will serve in the role as primary facilitator for the seminar.

Monte Finkelstein is a historian and retired educator who’s spent more than 40 years studying the Holocaust and sharing what he’s learned. Known for his engaging storytelling, Dr. Finkelstein will be joining the seminar as our on-hand historian.

Sara Marchessault
Monte Finkelstein



    Monte Finkelstein

    Upcoming Events

    1. Holocaust Education Workshop 2021

      October 26 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    2. Remembrance Dinner 2021

      November 10 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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    The Holocaust Education Resource Council has been established as a Non-Profit Organization to sponsor the Annual Student Holocaust Essay/Art Contest, Teacher Training Workshops, and community outreach.

    Less than $1.00 is allotted for each student annually in the State of Florida for education of the Holocaust. It is nearly impossible for students to grasp the material and understand its relevance with inadequate curriculum, training and supplies. It is imperative our future generations recognize the danger of prejudice and hate and instead approach others with respect and acceptance.