Teacher Professional Development

The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center hosts a number of professional development opportunities throughout the year.  It strives to provide the education, tools, and resources necessary for Wisconsin educators to enter the classroom prepared to teach difficult topics related to the Holocaust.  To learn more about any of these opportunities contact us at SamG@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

In appreciation to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (ClaimsConference) for supporting this educator training program. Through recovering the assets of the victims of the Holocaust, the Claims Conference enables organizations around the world to provide education about the Shoah and to preserve the memory of those who perished.

Upcoming Workshops:

Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide in Wisconsin:

A Monthly Webinar Series

Dr. Irene Ann Resenly & Dr. George Dalbo


Join Dr. Irene Ann Resenly & Dr. George Dalbo for a monthly webinar series supporting educators in teaching about the Holocaust and genocide in school settings. Resenly – a Holocaust education scholar and middle school teacher in suburban Wisconsin – and Dalbo – a genocide education scholar and a high school teacher in rural Wisconsin – will co-facilitate monthly webinars (see schedule and registration information below). Each session will offer a new topic or approach. The goal is to build teacher capacity and expertise around these difficult histories and bring together teachers in professional learning with each other.

This series is possible thanks to the support of the Department of Public Instruction in support of the Act 30 mandate to teach about the Holocaust and an additional genocide in Wisconsin and the Holocaust Education Resource Center

The webinars will begin on Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 4:00pm-5:00pm with the session: “So You’re Teaching about the Holocaust & Genocide: Guidelines, Resources, and ‘New’ Histories.” the complete schedule of dates, topics, and individual registration links can be found below. Email act30wisc@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there.





4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time)

“So You’re Teaching about the Holocaust & Genocide: Guidelines, Resources, and ‘New’ Histories” (registration)


4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time)

“Gender Matter: Gendered Representations of Holocaust and Genocide” (registration)


4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time)

“Breaking Down Perpetraitor-Victim and Bystander-Upstander Binaries in Holocaust and Genocide Education” (registration)


4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time)

“Teaching About International Holocaust Remembrance Day” (registration)


4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time)

“The Holocaust in One Day: Supporting Non-Social Studies Teachers in Middle and High School” (registration)


4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time)

“Teaching About Genocide Awareness Month” (registration)


4:00-5:00 pm (Central Time)

“Recommended Holocaust and Genocide Reading Lists” (registration)


CESA Workshops – Navigating Act 30: Teaching the Holocaust and other Genocides 

In accordance with Act 30, the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Center (HERC) is offering professional development providing tools to teach the Holocaust and other genocides. The first day of this training will provide educators with background knowledge on the Holocaust, as well as tangible examples for how they can use this material in their classrooms. The second day educators will conduct their own research on a different case of genocide using the demonstrated framework. Lastly, we will talk about methodology, the dos and don’ts of Holocaust education. This workshop will leave educators with the information and resources needed to implement the new Holocaust and genocide mandate.  

*Please reach out to your CESA for registration information.


Past CESAs:

June 12-13, 2023: CESA 6 – 39 districts – Oshkosh, WI

January 15, 2022: CESA 11 – 39 districts – Turtle Lake, WI

April 14, 2022: CESA 3 – 31 districts – Fennimore, WI 

April 20-21, 2022: CESA 5 – 35 districts – Portage, WI

June 15-16, 2022: CESA 8 – 27 districts – Gilette, WI

June 21 & 23, 2022: CESA 2 – 74 districts – Whitewater, WI

June 28-29, 2022: CESA 4 – 26 districts – West Salem, WI

July 13-14, 2022: CESA 9 – 22 districts – Tomahawk, WI

July 27-28, 2022: CESA 1 – 45 districts – Pewaukee, WI

August 3-4, 2022: CESA 10 – 29 districts – Chippewa Falls, WI

August 16-17, 2022: CESA 2 –     districts – Rock County, WI

October 3-4, 2022: CESA 12 – 17 districts – Ashland, WI

Past Workshops:

Confronting the Oldest Hatred: A Day of Professional Learning for Teaching the Holocaust in a Catholic Setting 

Teaching about the Holocaust – August 18, 2022

Navigating the Holocaust: Your compass to Holocaust education in Wisconsin  

February 20, 2022: Wisconsin and World War II 


Request access to past workshops here.