(Professional Development) Empowering Educators to Teach on Genocide

A virtual professional development workshop for educators in Wisconsin

January 15-16, 2022

Saturday | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday |10:00 am – 12:30 pm

This virtual event will empower Wisconsin’s K-12 educators to teach on genocide and fulfill the mandates of Act 30, the new law passed by the Wisconsin legislature and Governor Evers in April 2021. It will offer participants the chance to hear presentations by top experts and acquire free book sets and other practical materials for teaching on the subject of genocide and five specific cases: the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Argentina, and the Uyghurs in China.

The first session on Saturday, January 15, will feature talks on genocide cases in regions of the world that the UW-Madison area studies centers represent. These centers include the Centers for Southeast Asian, African, East Asian, South Asian, European, and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS), and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA).

The second day’s session on Sunday, January 16, will feature a short overview of Act 30 by Kris McDaniel, Social Studies Education Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and a talk by Ilana Weltman, Project Director & Holocaust Education Instructor at The George Washington University-Graduate School of Education and Human Development. This will be followed by a presentation from Samantha Goldberg, Director of Education at the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC), on practical techniques and resources available for teaching confidently on genocide and other sensitive issues covered by the workshop. Educators will then have a chance to talk with fellow teachers during an interactive panel session of K-12 educators from Wisconsin.

This professional development opportunity is sponsored and organized by the area studies centers at UW-Madison, the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education and Resource Center (HERC), and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. For more information on our sponsors, please see below.

For more information and to register for this free event, click here.



Sat. January 15, 2022 - Sun. January 16, 2022


 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


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