Educators’ conference:  Words still matter

by | Jul 14, 2022 | What’s Happening

Thursday, August 4
8:30 am–3:30 pm
Great Neck Middle School (tentative)
Online option available

The 15th Biennial Educators’ Conference will take place next month. Presented by United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission, along with Echoes & Reflections and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the program is entirely free for educators.

This year’s theme is “Reflections of the Past: Words STILL Matter.” The program will be introduced by Christonya Brown, coordinator of history and social science for the Virginia Department of Education. The conference will emphasize 2009’s House Bill 2409, which mandates that every school division in the Commonwealth has access to teaching materials for Holocaust education, and further supports Governor Youngkin’s executive order to establish a commission to combat antisemitism.

Topics covered will include intolerance and prejudice, dealing with social media and cyberbullying, media literacy, refugees, historical and contemporary antisemitism, and more. The conference will provide participants with immersive, relevant, and thoughtful workshop sessions to learn strategies and deepen the understanding of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The Educators’ Conference is open to elementary, middle, and high school public and private school educators, and all other student advocates.

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