Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project

"The Education Project”

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Who We Are

The MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project of the College of Education and Human Services offers teaching resources and educational programs dedicated to eradicating racism and prejudice in order to create a healthier, better educated, and more just society.

This project brings together MSU’s outstanding faculty, renowned teacher education program, and the cutting edge technology of the ADP Center to offer antiracist teacher training and professional development.

Our goal is to connect the local history, politics, and culture of New Jersey to global human rights education including historical subjects like the Holocaust and contemporary instances of injustice based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.

The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is a collaborative endeavor between Montclair State University and the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

Dr. Zoë Burkholder is the Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project and an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations. She is an historian of education whose expertise includes antiracist education and civil rights history. Dr. Burkholder is the author of Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954 (Oxford University Press, 2011) as well as numerous scholarly articles and commentaries published in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Journal of Social History, History of Education Quarterly, and Education Week. She may be contacted at burkholderz@montclair.edu.

The Education Project

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Human Rights Education Internship

The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is pleased to announce an undergraduate student internship in human rights education. This is a competitive internship—all applicants must apply and be accepted into the internship, and accepted interns will register for a 3-credit course in the Department of Educational Foundations.

Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside human rights education professionals, conduct a research project on a topic of their choice, and develop and deliver a human rights education lesson in a local public school.

The 2016-2017 MSU Human Rights Education Internship is funded through a generous grant from the Axelrod Family Award.

Now accepting applications from MSU undergraduate students for Fall 2017.

View the Human Rights Internship Fall 2017 Flyer

Human Rights Education Interns will:

  • Select a human rights topic of his or her choice. For example: the Holocaust, black civil rights, Native American culture, women’s history, LGBTQ equality, anti-Semitism, human trafficking, Syrian refugees, Puerto Rican civil rights, Mexican American history, Caribbean arts and culture, etc.….
  • Conduct academic research on this topic.
  • Create an original lesson plan for a secondary school audience.
  • Visit a local public school and teach the lesson plan.
  • Revise the lesson plan for publication.
  • Design and assemble a teaching kit to be presented to a local public school containing teaching materials like books and films related to each intern’s area of expertise (funding provided by the Axelrod Family Award).
  • Assist with professional antiracist educational programming, including attending special events such as conferences and films at MSU.
  • Get hands on experience designing and implementing human rights education. 

To apply for the MSU Human Rights Education Internship:

  • Submit a formal letter of application explaining your interest in human rights education and detailing the specific topic you would like to study.
  • Submit an unofficial copy of all college transcript/s.
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a MSU professor.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis between now and April 14, 2017. Applying early is recommended.
  • Interns must enroll in EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education in Fall 2017.

For further information or to apply to the human rights education internship, please contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, at burkholderz@montclair.edu  

Public School Outreach and Classroom Visits

MSU Human Rights Education Interns are available to present a lesson on human rights to a class or student group at a local public school.

Trained with MSU faculty in the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, each intern will present a carefully crafted lesson on a human rights topic of his or her choice.

Spring 2017 programs are available on:

  •   Syrian refugee crisis
  •   LGBTQ human rights
  •   Mass incarceration
  •   Black Civil Rights
  •   Anti-Semitism
  •   Anti-Muslim Bias
  •   Immigrant Rights
  •   Women’s History

Host class should provide a warm welcome to interns and offer at least one 45 minute period to present a lesson either during or after school.

The MSU Human Rights Education Internship program trains future human rights educators for a wide range of possible careers dedicated to social justice and public outreach. To that end, the host teacher and students are invited to provide constructive feedback to the intern for an interactive learning experience.

This is a great opportunity to host a college student who is passionate about human rights! School visits will be scheduled for April 2017.

For more information or to schedule a visit by a human rights education intern, please contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project at burkholderz@montclair.edu

Upcoming Programs and Events

MSU Anti-Bias Education Workshop for K-12 Teachers & Student Teachers

March 17, 2017
Friday
9:00am-1:00pm
SBUS 101

Teachers, counselors, administrators, and teacher education students are invited to join the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project for this special presentation, organized in response to increased reports of bias in the classroom following the 2017 U.S. Presidential election. Our goal is to help teachers respond constructively to bias in the classroom and teaching strategies to promote tolerance and respect for all Americans.

Three panels featuring academics, teachers, and representatives from human rights organizations offer participants the opportunity to learn about new perspectives in anti-bias education.

This event is free and open to the public, but will require advance registration. Professional development hours available to teachers & student teachers. Details and registration coming soon.

 

Teaching about the Holocaust with Elie Wiesel’s Night

Echoes and Reflections Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Student Teachers
March 24, 2017
Friday
8:30am-2:30pm
ADP Center

Teachers, counselors, and teacher education students are invited to join the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project for a teaching workshop on the Holocaust run by the Anti-Defamation League.

This workshop provides hands-on training and access to lesson plans and primary historical documents to teach Elie Wiesel’s poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

This event is free but space is limited, please register today! Professional development hours available to teachers & student teachers.

Registration link.

Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Resources for Educators

The MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is pleased to offer educational resources including books, films, and lesson plans. These materials are available in our ADP Center for Teacher Education and Learning Technology. The ADP Center is located on the ground floor of University Hall. Parking is available for a fee in the Red Hawk Deck on campus. 

Please check out our full list of antiracist books and films.

Please check out our full list of MSU Human Rights Lesson Plans, developed by our human rights education interns.