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“Echoes & Reflections” offers educators best practices to teach about the Holocaust

November 21, 2018

Pictured: An image of "The Refugee," a painting by Felix Nussbaum depicting the Jewish artist's despair at the outset of World War II. The painting was discussed during "Echoes & Reflections".

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are committed to enhancing academic excellence and equipping students to be actively engaged in their communities. To that end, many educators recently gathered to study best practices for teaching about the Holocaust and antisemitism.

The Office of Catholic Schools sponsored Echoes & Reflections, a joint program of the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem. The program is designed for “empowering teachers and students with the insight needed to question the past and foresight to impact the future.” Echoes & Reflections is recognized as the premier source for Holocaust educational materials and dynamic content.

Teachers from 12 of our Catholic schools participated in the Nov. 13 session, along with a local public school teacher and a teacher from the eastern side of the state.

Through this professional development, educators are further equipped to teach students about this horrific part of history and the imperative to protect the life and dignity of the human person.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) in seven of the diocese’s 11 counties. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life – which grows better and brighter when children reach their potential. Learn more about our schools here.

Learn more about Echoes & Reflections here.