Powell Professional Development Series on Holocaust Education 2022

This series of online workshops for teachers will provide teachers with an opportunity to explore topics in-depth and gain practical ideas and activities to easily implement in the classroom. 

Special thanks to the Powell Family Foundation for their commitment to Holocaust education and for making this program, and others in this series, possible. 

Earn a Certificate of Completion

Teachers who attend 8+ hours of programming will receive a Certificate of Completion for the 2022 Powell Professional Development Series on Holocaust Education. 

Earn Clock Hours - Washington State Teachers

Washington State teachers are eligible to earn clock hours for each program. A separate link will be provided for each program to sign up to receive clock hours.  

Register for one or multiple programs | All programs are virtual

Registration is required for all programs. All programs are offered online. A Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to each program.  



Questions? Please email Paul Regelbrugge, Director of Education - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

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Offered in conjunction with the corresponding exhibit on display at Gonzaga in Spokane. Exhibit is from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Image: Jewish refugee children wave at the Statue of Liberty as their ship steams into New York Harbor, 1939. These children are among a group of 50 Jewish refugees from Vienna who will be placed with foster families in Philadelphia. Photo from the USHMM. 

September 7, 2022 | History Unfolded: What Americans Knew about the Holocaust via Newspapers

5:15-6:15pm (PT). Presented by Eric Schmalz, Museum Educator, US Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

1 Clock Hour available for Washington State teachers.

Eric will explain what the History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust project is and why it matters. He will describe the project's successes to date, with particular attention to the involvement of students and adult volunteers in the Pacific Northwest. He will show various ways the website can be a useful tool for research and education, as well as some exciting future plans. 

Eric Schmalz is the community manager for the History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust citizen history project at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His main responsibilities include helping project volunteers have a positive, meaningful experience, and ensuring that the museum receives useful, accurate data. He works with educators to implement the project, answers participant questions, communicates updates, organizes programs, and oversees a submissions review team. Prior to working at the museum, Eric was a high school social studies teacher in Virginia.  


September 8, 2022 | American Responses to the Holocaust

5:00-6:00pm (PT). Presented by Rebecca Erbelding, Historian and Author, US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  

1 Clock Hour available for Washington State teachers.

In "American Responses to the Holocaust," Rebecca Erbelding will explore the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and the persecution and murder of Jews in Europe during the 1930s and ‘40s. She will describe the information about the Holocaust that was available to Americans as it was happening; the ways in which Americans responded to the refugee crisis in the late 1930s; the debates among Americans over intervention in World War II; and what Americans did after it was clear that mass murder was happening.

Rebecca Erbelding has been a historian, curator, and archivist at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for the past nineteen years, and served as the lead historian on the Museum's special exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust. She holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University and is the author of Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe (Doubleday, 2018), which won the National Jewish Book Award for excellence in writing based on archival research.