The 2021 Holocaust Commission Educators’ Conference has been postponed until 2022, so we can once again meet in person and have great experiences not only with superb insightful speakers, but also enjoy the benefits of in-person networking.


If you are interested in learning about online professional education opportunities in the meantime, please reach out to Elena Barr Baum at, and she can connect you with such resources.


Below you will see the information from our most recent conference, for your information.

About the 2019 Educators' Conference

Teaching Difficult History: How Our Past Informs Our Present

Tuesday, July 30 - Thursday, August 1

Location: Norfolk Academy and the Virginia Holocaust Museum

Keynote speakers:
Professor Jeff Eargle of the University of South Carolina
Dr. Maia Sheppard of George Washington University
Professor Jeremy Stoddard of the University of Wisconsin
Dr. Charles Sydnor, Senior Historian, Virginia Holocaust Museum

Other presenters:
Christonya Brown, Virginia Department of Education
Elizabeth Lodal, Virginia State Board of Education
Elbert Watson, Elbert Watson Dance Company


As in previous years, conferences will provide participants with a unique opportunity and techniques to be a catalyst for change—instilling knowledge, respect, empathy, and accountability in students and the learning environment. 


Educators' Conference Brochure (PDF)

The Holocaust Commission Educators’ Conferences for elementary, middle, and high school public and private school educators, in addition to all other student advocates, are offered biennially.

Bringing nationally recognized speakers, authors, and human rights experts to the Tidewater area, these conferences equip educators with practical and advanced skills that address challenging contemporary issues. 

Conference topics range from intolerance and prejudice to dealing with social media and cyberbullying. This year's conference will also focus on the use of film and graphic novels in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on the “SOL Connection,” and those attending receive educational professional development hours.

The 14th Biennial Holocaust Commission Educators' Conference is Proudly Sponsored by:

With special thanks to the Sam & Reba Sandler Foundation and Weinstein Properties for their continued support of The Holocaust Commission.