About the 2019 Educators' Conference

Teaching Difficult History: How Our Past Informs Our Present

Wednesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 1

Location: Norfolk Academy and the Virginia Holocaust Museum

Keynote speakers:

Professor Alan Marcus of the University of Connecticut

Professor Jeremy Stoddard of the University of Wisconsin

Dr. Charles Sydnor, Senior Historian, Virginia Holocaust Museum

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. 

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 in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on the “SOL Connection,” and those attending receive educational professional development hours.