Teaching Difficult History: How Our Past Informs Our Present

The Holocaust Commission’s 14th Biennial Educators’ Conference continues a tradition of enabling teachers, administrators, student advocates, and humanitarians to better understand, teach, and impact others with lessons from the tragic events of the Holocaust.
This conference will provide educators with strategies to teach difficult history. We will be focusing on instruction on the Holocaust, civil rights, civics, and contemporary issues. Teachers will have strategies for how to use film, graphic novels, and museums to enhance their classroom curriculum.

Representatives from the state board of education and state department of education will share their views of social studies instruction for the commonwealth.


This conference provides up to 16 hours of continuing education credit.

The Holocaust Commission’s educational mission includes:
1. Promoting an understanding of the Holocaust and its critical lessons
2. Serving as an accessible and trusted resource for students, teachers, and administrators
3. Helping students apply lessons of the Holocaust to their own lives and moral decisions


A block of rooms has been reserved for July 30, 2019 - August 1, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport. A special room rate will be available until June 30th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport
1500 North Military Highway
Norfolk, Virginia 23502-1813
Tel: +1-757-466-8000
Fax: +1-757-466-8802 


To book a room(s), hotel information, and more, click here.

Norfolk Academy

Directions, from DoubleTree

Take USAA Drive to Northhampton Blvd. Take a left onto Northhampton Blvd. Turn right on Wesleyan Drive. Stay in the right lane and make a right on Norfolk Academy. Continue straight until you reach the school.


Campus Map


Norfolk Academy
1585 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Tel: 757-461-6236


For more information about this conference, including hotel reservations, and to learn more about the Holocaust Commission, email or call 757-965-6100.