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The Holocaust Commission’s 13th Biennial Educators’ Conference continues a tradition of enabling teachers, administrators, student advocates, historians, and humanitarians to better understand, and, in turn, more effectively teach and impact others about one of the most tragic and significant events in the history of humankind. 

As in previous years, this Conference provides 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. 

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Wednesday, July 26
7:30am - 4:00pm
Norfolk Academy Batten Library
1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA

Morning: Keynote address by Alexandra Zapruder, educator and author

Keynote address by Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger, family physician born to a Nazi, who repudiated his father's past

Mid-day: Lunch

Afternoon: Workshop with Alexandra Zapruder

Combatting Bullying Workshop with Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Thursday, July 27

7:30am - 5:00pm (approximate)
Trip to the Virginia Holocaust Museum
2000 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA
Transportation Provided

Morning: Address by VHM Senior Historian, Dr. Charles Sydnor

Mid-day: Lunch

Afternoon: Special educators' tour of the VHM, including the Auschwitz exhibit created by the museum

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Full 2 day Conference • $100 

  • Receive 16 Continuing Education hours
  • Learn new methods of teaching challenging material
  • Discover ways to make Holocaust education relevant in today’s world
  • Tour the Virginia Holocaust Museum and learn from its Senior Historian

Keynote Presentations only on 7/26 • $50

  • Attend keynote presentations by Alexandra Zapruder and Bernd Wollschlaeger
  • Lunch included

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

Through generous funding from the Sam and Reba Sandler Family Foundation and the hard work of Holocaust Commission volunteers and donors, the conferences are affordable and leave a lasting impact on all participants.

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