An educator with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust in Sandy Springs, Patrice Weaver, was among 25 Holocaust educators from 12 U.S. states to receive the coveted 2021 Alfred Lerner Fellowship. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous selected 21 middle and high school teachers from 12 states and four educators at U.S.-based Holocaust centers as fellows who could delve into the complex history of the Holocaust as well as discuss new teaching techniques for introducing the subject into their classrooms.
Weaver recently took part in the JFR’s Summer Institute, the Fellowship’s intensive five-day course, which was held virtually June 27 to July 1.
The program is a high-level, intensive academic seminar in which participants attended lectures given by noted Holocaust scholars. The event is designed to allow participants to meet in small groups following each lecture, address the specific aspect of the Holocaust that is presented, share teaching concepts and develop approaches to introducing the subject matter to their students.
Each participant comes from a region of the country where the JFR operates Holocaust Centers of Excellence in conjunction with a local Holocaust museum or center.
“There are three main goals of our program, which include: providing teachers with graduate level courses on the Holocaust; pedagogical connections with other teachers and their curriculum so they learn what’s worked and what hasn’t; and to give them resources for the classroom,” said JFR Executive Vice President Stanlee Stahl.