Educators: Local Educators Workshop and The Gedalyah Engel Education Award

Workshop for Educators

Registration Now Open (See Below)

Monday, April 4, 2022, 5:00PM - 8:00 PM
Purdue University, Lawson Hall, Room 1142

The Lawson Hall is located at 305 N. University Street. Campus parking is located in the parking garage adjacent to Lawson Hall. Campus Map (See LWSN and PGU)

GLHRC Educators Workshop

"Expressing the Inexpressible"

Reckoning with the Holocaust through Visual Art, Music, and Drama


Tibor Spitz - Holocaust Survivor and Artist
will share via Zoom how art has helped him heal
Camden Ritchie - Music
Engel Award Winner 2021 & Music Educator at Southwestern Middle School
Stella Schafer - Drama
USHMM Teacher Fellow & ELA/Holocaust Educator at McCutcheon High School
Melissa Frey – Visual Art
Executive Director, Purdue Hillel Center & Graphic Designer

The educator workshop will be a hands-on experience focused on bringing the arts into the classroom to deepen our understanding of the Holocaust. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with Holocaust survivor Tibor Spitz about how his art helped him recover from inexpressible trauma. Local Holocaust educators will then lead the group in hands-on arts activities to help you and your students both connect to the experience of the Holocaust and express your own responses to learning about it.

Watch Presentation on YouTube

Strategies shared will be appropriate for upper elementary through high school and for use in any content area.

This workshop will support both educators who have experience teaching the Holocaust and those who are just getting started.

PGP Points

Certificates for 3 PGP points will be available to participants to submit to their districts. District policies differ. Please ask your administrator if this workshop qualifies.


Participation is free of charge.

       Register Online Here - Please Register by March 20th

Or, email Anne Murphy-Kline at the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University, (amurphyk at purdue dot edu).

Space is limited, so register early and please forward this information to interested educators. To respect our presenters’ time and effort, please register only if you are certain you plan to attend. Workshop will be cancelled if we do not reach minimum registration.


The workshop is funded by the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, College of Education, Purdue University.

Subway dinner provided by Bauer, Inc.


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Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2022 Recipient

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee is proud to announce the recipient(s) of the 2022 Gedalyah Engel Education Award:

Brandi Weilbaker (Benton Central Junior High, Oxford, IN):
EIghth Grade Trip to CANDLES Mrs Weilbaker grant will fund a visit to CANDLES Holocaust Museum for seventy eight-graders this spring. This exposure will help these students to understand the importance of individual responsibility in fighting ignorance, hatred, and prejudice in today?s society. Upon their return, students will be engaging in discrimination and prejudice prevention activities within their Advisory homeroom classes.


Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2023 Application Process

Educators interested in applying for an Engel Award should contact Sarah Powley, Co-Chair of the GLHRC (spowley at

Applications will be due January 27, 2023.

The Gedalyah Engel Education Award has been established by the GLHRC to support endeavors by local educators to educate and inspire their students to recognize discrimination, to stand up for minority groups and other vulnerable populations, and to speak out against manifestations of present-day hatred and prejudice.

The GLHRC will award annually a total of $2000 to educators who are actively teaching in schools in Indiana ASP District 4 (Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, White, Carroll, Cass, and Clinton counties) who submit successful proposals in one of the following categories:

  1. Teacher Learning (e.g., an online or on campus course in Jewish Studies or Holocaust education, a travel opportunity to learn about the Holocaust) Educators applying in this category must indicate how their learning will benefit students.
  2. Classroom Projects (e.g., a student-produced collection of oral histories)
  3. School-wide Projects (e.g., a school visit by an outside speaker or an interdisciplinary endeavor)
  4. Student Travel (e.g., a field trip to a Holocaust museum as part of a unit on the Holocaust or a culminating activity to a unit of study)
  5. Education Outreach (e.g., a service learning project)

Successful proposals will address issues related to genocide, discrimination, bullying, human rights, the Holocaust itself or “lessons to be learned from the Holocaust” with clearly outlined activities and specific student outcomes.

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Education Award Application Details (PDF file)