Educators: Local Educators Workshop and The Gedalyah Engel Education Award

Workshop for Educators

Monday, April 16, 2018, 4:30PM - 8:30 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.
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Registration Now Available (see below)

GLHRC Educators Workshop

Facing History and Ourselves

Presented by Massachusetts-based international nonprofit, Facing History and Ourselves


Through engaging in difficult conversations, students gain critical thinking skills, empathy and tolerance, and a sense of civic responsibility.

How we talk about things matters, and we are not always well equipped. Encouraging respectful dialogue between students with cultural differences is a challenge we must rise to in today’s classrooms. We may be able to share our views easily with those who already agree. But civil discourse is different, and it’s critical to our ability to function as a democracy. The classroom should be a place where students learn to exchange ideas, listen respectfully to different points of view, try out ideas and positions, and give—and get—constructive feedback without fear or intimidation. This workshop will give you teaching strategies and language to create a classroom space where students can safely engage in meaningful and difficult conversations.

Teachers in upper elementary through high school will learn to integrating the study of history, literature, and human behavior with ethical decision making and innovative teaching strategies. The program enables teachers to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning. As students explore the complexities of history, and make connections to current events, they reflect on the choices they confront today and consider how they can make a difference.

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 and a light dinner will be provided complements of Subway.

       Register Online Here

Or, email Anne Murphy-Kline at the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University, (amurphyk at purdue dot edu). Please indicate your meal preference (vegetarian or non) and your interest in receiving a PGP certificate.

Space is limited, so register early and please forward this information to interested educators.


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


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Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2017 Recipients

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Gedalyah Engel Education Award:

Abigail McClure (Burnett Creek Elementary School):
Funds used to purchase books for a reading and research unit Abigail has developed that challenges students to explore conflicts in the world that have led to change. Students learn about young adults, just like themselves, who fought for human rights in different parts of the world.

Karen Salyer (Delphi Community Middle School):
Funds for travel expenses to Poland and Israel to expand her knowledge of the Jewish people and their culture and history. Her travel experience will directly impact her teaching of the Holocaust and its effect on the Jewish people.

Sherry Risley (North White Jr./Sr. High School):
Funds will be use to take her special education students to the Illinois Holocaust Museum to see artifacts relating to the books they have read in class (Daniel’s Story and The Diary of Anne Frank). Sets of these books will be purchased for use throughout the school. Students will present a summary of their experiences to their classmates.

Alicia Spray (McCutcheon High School):
Funds for travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Belfer Conference at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and visit the NEWSEUM with the aim of learning how stereotyping and discrimination have played a role in the loss of human rights.

Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2018 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 26, 2018.

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.

Education Award Application Details (PDF file)