Educators: Local Educators Workshop and The Gedalyah Engel Education Award

Workshop for Educators

This year's workshop will be held in the Fall of 2024

In partnership with the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee, the Ackerman Center has moved the annual Holocaust Educator Workshop to the fall this year in order to help teachers start the year with a focus on promoting tolerance and critical media skills.

GLHRC Educators Workshop



2023 Workshop: "The Assignment: Being an Upstander"

with author Liza Wiemer


The AssigmentThe Assignment is an award winning novel exploring the response of high school students to an assignment asking them to defend the Final Solution, a euphemism used to describe the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people. The inclusion of social media and pop culture make this a very relatable and discussion-rich text for high school students and their teachers. The author, Liza Wiemer, will be on campus in person to work with teachers on recognizing hate speech and supporting students to become “Upstanders”.

Liza WiemerLiza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with over twenty years of teaching experience. Her second young adult novel, The Assignment, was published by Delacorte Press and has received numerous honors, including being named a 2021 Sydney Taylor Notable Book. To date, The Assignment has also been published in Russian, Polish, Italian, and Korean. Hello?, her debut contemporary YA novel, was named a Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel of the Month. In addition, Liza has had two adult nonfiction books published and several short stories included in the New York Times bestselling Small Miracles series. She has had articles published in various newspapers and magazines and writes a monthly kidlit column for the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. Liza received the honor of being named one of "The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021" by the Algemeiner. A graduate of UW-Madison, Liza has two married sons and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, Jim.

Liza Wiemer's Website
Q&A With Liza Wiemer, The Assignment

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

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.

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 2024 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 31, 2024.

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 Flyer (PDF file) - Help spread the program
Education Award Application (PDF file)