Teaching the Holocaust can be challenging. The VHEC supports teachers and educators by providing regular professional development opportunities led by experts in Holocaust education.
Have you developed a unique course or resource that teaches about the Holocaust? Consider applying for our Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education. The annual award recognizes a BC teacher who has demonstrated special distinction in the field.
Foundations for Genocide Studies: Holocaust and Human Behaviour
The VHEC is proud to partner with Facing History and Ourselves, the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association (BCSSTA) as well as the Department of Philosophy and Department of History at Simon Fraser University (SFU) for a three-day summer seminarFoundations for Genocide Studies: Holocaust and Human Behaviour, taking place from June 24–26, 2019 at SFU Vancouver Campus (June 24–25) and the VHEC (June 26).
In this seminar, teachers will:
Learn current scholarship on genocide, the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behaviour, group dynamics and bias.
Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism and other forms of exclusion.
Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make.
Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and interactive teaching strategies that help students develop historical thinking skills, think critically and discuss controversial issues respectfully.
Experience integrated content learning through artefacts from the collection of the VHEC.
Listen to a testimony of and engage with a VHEC Holocaust Survivor Speaker.
Held every two years, the Shafran Teachers’ conference attracts educators from across British Columbia and elsewhere. This day-long event offers participants an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned speakers, historians and educators at the forefront of Holocaust studies. Educators share best practices related to teaching the Holocaust in elementary, secondary and university settings.
Sponsored by the David & Lil Shafran Endowment Fund of the VHEC.
Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education
The Kron Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education is presented annually to a BC teacher who has demonstrated dedication to teaching students about the Holocaust and its important lessons for humankind.
The award was established in memory of Meyer and Gita Kron, Lithuanian Holocaust survivors who re-established their lives in Vancouver and maintained a life-long commitment to education. A few years ago, the award was renamed to include their daughter, Ruth Kron Sigal, who survived the Holocaust in hiding, and who passed away in December 2008. Ruth was a VHEC outreach speaker and community leader, and served as Director of the Women’s Resource Centre at UBC for over 25 years. She was a regular speaker at the VHEC’s Annual Symposium on the Holocaust.
2019 Kron Sigal Award Recipients
At its Annual General Meeting on June 19th, the VHEC proudly presented the 2019 Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education to Nicola Colhoun and Dr. Christine Paget, teachers at West Vancouver Secondary School.