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Lessons of the Holocaust reflect current concerns with racism and propaganda, ethical aspects of science and government as well as illustrate the complexities of human behavior and moral choice. This unique course will provide educators with significant historical, sociological and psychological...

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Modeling dynamic movement and kinesthetic activity to enliven K-12 classroom content is a key part of this course. Discover the connection between movement, the brain, and learning. Examine implicit learning, class cohesion activities, content-based kinesthetic activities, brain breaks, and...

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Semester: Hybrid Fall 2019 A- On campus weekend classes are: September 14-15 and October 5-6

With such major technological, social, and economic changes in America, society is under pressure to advance yet retain what is best. This pressure has created opportunities for positive change and also planted seeds of divisiveness and insecurity. Tolerance is the answer. It is an understanding...

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Semester: Online Spring 2020 Semester B- March 11 to May 5, 2020

This course will examine how students learn in the modern technology age. It will equip educators with knowledge of the most current technologies available to facilitate learning, inform teachers of how they can use this technology in their lessons, and instruct educators on how to design a...

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This course will explore current technology and its use in data analysis and evaluation for continuous improvement in schools. Planning tools for future technology trends will be examined.

The style of teaching, based on four basic personality types, will be explored and compared. Participants will delve into an understanding of their own style and organizational preferences while at the same time building a clearer understanding of the needs of each personality type in the...

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Semester: Online Fall 2019 A- August 21 – October 15

This class covers the Cambodian Genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, the historical contexts in which the genocide emerged, and the aftermaths of the genocide. We will study the way colonial and geopolitical conflicts set the stage for mass violence in Cambodia, and the...

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This course will first briefly examine the roots of anti-Jewish teachings in Christianity and then will focus on the Roman Catholic Church and the role of Pope Pius XII in the Holocaust. We will then examine the anti-Jewish teachings of Martin Luther and their influence on the German Protestant...

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Semester: Online Spring 2020 Semester B- March 11 to May 5, 2020

All three of the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have a concept of what makes a person a “saint.” The course investigates how these three definitions are similar and how they differ. The course also tackles the questions of whether it is possible for a sinner to become a...

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This course presents practical strategies for educators to develop both personal and professional creativity. This applied course provides information on fostering creative strengths in the classroom setting including- flexibility and creative problem solving. A second emphasis is the role of...

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Semester: Online Spring 2020 Semester A- January 8 to March 3, 2020

This course will provide students with an introduction to ethical reasoning within the framework of Holocaust studies. We will begin with an orientation to the vocabulary of ethical reasoning in Jewish, Christian and philosophical traditions and then address moral questions that arise in...

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This course covers the period from the Nazi rise to power in Germany in 1933 to the end of World War II. The focus of the course is the Nazi murder of nearly 6 million Jews, but we will also set these events within the larger context of the mass murder of 14 million non-combatants by the Nazis...

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Semester: Online Fall 2019 B- October 23 – December 17

In this course we will analyze how feature films from European countries and the United States have depicted the Holocaust and other genocides.  The course begins with the establishment of the iconography of the Holocaust in the documentaries about Nazi concentration and death camps.  The core...

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We know a great deal about how the Holocaust happened. There are thousands of studies of its perpetrators, its victims, and its witnesses. Over six decades after the events, we've come to understand that the Holocaust changed our world forever. Certainly in the United States, the Holocaust has...

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The Holodomor (famine/genocide) in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was a result of the collectivization policy of the Soviet government and took about four million lives. The Holodomor had a profound impact on the entire population of Ukraine. The course will analyze the reasons, mechanisms and...

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The Holodomor (famine/genocide) in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was a result of the collectivization policy of the Soviet government and took about four million lives. The Holodomor had a profound impact on the entire population of Ukraine. The course will analyze the reasons, mechanisms and...

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Semester: Online Fall 2019 A- August 21- October 15

This seminar is designed to give a sociological overview of the contemporary Jewish family in the context of Jewish history and tradition. The traditional Jewish family, the role of both single and dual career families, the impact of divorce, and devising a policy to support Jewish family life...

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Semester: Spring 2020 Semester B

From ancient times to present, Jews have believed in a Messiah and a Messianic age. One question that has troubled Judaism from its very beginning to the present day is "Why does God permit suffering?" "Will the Judge of all the earth not act justly?" asks Abraham in the Book of Genesis, and...

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Diplomats like Sousa Mendes and Sugihara, doctors, nurses, social workers, farmers, and others risked their lives to save Jews during the Shoah. Why did seemingly ordinary people risk their lives and often the lives of their families to help Jews who frequently were total strangers-while others...

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Semester: Online Spring 2020 Semester A- January 8 to March 3, 2020

This class explores the role that Muslims played during the Holocaust. It explores historical and religious anti-Semitism in the Arab world and the consequences that led to the denial and relativism of the Holocaust. The class explores how Muslims were also rescuers and victims with Jews in Arab...

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This course discusses the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest Nazi ghetto in occupied Europe, and some of the earliest attempts to record its history. In studying this Jewish population, segregated by force in the capital of occupied Poland, the course will address several key issues concerning the terms...

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During the Holocaust, assistance from gentiles often meant the difference between life and death for Jews in occupied Europe. Those who provided aid to Jews risked the possibility of imprisonment or even death. So what motivated gentiles to take such risks and rescue their Jewish neighbors and...

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This course explores the magnitude, scope and functions of the non-profit sector and its relationships with business and government. The topics include non-profit theory, principles of organization management, budgeting and resource management, advocacy governance and more. Consideration will...

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(GRADES: 6-12)
Many of today’s news headlines -- immigration policy, #MeToo, presidential politics, mass shootings -- underscore differences of opinion and polarize people. In this course, we will turn to underlying values in Torah and other Jewish teachings for clarity, and to pedagogical...

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Semester: Summer A: June 1

The evolution of the fields of Holocaust and Trauma Studies has been striking over the past 60 years. We will present the current knowledge with expanded insights informed by our own research. The foundation for the course will draw upon the interview-based qualitative research of the...

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The application of theory and experience necessary to change the culture of schools, including the balance of internal and external influences.

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