APPLICATION FORM: The 2020 Echoes & Reflections Educational Journey Through Poland with Yad Vashem
August 1 – August 7, 2020

If you are a middle or high school educator who has actively used Echoes & Reflections in your classroom, we invite you to apply for the 2020 Echoes & Reflections Educational Journey through Poland with Yad Vashem. The 5-day, 6-night journey will offer an opportunity for in-depth learning about the Holocaust in the places where it occurred, highlighting Echoes & Reflections materials and visual history testimony, as well as a chance to see Poland, a cradle of Jewish history and tradition, and a major site of its near-destruction.

This is the third year that Echoes & Reflections is offering this powerful journey to 25 of its educators. The Journey will be led by Sheryl Ochayon, Yad Vashem’s Program Director for Echoes & Reflections and a seasoned guide in Poland. We will visit sites including:

--Warsaw, a major center of Jewish prewar culture as well as the site of the largest ghetto in Europe and the foremost acts of both Jewish and Polish resistance during WWII;
--Treblinka, the most lethal extermination camp created during the Holocaust;
--The remains of a true “shtetl” – a town where Jews flourished and built a unique civilization;
--Lodz, the longest-lasting of the ghettos created by the Germans, and the subject of an entire unit in Echoes & Reflections;
--Krakow, where Jewish life once blossomed and is now returning, and the place where Oskar Schindler and others rescued Jews at risk to their lives; and
--Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the extermination camps of the Holocaust.

We will use Echoes & Reflections materials and testimonies at each of these sites.

The Journey will give participants a chance to collaborate with other educators about best practices in bringing their experiences to bear in the classroom, and the most effective ways to use Echoes & Reflections materials to do so. Discussions will be held every evening at the conclusion of the day’s explorations.

Before you apply, please note that successful applicants are asked to commit to post-seminar work to support the reach and impact of Echoes & Reflections in the United States, with highest priority to arranging an Echoes & Reflections professional development program for teachers in their local area. Alternatively, participants may be asked to write a blog, create a lesson plan, present at a local conference, etc.

Additionally, please note that if you are selected to participate in the Journey, your participation will be conditional on your successful completion of a project created for the Journey by Yad Vashem, through which you will explore prewar Jewish life on the basis of Pages of Testimony from the Yad Vashem Hall of Names. You will present this project during the Journey. Your participation will also be conditional upon your attendance at three Echoes & Reflections online webinars between February 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020.

This application must be submitted by January 19, 2020.

For any questions, please contact:
Sheryl Ochayon, Program Director, Echoes & Reflections, the International School for Holocaust Studies, at sheryl.ochayon@yadvashem.org.il
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Please complete the following information and submit by January 19, 2020 for consideration. Successful applicants will be notified by February 20, 2020, and will have until May 31, 2020 to complete the project. The costs of tuition, hotel stays on a full board basis (double occupancy) for all five days and six nights of the Journey, entrance fees and ground transportation are fully subsidized. Participants will be reimbursed up to $500 for their airfare to Poland, and must arrive in Warsaw by the afternoon of August 1, 2020. The group will meet on the evening of August 1 for dinner and orientation prior to beginning the Journey together.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is open and limited to U.S. middle and high school teachers who are actively teaching with Echoes & Reflections in their classrooms.
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