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Jewish Studies Program

Anne Frank: A History for Today Professional Development Opportunity

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 5:00pm


Anne Frank: A History for Today     

The University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the Anne Frank House of Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Anne Frank Center of New York, NY, and the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies is sponsoring professional development for teachers the first weekend in May. The Anne Frank House staff has taught students about Anne Frank and the Holocaust at 3000 sites in 90 countries over the last three decades; their powerful and innovative approaches to education can not only enrich instruction about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, they are applicable to many other subjects as well.

South Carolina has been selected as one of three regions in the United States for a special traveling exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today. South Carolina also seeks to develop master trainers who can support the exhibit around the state. In addition to the one day seminar for teachers, a special training session will be held for prospective master trainers on Thursday, May 2nd.

The goal of this traveling exhibit is to educate visitors of all ages about the consequences of intolerance and urge taking action to create a society based on mutual respect.

The life story of Anne Frank is the centerpiece of this exhibition. The family’s story reflects world events prior to, during, and after the period of Nazi dictatorship. The exhibit juxtaposes photographs of the Frank family with images of historical events at the time to show how persecuted people such as the Franks were affected by political decisions and the actions of individuals.

Anne Frank: A History for Today encourages visitors to learn more about scapegoating, anti-Semitism, racism, ethnic cleansing, and genocide as well as human rights, democracy, and conflict resolution. Moreover, the exhibit challenges the viewer to learn about international human rights laws and standards as defined by such documents as the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on the Rights of Children.

Lastly, the exhibit invites visitors to engage with current events and to take an active role in their communities and government. The final exhibition panel tells the stories of ordinary persons, from all walks of life, who have experienced racism, intolerance, and discrimination on a daily basis. These stories allow the visitor to question how differences between individuals are addressed and inspire the visitor to work towards a more just, inclusive society.

Training Specifics:



  • Training session will take place at Dent Middle School, 2721 Decker BLVD, Columbia, SC 29206;
  • This one-day Teacher Training (Friday, May 3, 2013 OR Saturday, May 4, 2013) will provide teachers with the opportunity to collaborate with three scholars from the Anne Frank House and from colleagues from around the state;
  • Cost of the training is $25.00 and includes lunch and free materials;
  • Cost of Master Trainer session and Teacher trainer session is $35.00 and includes lunch on both days and free materials;
  • Participants will receive 6 hours of Re-certification credit (if accepted by participant's school district). Participants in the two-day session will receive 12 hours of Re-certification credit. 





Agenda for Teacher Training

Master Trainer Session and Host an Exhibit in your School or District
If you are interested in becoming a Master Trainer, register for a session. (Master Trainer session will be held at Dent on Thursday, May 2, 2013. You must also attend either the Friday or Saturday teacher training session.) Agenda for Master Teacher training will be available soon. 

  • Click here to register for the Thursday Master Trainer session (5/2) and Friday Teacher Training session (5/3).
  • Click here to register for the Thursday Master Trainer Session (5/2) and the Saturday Training Session (5/4). 


Teacher Training Session- 
Friday, May 3, 2013 only
Click here to register for Friday, May 3, 2013


Teacher Training Session- Saturday, May 4, 2013 only
Click here to register for Saturday, May 4, 2013


Are you interested in hosting the exhibit in your school or district?

If you would like to host the exhibit in your district or school? Please send an email to Charles Vaughan for more information. 




Morning: Looking at the past
9:00 – 9:45
Introduction to day and getting to know each other

9:45 – 10:15

Teaching through and with Anne Frank- This short 30 minute introduction looks at why we teach about the Holocaust and why we use Anne Frank.

10:15 – 11:00

Best Educational Photo (part 1) An introduction to the Anne Frank Exhibition through selected photos. 

11:00-11:15        Break

11:15 – 12:30
Best Educational Photo (part 2)

Afternoon: Linking the past to the present

12:30 – 1:30
Lunch and collaboration time with scholars and colleagues

1:30 – 2.30
Exploring the boundaries of freedoms and rights when it relates to the legacy of the Holocaust. 

2:30 – 3:30
The right to think critically about how we commemorate the past. 

3:30 – 4:00
Wrap up and evaluation