July 19-22 and July 22-25, 2020
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is hosting the 2020 National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators on July 19-22 and July 22-25 in Washington, D.C.
The 24-hour professional development program is free to middle school and high school educators interested in teaching about the history of communism and its collectivist legacy. Admission to the program includes four nights of shared dormitory accommodation, breakfast and lunch, up to $300 travel stipend to offset expenses, and all classroom materials.
The seminar blends together scholarly lectures, peer discussions, and pedagogical sessions to carefully balance content and pedagogy. These components are supplemented with short biographical films and in-person testimonials from witnesses and dissidents who resided in communist countries both past and present.
Past seminar participants experienced statistically significant growth in their confidence and capability to teach about a wide range of subjects, such as: communist ideology and history; the character of totalitarian governmental systems and practices; and the legacy of communist and post-communist states today, including the personal stories of witnesses, dissidents, and victims.
Seminar participants also receive and have the opportunity to work through the second edition of the Foundation's curricular supplement—Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, and Its Legacy—developed by Dr. Lee Edwards, Dr. Paul Kengor, and Claire McCaffery Griffin, and used in schools across the nation.
Over 80% of past participants rated the seminar as better than other professional development programs in which they’ve participated.