Summer Programs for Educators

Summer Workshop 2018


EDUC 633 - Special Topics in Education III: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching the Holocaust


This course is intended for K-12 teachers, and other education stakeholders, seeking increased knowledge of teaching and learning about the Holocaust through the lenses of geography and literature as well as deepening pedagogical understanding of project based inquiry approaches in Holocaust education. This course is a Summer Institute sponsored by the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust to fulfill its legislative mandate to support Holocaust instruction in South Carolina’s schools.

2020 Course Theme:

This year, the course examines the concentration camp and killing center of Auschwitz Birkenau. This theme was selected because 2020 is the 75 th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, as well as the fact that Auschwitz has become a powerful symbol of systematized mass killing. This theme looks at the camp from different angles (economics, geography, history, gender) to help us better understand what we have learned about the Holocaust 75 years on.

During the course, participants will examine what actions were necessary on the part of individuals (ordinary citizens, military officers, teachers, clergy, and so on) to enact and maintain a system that killed millions of Jews and others. The workshop also examines Jewish life and culture, South Carolina-related resources, and different teaching methodologies (i.e., oral testimonies, historical inquiry, geographical mapping, literature, & primary sources).

Course Elements:

  • A series of online lessons about Holocaust history to be completed before the workshop.
  • In-person classroom instruction from June 22- 26th in Columbia, SC.
  • Several classroom assignments and a final project are due to the instructor within a few weeks following the conclusion of the course.

Participants must complete all three segments, including attending all sessions on the days of the course, to receive graduate credit.

Eligibility Requirements:

This course is limited to SC-certified teachers who have a current teaching contract with a school in South Carolina. Pre-service teachers may be considered with the permission of the executive director if there is room. The course is capped at 25 teachers.


Three hours of graduate credit are available from the USC School of Education through an additional application process.


A registration fee of $125.00 is due at the time of application. (The registration fee is only $100 for those who apply by April 25th).

A $50 application fee will be charged separately by USC if you have never registered with USC before.

The remaining costs, including for graduate credit, is underwritten by the South Carolina on the Holocaust.

Location, Lodging, and Meals:

The course will be held on-campus at the University of South Carolina. Four nights of lodging will be provided at a nearby hotel for teachers traveling from more than 40 miles outside of Columbia, SC. You must specify on your application that you need housing.

The Council will provide breakfasts and lunches during the course. Dinners will be the responsibility of the participants. No additional travel stipend will be provided.


Every other year, the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust sponsors a trip to Eastern Europe so that educators and the general public can gain a deeper understanding of authentic sites of the Holocaust. The trip concentrates on sites in Poland, including the Memorial Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau and the neighboring town from which the concentration camp got its name, Oswiecim. Participants also visit important places of Jewish culture, such as Kazimierz, the former Jewish quarter of Krakow. Each year, the trip adds an additional location to help show the scope of the Holocaust across the European continent. In 2019, the trip includes a weekend in Amsterdam with a special visit to the Anne Frank House.

The trip is open to everyone; however, educators have a special funding option: The first ten SC-certified educators with current contracts to teach in the state of South Carolina are eligible to receive a $1000 subsidy to offset the costs of travel.

The study trip cost for 2019 was $2485 plus airfare.

Registration for the 2019 trip is now closed. The next trip will take place in 2021.