Welcome to The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) and Holocaust Educators Network Summer Satellite: Crossing Lines - Tools for Teaching Tough Topics!

This wiki is for gathering and sharing resources before, during, and after our Crossing Lines Summer Seminar. Thanks to the generous support of TOLI, we are thrilled to begin the 6th year as a satellite program.

Each year brings new opportunities to connect with amazing educators who are passionate about teaching for social justice and providing students with an understanding of the common threads that connect the exclusion and forced removal of any group of people. Through the lens of the Holocaust, Japanese-American incarceration, the “Secret War in Laos,” and the recent Rwandan genocide, participants will examine the impact of “bystanders” and the power of “upstanders” to change the history of their communities and the world.

Crossing Lines participants will gain:
  • access to powerful primary and secondary sources for promoting resilience and social justice.
  • insights into developing inquiry-based, standards-aligned (Common Core State Standards) lessons.
  • an understanding that we often do not truly know who sits in front of us in our classrooms or beside us in our faculty and board rooms or across the street in our neighborhoods and communities.

For more information on this summer's satellite seminar, including a link to the online application, please open our Crossing Lines 2018 flyer.

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Images from left to right: Marielle Tsukamoto (front row, 1st on left), Jerome War Relocation Center; Hannie Voyles, Montessori School, Amsterdam; Kaying Thao-Yang, Thai Refugee Camp (second from left)

"It's small things that set bigger things off." Sam Edelman
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead