KC to DC – A Holocaust Education Travel Opportunity for Educators

Summer 2023

Has your state recently passed a mandate for Holocaust education, leaving you wishing you had more Holocaust education yourself? Maybe you teach the Holocaust but want to refine your knowledge. Would you enjoy learning within a community of fellow educators?

MCHE is offering this Holocaust education travel experience for up to 20 secondary educators. The experience includes pre- and post-trip sessions at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education (remote access available for those outside the metro area) followed by a group travel experience to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC on July 17-19, 2023.

All interested 7-12th grade educators throughout the Midwest are encouraged to apply. See below for full details.

Dates:

Eligibility:
Open to 7-12th grade educators throughout the Midwest who currently teach the Holocaust or anticipate starting a Holocaust unit. Participation is limited to 20 educators, identified through an application process. Interested educators should complete an application MCHE by March 1, 2023.

Cost:
Through the generous support of a local donor, this is a subsidized learning experience. Each participant is responsible for booking their own air fare to Washington, DC (DCA) which will be reimbursed up to $300. Receipts are required before June 15 for reimbursement. Double-occupancy hotel accommodations will be provided as will the night tour and a group dinner on July 18th.  

Participants are responsible for ground transportation, parking at the Kansas City airport, air fare costs above $300, additional meals, and incidental costs.

Responsibility:

Itinerary:  
Participants will take part in a pre-trip educational session offering a historical overview of the Holocaust and complete a homework assignment designed to prepare them for the experience in Washington, DC. During the travel portion of the experience they will participate in guided tours of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as a group walk-through of smaller exhibitions in the museum. On the night of July 17, participants will take part in a guided bus/walking tour of the national monuments. There is a post-trip debriefing session in Kansas City.

Physical Requirements:
The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will make every effort to accommodate participants’ physical needs. This is a physically demanding trip requiring extensive walking. It is also an emotionally demanding trip focusing almost exclusively on Holocaust content.  

Logistics:
Participants will be housed in double-occupancy hotel rooms. For the nights of July 17-18 it is expected that participants utilize these accommodations. There are no facilities for family members, partners, friends, or pets.

All participants should plan their travel to permit them to arrive in Washington on July 17, 2023 in time to meet for the night tour and not to leave before July 19.   The program at USHMM begins at 9:00 a.m. on July 18, 2023.

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