Application Requirements

To apply for the California Collaborative Teacher Cohort and attend the Summer Institute, teachers must meet the following specifications:

  1. Be actively employed as a high school or middle school teacher in California, with a minimum of two years of classroom experience, teaching a course that includes or has the potential to include lessons on the Holocaust and genocide
  2. Commit to learning and teaching the new curriculum materials produced by the California Collaborative with your students and to sharing the materials and your experience with 5-10 colleagues in a professional learning session during the 2023 – 2024 school year
  3. Be available and willing to attend the in person Summer Institute on June 26-28, 2023 in Los Angeles offered at no cost to participating teachers due to funding from Marin County Office of Education and the State of California (travel within California subject to reimbursement at the end of the institute)
  4. Agree to participate in quarterly online meetings with a program mentor to reinforce content knowledge, support your classroom implementation, and prepare for the professional learning session

Application Form

Teachers meeting the above specifications are warmly invited to apply for the California Collaborative Teacher Cohort (2023 – 2024) by filling out the form linked here:

Deadline to Apply

March 15, 2023 is the priority application deadline. Applicants may be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter as space permits.


Please reach out to Becky Hausammann, Associate Director of the JFCS Holocaust Center in San Francisco: [email protected].


  • When is the Summer Institute? June 26-28, 2023 (three days)

  • Who is putting on the event? The Summer Institute is led by the JFCS Holocaust Center in partnership with members of the California Collaborative.

  • Where will the institute be held? The 3-day Summer Institute will take place in-person at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles.

  • Who can participate? Up to 100 California High School and Middle School Teachers will be selected to attend the Summer Institute as the 2023 – 2024 Teacher Cohort of the California Collaborative for Holocaust and Genocide Education. See the application link below for more information.

  • What will the institute sessions include? Interactive workshops, led by experts in the field of Holocaust and genocide studies, will provide hands-on, immersive training in new California Common Core standards-aligned lessons designed by the Collaborative. Lessons will include supporting materials and an orientation to related pedagogy, and will range from seminar-style, to roundtables, to excursion-based learning. Teachers will walk away from the Institute with lessons and supporting materials to implement with students during the 2023 – 2024 school year.

  • What is the cost to attend?  The Summer Institute is offered at no cost to participating teachers due to funding from Marin County Office of Education and the State of California. Curriculum materials, three nights of accommodation and meals (Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch) are provided by the Institute. Travel expenses (economy round trip airfare within California or round trip mileage to and from USC) are reimbursable at the end of the institute upon receipt.

  • What is expected of participants? Participating teachers are expected to implement the new curricula from the California Collaborative in their classrooms in 2023 – 2024 and share the curriculum materials with a group of 5 – 10 colleagues to help expand the reach and impact of the statewide initiative of the California Collaborative for Holocaust and Genocide Education.

  • What support is provided for participating teachers? Beyond the 3-day Summer Institute, teachers will participate in quarterly online sessions with a member from the Collaborative to continue to build content knowledge and receive support during their classroom implementation and peer teaching session. Additional support is available as needed.

  • How do I apply? Apply here.

  • Can I nominate a teacher? Yes! Nominate a teacher here.

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