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Coordinators and LIGHT educators in training attend a professional development training at Chatham University.

Teacher Trainings

Professional Development

LIGHT hosts two annual “Act 48” professional development (PD) teacher trainings with our partner organizations. Our goal is to create and nurture a “Community-of-Sharing” where educators inspire, prepare, and empower one another, then their students. Our PD sessions include field trip demonstrations, regional collaboration opportunities, resource sharing, and best-practices in humanitarian education and action. All sessions are held at sites that are meaningful to our region, and will be accessible for return student field trips.

LIGHT regularly participates in “as-requested” school and regional PD sessions to share the LIGHT “inspire, prepare, empower” philosophy and process, along with our strategy to counter identity-based hate. Examples include the AIU Social Studies symposium, the Eradicate Hate Global Summit, AmeriCorps “Days of Service” training, and local school district in-service days.

As the only person in Southwestern Pennsylvania to hold the titles of USHMM “Museum Teacher Fellow” and Jewish Foundation for the Righteous “Master Teacher of the Holocaust,” Nick is highly qualified to share best practices in Holocaust, genocide, and human rights education (Act 70 of 2014). Additionally, LIGHT’s “Community Partnership Coordinator” is qualified to deliver PD surrounding Marshall Ganz “Story of Self, Story of Us, Story of Now - Creating a public narrative for your community-facing projects,” adapted from Ganz’ work at Harvard University in partnership with the Leading Change Network.

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