The UK-JHF Holocaust Education Initiative is a teacher training program developed to support teachers in implementing the 2018 Ann Klein and Fred Gross Holocaust Education Act mandating Holocaust education in Kentucky public middle and high schools. Embracing a train-the-trainer model, JHF’s funding has supported the University of Kentucky’s Jewish Studies program and College of Education to develop a steering committee of 10 distinguished subject-matter experts which will oversee two cohorts of 20 teacher-leaders. Representing communities across the commonwealth, teacher-leaders will implement over 20 Holocaust education workshops for at least 500 of their peer educators by spring 2024.
The University of Kentucky’s work is helping to ensure that Kentucky teachers are equipped with tools and resources to carry out ethically and regionally appropriate Holocaust education and has the potential to impact tens of thousands of students across the state. Poised to create a national model for exemplary state-centered Holocaust teacher training, JHF is proud to support this work to connect Holocaust history with present-day issues of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism and to empower teachers and students to stand up against its spread in their schools and communities.