Gedalyah Engel Education Award

The goals of the Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee, initiated by Rabbi Gedalyah Engel and the Mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette in 1981, are to continue awareness of the Nazis’ War against the Jews from 1933-1945, to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and to promote individual, community, and media responsibility for combating the forces of ignorance, hatred, and prejudice today

Rabbi Gedalyah Engel

To honor the work of Rabbi Engel, the Gedalyah Engel Education Award has been established by the GLHRC to support endeavors by local educators to educate and inspire their students to recognize discrimination, to stand up for minority groups and other vulnerable populations, and to speak out against manifestations of present-day hatred and prejudice.

The GLHRC will award annually a total of $2000 to educators who are actively teaching in schools in Tippecanoe and contiguous counties who submit successful proposals in one of the following categories:

  1. Teacher Learning (e.g., an online or on campus course in Jewish Studies or Holocaust education, a travel opportunity to learn about the Holocaust) Educators applying in Category A must indicate how their learning will benefit students.
  2. Classroom Projects (e.g., a student-produced collection of oral histories)
  3. School-wide Projects (e.g., a school visit by an outside speaker or an interdisciplinary endeavor)
  4. Student Travel (e.g., a field trip to a Holocaust museum as part of a unit on the Holocaust or a culminating activity to a unit of study)
  5. Education Outreach (e.g., a service learning project)

Successful proposals will address issues related to genocide, discrimination, bullying, human rights, the Holocaust itself or “lessons to be learned from the Holocaust” with clearly outlined activities and specific student outcomes.

Due in part to the persistent work of the GLHRC, teaching about the Holocaust is now mandated in the Indiana public school curriculum. However, projects that reflect the goals of the Award are not limited to the history curriculum. They may be pursued at any grade level, in any discipline, and they may be extra-curricular in design.

Educators are encouraged to design feasible projects that demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to the goals of the GLHRC and passion for teaching the Holocaust and/or related issues. Proposals should address a professional goal (Category A) or a classroom or school-wide need (Categories B-E).

The deadline for submission is March 8, 2013

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