Educators: Local Educators Workshop and The Gedalyah Engel Education Award

Workshop for Educators

Monday, April 24, 4:30PM - 8:00 PM
Purdue University, Lawson Hall, Room 1142

The Lawson Hall is located at 305 N. University Street. Campus parking is located in the parking garage adjacent to Lawson Hall.
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Registration Now Available (see below)

Exploring the Treatment of Refugees through Primary Sources

Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn, IU Center on Representative Government

Syrian refugees arrive on the shores of Lesvos island

Teachers in upper elementary through high school will learn to use primary source materials with students to explore issues related to human rights and refugees.

PGP Points

Certificates for 3 PGP points will be available to participants to submit to their districts. District policies differ. Please ask your administrator if this workshop qualifies.


Participation is free of charge and a light dinner will be provided complements of Subway.

      Register Online Here

Or, email Anne Murphy-Kline at the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University, (amurphyk at purdue dot edu). Please indicate your meal preference (vegetarian or non) and your interest in receiving a PGP certificate.

Space is limited, so register early and please forward this information to interested educators.


The workshop is funded by the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship at Purdue University.
Dinner provided by Subway, Bauer Inc.


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Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2017 Recipients

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Gedalyah Engel Education Award:

Abigail McClure (Burnett Creek Elementary School):
Funds used to purchase books for a reading and research unit Abigail has developed that challenges students to explore conflicts in the world that have led to change. Students learn about young adults, just like themselves, who fought for human rights in different parts of the world.

Karen Salyer (Delphi Community Middle School):
Funds for travel expenses to Poland and Israel to expand her knowledge of the Jewish people and their culture and history. Her travel experience will directly impact her teaching of the Holocaust and its effect on the Jewish people.

Sherry Risley (North White Jr./Sr. High School):
Funds will be use to take her special education students to the Illinois Holocaust Museum to see artifacts relating to the books they have read in class (Daniel’s Story and The Diary of Anne Frank). Sets of these books will be purchased for use throughout the school. Students will present a summary of their experiences to their classmates.

Alicia Spray (McCutcheon High School):
Funds for travel to Washington D.C. to attend the Belfer Conference at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and visit the NEWSEUM with the aim of learning how stereotyping and discrimination have played a role in the loss of human rights.

Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2016 Recipients

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Gedalyah Engel Education Award:

Jerilyn Smith (Sunny Side Intermediate School):
Funds used to publish and distribute a book for students in Tippecanoe County middle and high schools based on her knowledge of “The Great Devouring: Romani (Gypsies) of the Holocaust .”

Kyle Harris (Battle Ground Middle School):
Funds for the purchase of books to prepare his 7th grade students for a field trip to three major religious centers : Hillel International, the Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Fawn McTagertt (McCutcheon High School):
Funds for travel expenses to Washington DC to take part in the Belfer Conference at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dawn Sargent (Sunnyside Intermediate School):
Funds for the purchase of realistic fiction and non-fiction books for her students for an interdisciplinary unit on the history of the Holocaust and WWII.

Denise Walker (Southwestern Middle School):
Funds a collaborative effort between Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School where students will discuss and create thier own stories regarding bullying.

Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2017 Application Process

Educators interested in applying for an Engel Award should contact Sarah Powley, Co-Chair of the GLHRC (spowley at

Applications will be due January 27, 2017.

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 Indiana ASP District 4 (Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, White, Carroll, Cass, and Clinton 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 this category 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.

Education Award Application Details (PDF file)