Task Force on Holocaust Education
MissionThe mission of the Commissioner's Task Force on Holocaust Education is to assist school district professionals and support staff in preparation for teaching the history of the Holocaust which will lead to:
- An investigation of human behavior.
- An understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping.
- An examination of what it means to be a responsible and respectful person for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions by offering intensive training programs, curriculum materials, resources, and sustained support.
History of Task ForceIn 1994, a Holocaust Bill was passed in the state of Florida, which mandated the teaching of Holocaust instruction in grades K-12. The Commissioner of Education created a Task Force on Holocaust Education and appointed members to serve. The Task Force serves as an advisory group to the Commissioner of Education and coordinates Holocaust education activities on his behalf. In addition, an ad hoc committee for educators has been developed to discuss the implementation of the mandate.
Task Force SitesThere are now ten sites throughout the state:
- The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education - Florida Atlantic University
- Florida Holocaust Museum - St Petersburg, FL
- Center for Academic and Professional Development Holocaust Institute for Educators - Florida State University
- NE Florida Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education - Florida State College at Jacksonville
- Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, Inc. - Dania Beach, FL
- Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC) - Tallahassee, FL
- Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida - Maitland, FL
- Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida - Naples, FL
- Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida - University of Florida
- University of Miami Teacher Training Institutes - Coral Gables, FL
These sites play a major role in ensuring the effective implementation of section 1003.42, Florida Statutes, by providing support and service in the following service areas identified in the Task Force mission statement.
Intensive Training Programs
- The designated sites offer pre-service and in-service opportunities designed to support and enhance the curriculum materials and resources provided by the sites.
- In addition, the sites participate in a Department of Education program called the Holocaust Education Summer Teacher Institutes.
- These intensive training institutes on Holocaust education are held at the Task Force sites throughout the state.
- Florida teachers have the opportunity to explore and investigate the implications and ramifications of the study of the Holocaust as well as to meet survivors, liberators, rescuers, scholars, and historians.
Curriculum and Resources
- The Designated sites work cooperatively with one other to exchange, distribute, and support the use of framework and of resource materials developed by the Task Force.
- Each site cooperates with other sites to ensure that all curricula meet the state’s standards of accuracy and efficiency.
- These resources help to ensure that students throughout Florida’s education system are made aware of the history of the Holocaust and are caused to reflect on human behavior in today’s world.