Registration for the 2021 Belfer Conference is now open!
The Conference is free to attend and will be held virtually in three different sessions.
Session I: Wednesday, July 7–Friday, July 9
The 2021 Belfer National Conference for Educators is free to secondary school and community college faculty interested in teaching about the Holocaust using resources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Session II: Wednesday, July 28–Friday, July 30
Belfer Alumni Next Steps National Conference for Educators is open to Belfer alumni.
Session III: Monday, August 2–Tuesday, August 3
The 2021 Belfer National Conference for Holocaust Education Partners is free to school administrators, curriculum coordinators, librarians, curriculum developers, CHEC partners, HITE professors, online curriculum providers, international Museum partners, or other Holocaust education partners.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conferences will be virtual events. Virtual event access details will be provided in your email registration confirmation.
A note from Amy Scharf, CYPRESS Committee Member and EVSC Educator:
As a local teacher and member of CYPRESS (the Committee to Promote Respect in Schools), I
want to encourage you to participate in this summer’s Belfer Conference for Educators, brought
to you by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM).
The conference has always been free, but this year’s virtual format means participants pay no
travel costs. All you need to do is sign up online at the USHMM Conference link.
In 2015, I had the opportunity to attend the Belfer Conference, and it was a week I will never
Days were spent learning hands-on strategies to fight hate and discrimination in the classroom.
Evenings were filled exploring the museum after hours, meeting teachers from around the
world, and hearing the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. I took away books, techniques, and
ideas that I have incorporated into my classroom ever since. This USHMM video from the 2015
Conference gives a sneak peak of the Conference activities.
According to a survey conducted by the non-profit organization Echoes and Reflections,
Holocaust education “cultivat[es] more empathetic, tolerant, and engaged students.” In a year
of division and uncertainty, the Belfer Conference resources are more important than ever. I
have already signed up for this summer, and I urge you to take advantage of this free
opportunity. I truly believe it will make a difference in your life and the lives of your students.
CYPRESS Board Member