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Task Force on Holocaust Education

Mission

The 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 Force

In 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 on the Commission. 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. Visit the Task Force's official website.

Task Force Sites

There are now nine sites throughout the state:
  • Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg
  • Florida State University – Center for Professional Development in Tallahassee
  • Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in Hollywood
  • Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida in Maitland
  • Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton
  • The University of Florida
  • The University of Miami
  • The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida
  • Holocaust Education Resource Council in Tallahassee

These Sites play a major role in ensuring the effective implementation of Florida Statute 1003.42 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.