As opposed to a bystander, an UpStander is someone who acts to confront prejudice and injustice and does his or her part to make the world a better place.
UpStander Ed. is the primary education program of the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh. The program has three goals:
1. To serve as the standard for a Holocaust curriculum in the region. This requires lesson content that draws connections between the events of the Holocaust and being an "UpStander" today. There should be a balance of learning from the past and combating bullying and intolerance today.
2. To engage students in understanding and analyzing specific components of the Holocaust. Rather than structuring a curriculum where students are lectured to and relying heavily on a textbook, UpStander Ed. will focus on being interactive and appealing to a variety of student learning abilities/styles.
3. To develop paths of mutual understanding and respect among students today. The HC will provide the tools and resources needed for students to learn to accept differences among their peers. Using the events of the Holocaust, we can illustrate the horrors of intolerance and demonstrate positive elements of a tolerant learning environment.
After participating in UpStander Ed., students will be able to:
1. Answer the question, “What was the Holocaust?”
2. Place the Holocaust in history in terms of
a. International history
b. National history
c. Local history
d. Personal history
3. Define what an UpStander is, in relation to a
UpStander Ed. is designed to provide flexibility for the HC and the beneficiary schools to customize our educational approach. This will ensure that we meet our strategic goals, as well as the needs of schools and community organizations concerned about preventing intolerance - whether reacting to an incident or seeking to supplement their Holocaust-based curriculum. Ideally, UpStander Ed. will reach middle and high school students in the traditional and non-traditional school environment in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Ultimately, within the next five years, we hope to be implementing this program throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.
The HC will tailor each lesson specifically according to a district and/or school's needs. Each class/school can request a curriculum that is interdisciplinary and grade specific, so that the HC can maximize its impact in classrooms across the region. Although Holocaust education is predominately taught in History and Social Studies classes, UpStander Ed. can be tailored to function effectively in other subjects, such as Literature, Music, and Civics/Government. The HC also has the ability to send its Holocaust Education Fellow to a school to implement UpStander Ed.
Historically, our tolerance education has incorporated the Holocaust Survivors Organization Speakers Bureau. Using the Holocaust as a starting point for a broader conversation about what it means to be a victim of hate or intolerance, we show youth how they can be "UpStanders" during instances of intolerance, instead of falling into the roles of victims, perpetrators, or bystanders. Our survivors are aging and experiencing increasing limitations; thus, every year we lose more of our speakers who can share their Holocaust stories firsthand. UpStander Ed. will help fill that void by bringing the message of the Holocaust and its relevance for today to more students.
Please contact Rachel Herman, Holocaust Education Fellow, for more information about:
• Bringing UpStander Ed. into your classroom
• Curriculum assistance
• Assistance with accessing factually- and historically-accurate Holocaust resources for your classroom
412-421-1500 x 103