The Holocaust Museum Houston has named two St. Cloud State University students as Warren Fellows for the Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers program May 28-June 3 in Houston, Texas.
Communication arts and literature teaching majors Shannon Backlund, Holdingford and Megan Schlangen, Rockville, are among the twenty-five pre-service teacher educators and graduate students selected by a faculty and Museum panel.
The prestigious week-long fellowship program introduces university students preparing for a career in teaching or advocacy to the history, lessons and how to effectively teach about the Holocaust and other genocides.
Eminent Holocaust and genocide scholars provide historical and academic content, and university and Fellowship faculty and Museum staff provide pedagogical context.
During the week, Fellows have the opportunity to meet and work with Holocaust survivors.
“No matter what experience and knowledge I come into teaching with, I can be honest in saying that with the amount of information, testimonials, emotion and unimaginable truths associated with the Holocaust, I have not learned enough,” Backlund said.
Initiated in 2003 and supported by the Naomi and Martin Warren Family Foundation, The Warren Fellowship for Future Teachers is designed to bring the lessons of the Holocaust into the classroom and is a major component of the Museum’s educational outreach for pre-service teachers.
“My hope is that their interest, experience and commitment will help to initiate a new consortium of Minnesota secondary educators around issues and topics related to the Holocaust and other genocides,” said Dan Wildeson, director for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.