Past Teacher Forums

  • 2018 - Your Classroom as a Laboratory, with Marilyn Cochran-Smith
  • 2018 Fall - Lesson Study: A Powerful Practice for Teacher Learning, with Jennifer Lewis
  • 2017 - What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good, with Joel Westheimer
  • 2016 - Coercion in the Classroom, with Alfie Kohn
  • 2015 - Interpretive Discussion: Engaging Students in Text-Based Conversations, with Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
  • 2014 - The Moral Dilemmas of Teaching - Small Moments that Matter, with Anna Richert
  • 2013 - Silence in the Classroom, with Kathy Schultz
  • 2012 - Seeing Learning, with Steve Seidel
  • 2011 - Cultivating an Ethic of Excellence in Schools, with Ron Berger
  • 2010 - Collaborative Learning in the Classroom: Awaken the Joy of Interpreting Texts, with Orit Kent
  • 2009 - Accountable Talk: Classroom Conversations that Promote Learning, with Sarah Michaels


Teaching in a Time of Hate
with Simone Schweber

Professor Schweber's presentation and the audio of her talk are now available.

Simone Schweber

February 9, 2020

Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University

  • What does it mean to teach against hate?

  • What ought we as teachers do in the face of hate-based incidents?

In this interactive workshop, we investigated what it means to teach at a time when demeaning discourses have become more acceptable in the public sphere, where extreme political polarization is the norm, and where hatred, generally, is on the rise. Together, we tackled what to do when hate-based incidents occur in our classrooms, schools and communities, as well as discussed how to teach against hatred across the curriculum.

Simone Schweber is the Goodman Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has done research on teaching and learning about the Holocaust and genocide, teachers’ working environments in the wake of de-unionization, and the role of religion in public schools. Lately, she has become interested in the rise of white nationalism and authoritarian populism. She teaches courses for social studies teachers-to-be, qualitative research methodologies, and representations of the Holocaust and genocide.

Special thanks to co-sponsors the DeLeT Alumni Network (DAN), and Brandeis University's Center for German and European Studies and Education Program.


Each year the Mandel Center Teacher Forum brings educators together to explore central ideas in teaching and learning.

The 2020 is Teacher Forum is co-sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis, and the Delet Alumni Network (DAN).