What: The Dakota Writing Project Identity Institute (formerly known as the Holocaust Institute)
When: July 10 -July 15, 2011 (also, online activities; follow-up meeting October 22, 2011)
Where: Crazy Horse Memorial Welcome/ Orientation Center in Crazy Horse, South Dakota
Who: For teachers and other educators in a variety of subject areas
|Early registration by June 17, 2011||$200 DWP "general public" registration fee plus housing, food, and costs for three graduate credits at University of South Dakota Continuing Education rates|
|Late registration (after June 17, 2011)||$250 DWP "general public" registration fee plus housing, food, and costs for three graduate credits at Continuing Education rates|
DWP teacher-consultants (educators who completed the Dakota Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute):
|Early registration by June 17, 2011||$100 DWP teacher-consultant registration fee plus housing, food, and costs for three graduate credits at Continuing Education rates|
|Late registration (after June 17, 2011)||$150 DWP teacher-consultant registration fee plus housing, food, and costs for three graduate credits at Continuing Education rates|
Some comments by teachers who participated in the 2010 Holocaust Institute:
"I have learned so much from this Institute! I have numerous resources to help me continue to grow professionally. I have gained insight into the importance of teaching on the Holocaust, Native Americans, genocides, and historical trauma and the effects of that. I have learned both personally and professionally to remember the multiple perspectives that are always involved in human interaction. I have learned how to explore, discover, and teach identity in an appropriate way."
"The structure of the Institute lent itself very well to the development of the unit plans. We were given time to explore, think, collaborate, and work through the process in a supportive environment."
"This institute was challenging, emotional, and inspiring. The group of teachers inspires me. I want to keep teaching because of this. I feel like I could be a teacher for many more years and be satisfied as a professional."
"I have been refreshed and reenergized by the quality of the teachers and instruction at this Institute. I have enjoyed discussing difficult teaching topics and have felt that the participants and leaders were open and sincere, which built an open community in which to collaborate. I personally feel more in touch with my identity while also feeling more confident in reaching out to others with differing backgrounds."
"I am thankful to those who worked to put this together. This has given me great tools to include information about the Native American culture. I have been [hesitant] to include much before now because I did not want to misrepresent a culture that I value. I have more confidence now."
DWP teacher-consultants leading this institute include the following individuals:
Professor Jan Hausmann. — Hausmann teaches at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota; attended the 2008 Memorial Library Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education in New York City; and regularly incorporates Holocaust literature into her courses for pre-service teachers.
Sue Morrell. — Morrell, a National Board Certified teacher, teaches English courses at Wagner Community School, in a school district that includes a significant Native student population.
Professor Jason Murray. — Murray completed his PhD in English at the University of South Dakota and has accepted a position at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He is a Native American (Chocktaw and Chickasaw).