The New Generation Initiative (NGI) plan was created by Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo (HRCOB) director of education Andrew Beiter. Mr. Beiter is an 8th grade social studies teacher at Springville Middle School, Regional Education Coordinator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Director of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, Board member of Buffalo for Africa, Co-Education Director of the Robert H. Jackson Center, Teacher Fellow for the Lowell Milken Center for Tolerance in Kansas, and a teacher liaison for Kerry Kennedy’s Speak Truth to Power program. Drew has organized numerous workshops on human rights and genocide prevention and was co-founder of the Educator’s Institute for Human Rights
NGI Purpose and Background
As the HRCOB observes its 30th Anniversary, the organization has a great deal to celebrate. Having reached over 500,000 students and countless others within the Western New York community, the agency has been a model for bridging the lessons of the past to the eyes of the future. With that said, the next five years will be a pivotal time for it, and likeminded Holocaust education groups, as they build upon the incredible foundation the Survivor community has provided. It is with that spirit of optimism that the NGI is proposed. The premise that reaching educators and creating teacher-leaders must be the driving force behind everything the agency does, or contemplates to do. In fact, doing so is vital for its survival.
The HRCOB is proud to have five professionally trained educators on staff. The HRCOB and educational staff are working on the following.
- Creating an education department and reaching a new generation of teachers
- Redesigning the HRCOB website
- Connecting the Holocaust to contemporary issues
- Organizing an annual, daylong conference for teachers in the Buffalo area on Holocaust and genocide education
- Connecting with area college and university professors to annually teach a class on Holocaust education to their social studies and English education students
- Creating several easy-to-use, point-and-click Holocaust lessons on the HRCOB website that are interesting, interactive, and Common-Core friendly
- Leading an annual trip for teachers to the USHMM in Washington, D.C., during the summer
- Producing a series of short, classroom-friendly videos of Survivors to be archived on the HRCOB website
- Networking with local and national education organizations to reach common educational goals, including with the Robert H. Jackson Center, the International Institute of Buffalo, Buffalo for Africa, the Anne Frank Project, the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, and the USHMM
- The HRCOB will reach out to a local high school English or social studies staff member for one afterschool meeting a month to inform them of the HROCB’s programs and offerings