Teacher Professional Development

The Sydney Jewish Museum offers professional development seminars for teachers throughout the school year for all teachers who are interested. Participating teachers are presented with newly-developed materials and practical approaches to teaching these key subjects.

Teachers will be taken on a special guided tour of the Museum and its archives, and will have an opportunity to join a growing network of professional educators for ongoing development. Teachers of the Holocaust will also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of Holocaust survivors, and engage critically in testimony as an historical source.

The Sydney Jewish Museum is a NESA-endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

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Teacher Training Online

Join our museum educators for professional training webinars from the comfort of your home to gain deeper understanding of the topics on the curriculum.

Examine primary material from the Museum collection and work through case studies you can use with students. Each webinar will run for 90 minutes and will include an interactive presentation and a Q&A.

To browse our upcoming Teacher Training webinars and to book your place, follow the link below.

Teacher Training Webinars

Onsite Teacher Training

New Perspectives: Teaching the Holocaust in Australian Classrooms

16 hours of NESA-accredited professional development

This two-day professional development seminar is offered in two streams: one stream offers teachers a chronological exploration of key themes and historical events, and the other addresses the content points of the HSC Modern History Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919–1946: The Nazi regime to 1939.

Participants are welcome to move from stream to stream throughout the program, and will gain in-depth knowledge of Holocaust history, practical teaching strategies and approaches to handling confronting material with sensitivity. This seminar is run twice a year, and at both offerings participants will have the opportunity to hear testimony from Holocaust survivors.

Cost: $140 (lunch and seminar materials provided)

Beyond Representation: English Teacher Training

16 hours of NESA-accredited professional development

Literature and film are unique ways for students to engage emotionally and intellectually with the Holocaust. Different kinds of narratives provide us with different types of knowledge and raise important questions: are there moral and ethical limits that should be placed on such representations? Does fiction add to our understanding of an historical period – and if so, how? Is the Holocaust beyond representation?

This two-day professional development seminar will provide teachers with an opportunity to consider these questions and explore how they can use different texts, including popular fiction, film and first-hand testimonies, to enrich their students’ learning about the Holocaust. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear testimony from Holocaust survivors.

Cost: $140

Deconstructing Memory: Joint Anzac Memorial and Sydney Jewish Museum Teacher Training

6 hours of NESA-accredited professional development

In partnership with the Anzac Memorial, this full-day program will address areas of the year 11 Core The Nature of Modern History, considering particularly History and Memory and Representation and Commemoration of the Past. Held across both the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Anzac Memorial, teachers will consider how these spaces might be used as site studies, unpacking the ways history and memory are inscribed in our buildings and understood by those who work within them.

Cost: $70

Studies of Religion: Judaism in Focus

13 November

A collegiate, full day program that brings together educators and HSC Markers from throughout New South Wales, providing a deeper understanding of key features of the syllabus.

Our training day includes in-depth seminars focusing on key features of Judaism. Delivered by expert educators, the seminars are designed to help draw connections between content areas, and provide in-depth understandings of syllabus requirements.

Cost: $70 (lunch and seminar materials provided)

Staff Spiritual Reflection Days

Jewish thought and culture have decisively shaped much of our society and have contributed in many ways to ethics and philosophy in the modern world. The Sydney Jewish Museum operates programs designed to complement Staff Retreats and Spiritual Days. The workshop encourages personal reflection on spiritual and religious beliefs and welcomes questions from those deeply curious and interested about matters of religion. Jewish philosophies are examined, and for those who wish to learn more about Judaism we provide an interactive session on Shabbat, Hebrew, dietary laws and Passover.

  • 1st hour – Education Workshop ‘Windows into Judaism’
    What do Jewish people believe? What is the relationship between ancient Jewish texts and modern Jewish practice? Includes an interactive example of Jewish rituals and celebration.
  • 2nd hour – Museum Tour of ground floor exhibits ‘Culture & Continuity’
    Exploration of Jewish history from biblical to modern times. Curriculum links to celebrations and rituals such as Shabbat, Hanukkah, Passover and sacred Jewish texts.
  • 3rd hour (optional) – Survivor Testimony
    “Surviving the Holocaust”: a personal story.


Holocaust education program

Teachers! We invite you to join the cadre of Australian teachers who have become expert Holocaust educators by training at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. The Sydney Jewish Museum offers two scholarships, covering all expenses for this course. Participants gain a detailed and in-depth understanding of the history of the Holocaust, as well as the tools and techniques of how to teach it. Leading historians will share the results of their latest research, Expert educators will introduce the pedagogical and age appropriate approaches on how to teach the Holocaust. 

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Connect with fellow teachers and Museum educators to build a conversation about teaching history and the Holocaust in the classroom.

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