Sissy Revord, who teaches middle school lanugage arts at St. Paul Catholic School in Leesburg is traveling to Washington, DC, this summer to attend the Bearing Witness Summer Institute. Sissy is one of only 40 Catholic teachers nationwide invited to participate.
She will be taking part in a five-day, intensive study designed to further her skills for providing lessons about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and prejudice in schools and the community.
“I’m honored to be selected for this prestigious program. Teaching about the Holocaust and social justice is an important element throughout our middle school curriculum,” Sissy says. “The Bearing Witness program will help bring to life important anti-hate lessons to our classrooms today.”
The Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness Seminar is held at several sites around Washington, DC. These include the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Embassy of Israel, Georgetown university, and a loal synagogue. Those who lead the sessions are specialists in various field of Jewish studies, Holocaust studies, and Catholic-Jewish relations.
Bearing Witness is a partnership between the Anti-Defamation League, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Georgetown University Center for Jewish Civilization and local dioceses.