July 23, 2016 (Washington, DC): Kelly Watson, who serves as an Educational Program Director for the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, has accepted an invitation from the Documentation Center in Cambodia (DC-Cam) to present at a training on the History and Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust. Ms. Watson travels to Battambang, Cambodia, where she will also observe educational practices designed by DC-Cam for Commune Teacher Trainings on the history of Democratic Kampuchea. 100 Cambodian History teachers will gather for the event from October 10-14, 2016.
According to Youk Chhang, Executive Director of DC-Cam, “The trainings have the dual focus of developing the teachers’ understanding of the history as well as facilitating their capacity in student-centered learning approaches.”
“Kelly’s extensive experience with teacher training in both Holocaust and Contemporary Genocide Education make her an ideal presenter for this event,” observed EIHR’s Executive Director, Kate English. “She’s an excellent practitioner, and understands the complexities of the content well.”
Ms. Watson is an 8th grade English teacher at Fishers Junior High in Fishers, Indiana. She is a member of the Regional Education Corps for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Master Teacher with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, and a 2013 participant of the Centropa Summer Academy in Berlin. She has traveled throughout the US and Poland, working with teachers on how to effectively teach about the Holocaust and other genocides. In 2001 she published a collection of testimonies with her students, entitled Indiana Voices of the Holocaust: Teens Talk to Survivors and Liberators, and in 2012 along with colleague Robert Hadley published an online curriculum for the USC Shoah Foundation called If You Survive, Be a Man: Teaching the 1994 Rwandan Genocide of the Tutsis and an Information Quest on the USC Shoah Foundation's IWitness page about survivor Kizito Kalima.