INCORPORATING LIGHT INTO YOUR SCHOOL
Incorporating the LIGHT Initiative into your school is super easy! Just follow the steps below, and let us know if you have any questions.
STEP 1: Leader - Find a motivated teacher to lead your school’s LIGHT Education Initiative.
STEP 2: Classroom - Designate a classroom as your new LIGHT Center, ideally one near the library.
STEP 3: Decorate - Make your LIGHT Center look like a space for remembrance, research, art, and guest lectures.
STEP 4: Relocate - Permanently move your existing Holocaust, genocide, and human rights-related courses to the classroom. Have relevant after-school clubs begin to meet there. The students in those classes and clubs will help run the Center’s programs and events.
STEP 5: Share - Find a way to share the space among your colleagues, maybe with your school’s computer lab or library sign-up program.
STEP 6: Celebrate - Have your students plan a “Grand Opening” event. See “PROGRAMMING” for ideas.
STEP 1: Fundraise - Apply for grants, ask for in-district funding, reach out to local businesses and organizations, or utilize other methods of crowd-funding.
STEP 2: Furniture - Get collaborative, mobile classroom furniture to allow for quick and easy reconfiguration.
STEP 3: Technology - Introduce technology to the Center for research, community outreach, and event planning.
STEP 4: Art - Frame art, paint murals, get display cases - give students a place to proudly display their finest work.
STEP 5: Media - Create an online presence through social media and your school’s web page.
STEP 1: Organize - Schedule community educational events (e.g. evening Holocaust remembrance programs, refugee or cultural appreciation events, immigration art shows.)
STEP 2: Take Action - Create new student leadership opportunities through independent studies, and have those students work toward innovative educational approaches to the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights.
STEP 3: Educate - Organize community lecture series or online course offerings, e.g. “The Holocaust” or “Human Rights Violations and Genocide”
STEP 4: Integrate - Cross-curricular LIGHT integration (following the STEM/STEAM model).
STEP 5: Archive - Create school district digital archives of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights local survivor testimonies, lectures, and online courses.