The primary mission of the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust is to educate North Carolina public school teachers and students about the facts and lessons learned from the Holocaust. These lessons center on tolerance, compassion, pluralism, anti-bullying and an appreciation and respect for diversity. The Holocaust Council also provides (1) historical information regarding the Holocaust and anti-Semitism to public school students and teachers and (2) lesson plans and teaching strategies for teachers on how to teach the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.
The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust is the only state-mandated organization in North Carolina with the objective to educate the public about the Holocaust. The Holocaust Council is a state agency organized under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction with the objective to provide training and support (purchasing classroom sets of books and sending plays, speakers, and traveling exhibits to schools) for teachers teaching the Holocaust.
The Holocaust Council is used by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to foster teamwork, acceptance, diversity and anti-bullying programs in the public schools. The Holocaust Council remains as the state’s First Responder to combat (1) Holocaust deniers, (2) misconceptions and ignorance about the Holocaust, Jews and Judaism, (3) anti-Semitism, (4) bullying, (5) hate and bigotry and (6) pro-Nazi sentiment in North Carolina public schools.
The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust travels to where the teachers are. The Holocaust Council goes where the teachers live and teach. The Holocaust Council goes to rural, underserved and remote areas of North Carolina as well as to urban centers.
The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust has seven long-term program initiatives as part of its strategic plan to support teachers and schools:
(1) free teacher workshops with sub-pay reimbursement, (2) free teacher Holocaust resource guides and lesson plans, (3) a statewide Holocaust Speakers Bureau, (4) free traveling exhibits, (5) free traveling plays, (6) regional lending libraries and (7) purchasing classroom sets of books.