Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Service Learning

Grade Levels: K-12

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center supports student field trips (in-person & virtual) which are free to all CPS schools through their opportunity grant, provides student programming and events, and curates rotating exhibits geared towards taking action. The museum also offers PL for teachers.

Have provided curriculum and other SL opportunities for teachers in the past. See below for more information on the Museum's educator and student programs.

Illinois Holocaust Museum offers both on-site and virtual field trips to our world-class exhibitions, including the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition for grades 7-12, Make a Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition for grades 3-6, and the Take a Stand Center for grades 7-12. Each offers character-building lessons drawn from the Museum’s artifacts and exhibits, including photographs, documents, and first-person accounts of Holocaust survivors and Upstanders. Virtual field trips are a rich, interactive experience with questions for reflection and discussion, glossaries, and extension activities. These resources invite students to consider the power of choice, responsibility, citizenship, and human rights, and to discover what influences our decisions to act as bystanders or Upstanders in response to inhumanity. Visit:

Additional resources include traveling and virtual teaching trunks that allow educators to create meaningful age/grade-appropriate lessons employing award–winning fiction and nonfiction, historical references, and other educational materials. Each trunk has been carefully developed to address State and National Learning Standards, including Common Core State Standards. Teaching Trunks are provided free of charge. Visit

Each year, we offer three Student Leadership Days for students in grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-11. Each program engages students in a variety of activities that inspire them to build leadership skills, explore their roles as citizens, and develop a deeper awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, genocide, and other human rights issues. Students return to their communities equipped to promote greater acceptance and understanding, and leave with increased knowledge, tools, and resources to stand up against injustice and bigotry. Visit:

Our Professional Development workshops engage teachers in range of topics around the Holocaust, genocide, civics, and human rights. At each workshop, educators gain content knowledge and receive classroom resources and activities to enhance their units and their students’ learning. Visit:

  • Professional Development
  • Curricular enrichment provider
  • Experiential Learning (Classroom)
Powerful Practices
  • Informed Action/Experiential Learning
  • Relevant/ Authentic Content
  • Examine Who We Are
Social Science Core Areas
  • Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education
  • Powerful Practices
  • Inquiry-Driven


9603 Woods Dr
Chicago, IL 60077


Jessica Hulten
Assistant Manager of Education