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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Institute Associate

Darryle Clott, Holocaust Workshop Coordinator

Darryle ClottDarryle Clott earned a bachelor’s degree in 1966 and a master’s in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She retired from La Crescent (Minn.) High School in 2004 where she taught a comprehensive unit on the Holocaust for several years in her English classes. The classes inspired her to attend the Teachers’ Summer Institute on Holocaust and Jewish Studies and Jewish Resistance in Poland and Israel in 2001, and she is currently on their Alumni Advisory Board. As her interest in the Holocaust grew, Clott became a member of the American Friends of the Jewish Fighters Museum Consortium of Holocaust Educators, and is the founder of the Midwest Holocaust Education Consortium. She is a Teacher Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

She teaches history of the Holocaust in the undergraduate and Adult Learning programs at Viterbo University and leads Holocaust Educator Workshops. She is an associate of the Ethics in Leadership Institute at Viterbo University and is a member of the Chancellor’s Community Council at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is instrumental in bringing Holocaust survivors to the La Crosse community at Viterbo University including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, and Presidential Medal of Honor winner Gerda Weissmann Klein, along with Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza, humanitarian Greg Mortenson, and bestselling author Mitch Albom.

Clott was a participant in the 2006 Educators’ Seminar of the Educational Program on Yiddish Culture at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. She is on the Editorial Board of Yeshiva University’s PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators. Clott was honored with the Gregory P. Wegner Holocaust Education Award at the Congregation Sons of Abraham Synagogue in 2008 and was the Graff Distinguished Alumnus Award winner for 2008 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 2009, Clott was chosen to be part of a League of Women Voters project, “The Road She Traveled”, for local women who have had a significant impact on their community.

Clott is the 2009 La Crosse Toastmasters’ Communication and Leadership award winner. In October 2010, she was one of 10 American Holocaust educators chosen to travel to Poland to study Holocaust pedagogy with Polish Holocaust educators in a program sponsored by the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C. The La Crosse area YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women Trailblazer Award was presented to Clott in November 2010. In May 2011, she was given the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The medals are presented on Ellis Island to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation, and the world.

Presentations 

  • "Dream Big—Change Lives", Keynote Speaker, Gundersen Health System Mother's Day Friendship Luncheon, La Crosse, Wis., May 11, 2013.
  • "Jamming on the Text", Holocaust Educators' Workshop, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis., April 12, 2012.
  • "Holocaust Remembrance Day", Fort McCoy, Wis., April 8, 2012.
  • “Why Studying the Holocaust is Important for People of all Ages", Martin Luther King Middle East Peace Forum, ELCA Stand for Peace, First Lutheran Church, Onalaska, Wis., Jan. 20, 2012.
  • “Think Big: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results", Keynote Speaker Women's Fund of Greater La Crosse Fall Luncheon, Oct. 17, 2012.
  • “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza”, The Genocide Reading Project, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Milwaukee, Wis., May 26, 2011.
  • “Holocaust Remembrance Day”, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, La Crosse, Wis., May 1, 2011.
  • “Holocaust Remembrance Day” Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Viroqua, Wis., April 10, 2011.
  • “Salvaged Pages: Young Writers Diaries of the Holocaust”, Holocaust Educators’ Workshop, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis., March 16, 2011.
  • “Growing Relationships in Holocaust Education”, Behavior and Organizations Classes, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis., April 26, 2010.
  • “Holocaust Teaching Techniques” Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies and International Education State Conference, Madison, Wis., March 15, 2010.
  • “Holocaust Remembrance Day”, Halfway Creek Lutheran Church, Holmen, Wis., March 11, 2010.
  • “Concise Literature Lessons to Further Holocaust Memory” National Council of Teachers of English National Convention, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 20. 2009.
  • “Teaching the Holocaust,” a one-week class at Washburn Academy, Onalaska, Wis., July 27–31, 2009.
  • “The Importance of Networking in Bringing Speakers to the La Crosse Community”, Theory and Behavior in Organization Classes, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wis., April 20, 2009.
  • “Teaching Holocaust Poetry” Holocaust Educators’ Workshop, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis., March 27, 2009.
  • “Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies in Teaching the Holocaust” Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies and International Education State Conference, Madison, Wis., March 16, 2009.
  • “Student Coping During Holocaust Studies: Analyses and Responses” National Council of Teachers of English National Convention, New York City, Nov. 21. 2008.
  • “Ideas on Teaching the Holocaust” In-service Presentation, La Crosse School District, Oct. 6, 2008.
  • “Survivor Memoirs: A Resource for 21st Century Holocaust Instruction”, the 6th International Conference on Holocaust Education, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, July 10, 2008.
  • “Teaching Gerda Weissmann Klein’s All But My Life” Ateret Cohn Holocaust Educators’ Symposium: Teaching the Holocaust: Lessons for the Future. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, March 2, 2008.
  • “Teaching the Holocaust in a Catholic Setting: Rationale, Responses, Rewards”, The American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters Museum’s Holocaust Education Consortium, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn., Jan. 21, 2008.
  • “Students Remember Survivors: Teaching Tolerance”, National Council of Teachers of English National Convention, New York City, Nov. 17, 2007.