Rachael Cerrotti & fellow journalist Julie Lindahl are filmed by WBUR (Boston's NPR station) about their unique journeys to retrace family history.

Rachael Cerrotti & fellow journalist Julie Lindahl are filmed by WBUR (Boston's NPR station) about their unique journeys to retrace family history.

Rachael is an educator and a consultant, specializing in curriculum development that teaches Holocaust history through a contemporary perspective. Similar to her reporting, she approaches history through a restorative narrative lens — telling stories of trauma and tragedy through personal narratives that exhibit resilience and hope.

Speaking Engagements Have Included :

U.S. Embassies in Sweden & Czech Republic, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, The Tuzman Holocaust Teach-in at Gratz College, Moore College of Art, Wheelock College, Humanity In Action Pre-Genocide Conference, Kutz Camp, various Hadassah chapters and nearly two dozen congregations in the Northeast region.

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All lectures, presentations and classes are adjusted for the specific audience. The material can be adapted for school-aged children, high school and university classes, and adult education. Dialogue programs and workshops are also available.

To request a speaking engagement, please contact : rachaelcerrotti@gmail.com

To learn more, please visit : www.followmyfootprints.co

Rachael Cerrotti brings a powerful, personal, and deeply relevant voice to any community wanting to grapple with our global past and with heartbreaking current events. Her combination of extensive knowledge of World War II and her grandmother’s journeys is matched by her passion for justice for displaced peoples today. I have seen her work with both adults and teens, and would highly recommend bringing her in to teach and/or present. She will tailor her material to your community’s needs, and use multimedia resources to draw in and engage participants.
- Rabbi Shoshana, Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA.

Using photographs, video, interviews, archival documents, contemporary headlines, and personal stories, Rachael brings her long-term project, Follow My Footprints, into classrooms and communities, adjusting the focus of her presentations and workshops to speak to the age and interest of the audience. 

She has created curriculums for and worked with hundreds of students of all ages, from as young as fourth grade to adult education. 

For teen and young adult classes, workshops can be molded to aid students in better understanding the refugee crisis and to build empathy for those facing persecution today. Contemporary chapters of this work paired with historical context are an important opportunity to have challenging conversations in a safe space. Rachael's goal is to bring a new relevance to the history of World War II that inspires students to think about how the past -- both personal and political -- has come to effect the present.

For adult education, Rachael often focuses on the personal journey she took following in her grandmother’s footprints, exploring the coexistence between trauma and resilience and the importance of storytelling from generation to generation. She does not shy away from the grief that lays within the pages of her grandmother's history and speaks about her own experience with the sudden death of her young husband. She is driven to tell stories of suffering and survival through a restorative lens that empowers.

She is currently producing a podcast for the Shoah Foundation which will be used in thousands of classrooms worldwide (coming September 2019). And, throughout the 2018-2019 school year, Rachael has been working with Facing History & Ourselves as a teacher and a consultant, working with a group of high school students on a project-based learning program that teaches Holocaust history and gives training in collecting testimony from survivors. In addition, Rachael is the Direction of Educational Programming for the upcoming Evian III Student Leadership Conference, organized by Sosua75.

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2019 Speaking Schedule

May 2019 : Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School (MA) / Guest Teacher

May 2019 : Brandeis University (MA) / Speaker

March 2019 : Temple Isaiah (MA) / Adult Education

February 2019 : Congregation Dorshei Tzedek (MA) / Guest Teacher, 6th grade

2018 - 2019 : Temple Isaiah / Heroes & Heroines of the Holocaust (MA) / 11th grade

2018 - 2019 : Facing History & Ourselves with Temple Sinai (MA) / 10-12th grade

  • A project-based learning program to teach Holocaust history and train students in collecting testimony from survivors.

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