Spotlight: Facing History’s New Urban Civic Learning Lab
The Rita Allen Foundation has featured the launch of the Facing History and Ourselves Urban Civic Learning Lab in Memphis, Tennessee, which captures findings from decades of Facing History’s work in urban schools to share with educators worldwide. Since its founding by two public school teachers in 1976, Facing History has had a commitment to school systems and students in urban areas, which represent over 60% of the schools with which the organization partners.
Facing History celebrated the launch of the learning lab in fall 2012 by bringing together leaders in government, business, education, and civic organizations for the full-day conference Engaging Education: Rethinking Learning, Teaching, and Achievement in Urban Schools.
“A Facing History class is often the only place in a school where students discover that the world can be repaired, and violence can be prevented,” Facing History co-founder and executive director Margot Stern Strom wrote in an op-ed about the lab’s launch that was published in the Memphis-based Commercial Appeal newspaper.
The conference and Facing History and Ourselves’ Urban Civic Learning Lab are supported by a grant from the Rita Allen Foundation and by the Memphis Endowment donors.
Read “Urban Civic Learning Lab,” in the Rita Allen Foundation winter newsletter.
Learn more about Facing History’s work in urban education.
Learn more about Facing History’s work in Memphis.