About Us

Our Mission

Facing History and Ourselves
uses lessons of history
to challenge teachers and their students
to stand up to bigotry and hate.

At Facing History and Ourselves, we believe the bigotry and hate that we witness today are the legacy of brutal injustices of the past. Facing our collective history and how it informs our attitudes and behaviors allows us to choose a world of equity and justice. Facing History’s resources address racism, antisemitism, and prejudice at pivotal moments in history; we help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives. Through our partnership with educators around the world, Facing History and Ourselves reaches millions of students in thousands of classrooms every year.

Independent research studies show that experience in a Facing History classroom motivates students to become upstanders in their communities, whether by challenging negative stereotypes at the dinner table, standing up to a bully in their neighborhood, or registering to vote when they are eligible.

Together we are creating the next generation of leaders who will build a world based on knowledge and compassion, the foundation for more democratic, equitable, and just societies.

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Our Values

We stand up.

We create space for each other.

We act with empathy and kindness.

We listen first and listen actively.

We are curious.

Serving a Global Community

From one classroom in one school in 1976, Facing History and Ourselves has become a global organization with a network of over 100,000 teachers, in every type of middle grade and secondary level school setting.

Our staff members are located in seven US locations: Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis, Los Angeles, New England, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. We also have entities in the UK and Canada, and educational partnerships around the world, including Colombia, France, Mexico, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

No matter where teachers, students, and communities are located, Facing History is here to help through online professional development, international events, and our free library of classroom resources.

From local and online events to courses and workshops, see what's coming up on our calendar!

You don’t need to live near one of our offices to work with us. Find out how to partner with us, hire us, or just get in touch.

Download free digital copies of our publications or buy print copies. Educators who have taken professional development with us can borrow class sets from our lending library here too.

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Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.