Chicago

Opened in 1990, our Chicago office provides professional development and resources to more than 5,761 educators.

Since the Chicago office opened in 1990, more than 5,761 local educators have participated in Facing History's professional development programs. These teachers annually reach over 372,800 middle and high school students in over 727 public, religious, and independent schools in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Our training enables students to deepen their knowledge of history, their understanding of the origins of hatred and violence, and their ability to relate history to their own lives. And this collection of resources helps educators address sensitive topics, like the 2016 election, in the classroom. A strong alliance with Chicago Public Schools and growing partnerships with suburban, religious, and charter schools enables us to have critical and significant impact. 

See more of our work in our Chicago Regional Profile

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2 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60602
United States

Contact

312-726-4500

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Maureen Loughnane at the 2017 Chicago Benefit Dinner

Maureen Loughnane, Facing History’s Executive Director in Chicago, tells a powerful story from her days as a student that helped steer her, ultimately, to work at Facing History.

Stories Matter: A Facing History Teacher Uses Her Own Story to Connect with Students

Lydia Kurkjian Mantis recounts her family's harrowing experience during the Armenian Genocide and shares how she draws on her own childhood experiences to connect with her students today.

Michael Soffer, Oak Park and River Forest High School - Oak Park, IL

Students come to understand how their family narratives—and those of their classmates—fit into the larger context of American history through the use of auto-ethnography.

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Inside a Chicago Facing History Classroom

2017

September

  • 27
    My Part of the Story
    Workshop
    Illinois
    $10.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    My Part of the Story: Exploring Identity in the United States

    In our world, our communities and, importantly, in our schools, we face a diversity of identities and perspectives. Join us for this  afterschool workshop to learn about Facing History’s new resource, My Part of the Story. 
    9.27.17
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Open Books
    651 W. Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60661
  • 28
    Fostering Civil Discourse, Part 2
    Webinar
    Online

    Fostering Civil Discourse, Part 2

    There has been much conversation about the need to foster civil discourse: in our government, in our media and in our classrooms and communities. As we consider ongoing issues related to race, justice, and policing, educators are rightly concerned about the lessons that today’s middle and high school students might be absorbing.

    9.28.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October

  • 5
    Teaching the Rise of the Nazis Through Images
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching the Rise of the Nazis Through Images

    Facing History and Ourselves recently published a major revision of our seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled in a single resource. Join us for a 3-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!

    Online
    10.5.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11
    Choices in Little Rock
    Workshop
    Illinois
    $220.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

    This workshop explores the desegregation of Central High School in 1957, a defining moment in the American civil rights movement.

     

    10.11.17 - 10.12.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Wells Community Academy High School
    936 N Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
  • 11
    Fostering Civil Discourse, Part 1
    Webinar
    Online

    Fostering Civil Discourse, Part 1

    There has been much conversation about the need to foster civil discourse: in our government, our media, and our classrooms and communities. As we consider ongoing issues related to race, justice, and policing, educators are rightly concerned about the lessons that today’s middle and high school students might be absorbing.

    Online
    10.11.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 12
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    Due to overwhelming interest, we have reached capacity. Registration for this course has closed. We will be offering this course again in early 2018. 

    Note: We are running this instance of the course as a Beta version, free of charge, as we test new features.  We hope that you will provide us feedback to improve our courses going forward.

    Even if you've been teaching this novel for years, Facing History’s online course, A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, will help you bring a fresh approach to your class’s exploration of Harper Lee’s classic work. This course, and the free accompanying resource, Teaching Mockingbird, expand the focus of study beyond the purely literary. You will learn how to incorporate historical context, civics, and ethical reflection into your teaching in ways that deepen students’ understanding of the novel, enrich their knowledge of history, and illuminate fundamental questions of human behavior.

    Online
    10.12.17 - 11.15.17
  • 18
    Fostering Civil Discourse, Part 2
    Webinar
    Online

    Fostering Civil Discourse, Part 2

    There has been much conversation about the need to foster civil discourse: in our government, in our media and in our classrooms and communities. As we consider ongoing issues related to race, justice, and policing, educators are rightly concerned about the lessons that today’s middle and high school students might be absorbing.

    Online
    10.18.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 19
    Henrietta Lacks
    Workshop
    Illinois
    $10.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Race and Science: Teaching The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    In 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman, died of cervical cancer in a public, segregated Baltimore hospital. Before her death, doctors removed some of her tumor cells, which they soon discovered could thrive in a lab—something no human cells had done previously.
    10.19.17
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Open Books
    651 W Lake St
    Chicago, IL 60661
  • 23
    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Seminar
    Illinois
    $330.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This seminar features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for upper middle and high school social studies, civics, and humanities teachers.

     

    10.23.17 - 10.25.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Wells Community Academy High School
    936 N Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
  • 25
    Teaching in a Time of Terrorism
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching in a Time of Terrorism

    Over the past few years, there have been many times when we've awakened to news of terrorism---close to home or far away. As an educator of adolescents, what do you do? How do you create a context for a conversation? When do you choose to scrap your daily lesson and focus on contemporary events? When do you pause for a moment and then carry on with your planned curriculum? This webinar addresses these questions and others, providing support for educators to think about what and how they will teach in a time of terror. 
    10.25.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 26
    Corporate Breakfast: Race in the Workplace
    Corporate Event
    Illinois

    Can We Talk About Race in the Workplace?

    You are warmly invited to Facing History Chicago's  first-ever corporate breakfast. Dr. Deborah Plummer and Dr. Manika Turnbull will present corporate sector strategies for discussing and furthering racial and social equity in the workplace.


    Dr. Deborah Plummer

    Blue Cross Blue Shield
    300 E Randolph St
    60601 Chicago
    10.26.17
    8:00 am - 9:30 am

November

  • 7
    Classroom Tools for Everyday Empathy
    Workshop
    Illinois
    $110.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Classroom Tools for Everyday Empathy and Civil Discourse

    One year out from a divisive election, there is continuing conversation about the need to foster civil discourse: in our government, in our media, and in our classrooms and communities. How can we create spaces in our classrooms to understand and engage with a diversity of identities and perspectives? How can we foster reflective civic engagement, especially in times of divisiveness?

    11.7.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Wells Community Academy High School
    936 N. Ashland
    Chicago, IL 60622
  • 7
    New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Webinar
    Online

    New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior

    Facing History and Ourselves recently published a major revision of our seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled in a single resource. Join us for a 3-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition! 
    Online
    11.7.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 30
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Workshop
    Illinois
    $220.00

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This workshop introduces educators to Facing History's new resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel.

     

    11.30.17 - 12.1.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Wells Community Academy
    936 N Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622

December

  • 7
    Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today
    Webinar
    Online

    Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today

    Facing History and Ourselves recently published a major revision of our seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled in a single resource. Join us for a 3-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition! 
    Online
    12.7.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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