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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Chicago, IL 60602
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Inside a Chicago Facing History Classroom

Upcoming Events

2017

March

  • 1
    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 into a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
    3.1.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 8
    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 into a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
    3.8.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 9
    Integrating LGBTQ Voices into the Humanities
    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.

    Teaching for Safe and Inclusive Classrooms: Integrating LGBTQ Voices into the Humanities

    In this interactive workshop, we will focus on Facing History and Ourselves’ core themes of identity and membership and share best practices for integrating LGBTQ topics into classroom curriculum. We will explore connections between stereotypes, fear, and homophobia and model strategies for creating classroom environments that respect students’ unique identities and help foster equity of voice.

    3.9.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    National Teachers Academy
    55 W Cermak Rd
    Chicago, IL 60616
  • 15
    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 into a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
    3.15.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 15
    A Youth Lead Community Conversation with Wesley Lowery
    Community Event
    Illinois

    Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age: A Youth Lead Community Conversation with Wesley Lowery

    Join us for a Youth Lead Community Conversation with Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with The News Literacy Project.
    University of Chicago: Gleacher Center
    450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
    Chicago, IL 60611
    3.15.17
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Event
  • 15
    Livestream! Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age
    Community Event
    Online
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    Livestream! Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age: A Youth Lead Community Conversation with Wesley Lowery

    Join us for a Youth Lead Community Conversation with Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery facilitated by Dr. Christopher Benson. presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with The News Literacy Project.
    3.15.17
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Event
  • 22
    Viral Rumors and Fact Checking
    Webinar
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    Student Summit: Viral Rumors and Fact Checking

    Viral Rumors and Fact Checking will give your students the opportunity to join a virtual classroom and meet with an experienced journalist to explore the challenges of sorting fact from fiction in the digital age. This is part one of a two-part series about key topics in news literacy for teachers and their classrooms.
    3.22.17
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • 24
    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
    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.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior Advanced Workshop

    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 workshop features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for teachers who are already teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior.

     

    3.24.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    South Shore International College Preparatory High School
    1955 E 75th St
    Chicago, IL 60649
  • 28
    Film as Text: Standards-Based Literacy
    Workshop
    Illinois
    $0.00

    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.

    Film as Text: Standards-Based Literacy

    Learn strategies for finding evidence in film to support an argumentative writing prompt and text-based discussions. This interactive after-school workshop is designed for social studies, civics, and humanities teachers.
    3.28.17
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    South Loop Elementary School
    1212 S Plymouth Ct.
    Chicago, IL 60605

April

  • 6
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    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 online course introduces Facing History’s newest resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civics education into ELA curricula. It explores important themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward others.
    4.6.17 - 5.10.17
  • 6
    Power and Pitfall of Images: How to Look at Images Online
    Webinar
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    Student Summit: Power and Pitfall of Images: How to Look at Images Online

    The Power and Pitfall of Images: How to Look at Images Online will engage students with visual literacy strategies, and how we might be responsible consumers, sharers, and producers of journalistic images. This is the second event in the two-part series exploring key topics in news literacy for teachers and their classrooms.
    4.6.17
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 24
    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities
    Online Workshop
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities

    In this five-day online workshop, we will introduce you to content about the 1937 Nanjing Massacre that will broaden your teaching of World War II beyond its usual European focus. Through the lens of an overlooked moment in history—when the Japanese Imperial Army brutally raped, tortured, and murdered thousands of Chinese men, women, and children—we will discuss universal questions relating to war crimes and human behavior in times of crisis and explore post-war legal efforts to hold individuals and nations accountable.
    4.24.17 - 4.28.17
  • 26
    2017 Chicago Benefit Dinner
    Benefit Dinner
    Illinois

    2017 Chicago Benefit Dinner

    Facing History and Ourselves empowers educators and youth to wrestle with difficult issues through the lens of history. Benefit Dinner Co-Chairs Stacy Sharpe and Lamont Jones invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the annual Chicago Benefit Dinner  to celebrate and raise support for our work in Chicago and across the globe. We’ve been doing this work for 40 years, and it’s never been more important. Facing History students will change the world for the better if we help them pave the way.

    Hyatt Regency
    151 East Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60601
    4.26.17
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Event

May

  • 9
    Teaching About Contemporary Antisemitism
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching About Contemporary Antisemitism

    This webinar focuses on new materials that Facing History and Ourselves has developed on contemporary antisemitism.

     

    5.9.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event

June

  • 26
    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 printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for 6-12th grade U.S. history, world history, humanities, or English language arts teachers committed to implementing a four-week (or more!) Facing History unit. 

    6.26.17 - 6.28.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    TBD
    Chicago, IL

July

  • 10
    Race and Membership
    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.

    Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

    Using Facing History’s resource book Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement, this seminar will explore how Americans defined citizenship and membership in the early part of the 20th century and the echoes and legacies of this movement today.

     

     

    7.10.17 - 7.12.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    TBD
    Chicago, IL
  • 17
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    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.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    This seminar explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.

    7.17.17 - 7.19.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    TBD
    Chicago, IL

DePaul University and Facing History Celebrate Collaboration

DePaul is incorporating Facing History’s resources, materials, and classroom strategies on civic engagement throughout programs for working and aspiring teachers in DePaul’s College of Education.

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Celebrate 25 Years of Facing History in Chicago

Facing History Chicago celebrates 25 years with a look back at some of the amazing special guests, educators and students who have challenged our thinking, enriched our learning and fostered the participation of our community. Speakers include: Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Elie Wiesel, Eboo Patel, Terrence Roberts, John Amaechi.

Rory Muchow's Facing History Classroom

Teacher Rory Muchow from Oscar Mayer Magnet School speaks at the 2015 Chicago Benefit Dinner. Rory encourages students to ask questions and explore choices that both connect and divide us all. Through open dialogue and deep investigations, such as the weeklong investigation about the Freedom Riders she leads with students, Rory challenges students to combat stereotypes and stand up to injustices with the help and support of Facing History curricula.

Iyonna M. at the 2015 Chicago Benefit Dinner

Iyonna M., a student at Chicago's Lincoln Park High School, drew her motivation to respond to injustice in her community from learning about the Freedom Riders. She explains that the courage and persistence embodied by the Freedom Riders helped her work through and eventually help resolve conflicts with classmates who were mistreating others.

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