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

Address

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

Inside a Chicago Facing History Classroom

Upcoming Events

2017

May

  • 31
    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!

    5.31.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event

June

  • 7
    Igniting Civil Discourse in Our Students This Summer
    Webinar
    Online

    Igniting Civil Discourse in Our Students This Summer

    In this webinar, we will model strategies designed to help you as educators navigate these challenging times and support your students in developing effective skills for civic participation.

    6.7.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 8
    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 civic education into ELA curricula through the exploration of themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward other members of their communities.

    6.8.17 - 7.12.17
  • 8
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course explores the Reconstruction Era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    6.8.17 - 7.11.17
  • 15
    Choices in Little Rock
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced angry mobs in their attempt to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In this online course we will examine this pivotal moment in the U.S. history and explore ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.

    6.15.17 - 8.2.17
  • 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
    National Teachers Academy
    55 W Cermak Rd
    Chicago, IL 60616

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
    National Teachers Academy
    55 W Cermak Rd.
    Chicago, IL 60616
  • 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
    William P. Gray Elementary School
    3730 N Laramie Ave
    Chicago, IL 60641

August

  • 16
    Facing History for Non-Humanities Educators
    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.

    Facing History for Non-Humanities Educators from Partnering Schools

    Join us for this one-day workshop for K-12 non-humanities educators from partner schools who want to learn “beginning of the school year” strategies that help build  community with students.

     

    8.16.17
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    TBD
    Chicago, IL
  • 17
    Planning Your Facing History Unit
    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.

    Planning Your Facing History Unit

    Please join us for a collaborative work session to plan your Facing History unit for the 2017-2018 school year. You will have the opportunity to work with both Facing History staff members and fellow teachers.

    8.17.17
    8:30 am - 12:30 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.

News

March 14, 2017

Over 200 students from across the Chicagoland area will gather to hear journalist Wesley Lowery discuss the changing landscape of journalism and the rise of social media on March 15 at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be live-streamed.

Participating Schools

Videos

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.

Rory Muchow's Facing History Classroom

Teacher Rory Muchow encourages students to ask questions and explore choices that both connect and divide us all in her Facing History classroom.

Iyonna M. at the 2015 Chicago Benefit Dinner

Iyonna M. draws courage from learning about the Freedom Riders.

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