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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
United States

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312-726-4500

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Inside a Chicago Facing History Classroom

2017

October

  • 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
  • 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
  • 15
    Navigating Difficult Conversations: Gender Identity
    Webinar
    Online

    Navigating Difficult Conversations: Gender Identity and the Classroom

    In this webinar, we will discuss how to facilitate thoughtful classroom conversations about gender identity so that open and respectful dialogue can happen in your classes.
    Online
    11.15.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 29
    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary

    In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of atrocities committed at Nanjing in December of 1937 by the Japanese Imperial Army, Facing History and Ourselves will offer a webinar introducing the teaching resource: The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War and an approach to teaching this history.

    Online
    11.29.17
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • 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
  • 30
    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary

    In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of atrocities committed at Nanjing in December of 1937 by the Japanese Imperial Army, Facing History and Ourselves will offer a webinar introducing the teaching resource: The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War and an approach to teaching this history.

     

    Online
    11.30.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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
2018

January

  • 18
    a Facing History Look at Belonging in Our City
    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.

    Chicago: The House that We Live In

    Chicago, like most urban centers, is home to a wide range of complex identities,  of both people and neighborhoods. This can provide opportunity for rich interaction, but sometimes can also lead to misunderstanding and conflict. How can we better understand the roles identity and belonging have played in Chicago’s rich history, including the dynamics of “us” and ”them”?
    1.18.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Wells Community Academy High School
    936 N Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622

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.

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