Since 1990, the Chicago office has served more than 11,000 local educators with programs and resources reaching 830,000 middle and high school students.


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Facing History’s professional development and curriculum enables teachers and students to explore their own identities, deepen their knowledge of history, their understanding of the origins of hatred and violence, and their ability to relate history to their own lives. A strong alliance with Chicago Public Schools and growing partnerships with suburban, religious, and charter schools enables us to have critical and significant impact in the Chicagoland area. Our content and methods have been proven to transform students, teachers, classrooms and schools.

“Facing History explains why things are happening and puts the power in your hands to take the next step.” - Facing History Chicago Student

Chicago Public Schools educators and administrators discuss how Facing History professional development has helped prepare them to address important topic with their students.

Upcoming Chicago Events

Professional Development



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    Teaching the Reconstruction Era

    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 workshop has been rescheduled to January 7th - 14th 2021.

    This workshop explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity. This workshop is only open to Chicago Public School humanities teachers who will be working with high school students.

    January 7, 2021 - January 14, 2021
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Videos to Inspire You

Get to know our work through stories told by teachers, students, scholars, and partnering organizations.

Impact of Facing History in a Classroom

Chicago teacher describes how Facing History helps him address issues of identity.

Ava Kadishson Schieber, Holocaust Survivor, Shares Her Story with Facing History Students

Holocaust survivor, artist, poet, Ava Kadishson Schieber speaks to students about how she survived the war by leaving her family and hiding on a farm. She answers students questions about her survival, her faith, and her education.

Facing History Now

Facing History and Ourselves empowers students to know themselves and use their voice. Get inspired by these stories and then consider making history with us.


Facing History, Chicago Advisory Board

Stacy Sharpe, Chair*

Eric Adelstein
Aaron Bianco
Genie Bindler
John Brooklier
Greg Cameron
Ellen B. Carmell**
Steve Cohen
Theresa Cothern
Lilly Farahnakian
Kristyn Friske
Jill Garling*
Karen G. Harrison*
Amy Kaplan
Kevin Keefe
Christopher D. Lueking
Richard Melcher**
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan
Stuart Nathan
Joanne Nemerovski
Bonnie Oberman
Kathy Richland Pick**
Michael Pucker**
Peggy Salamon, MD
Carole Segal
Gordon Segal
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Tom Wippman
Judy Wise*
Aretae Wyler

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

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