Chicago

Since 1990, the Chicago office has served more than 7,847 local educatorsin professional development programs. These teachers annually reach over 573,500 middle and high school students in over 1,011 public, religious, and independent schools in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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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. Our 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. 

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August 14, 2017

Resources to help educators manage the difficult conversations around the bigotry and hatred demonstrated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA.

Upcoming Chicago Events

Professional Development

2018

July

  • 24
    History and Immigration
    Workshop
    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.

    History and Immigration: Identity, Citizenship, and Belonging in a Changing World

    What does it mean to be an American? Who may live among us? Participants will explore these questions as they consider the history and contemporary realities of immigration in the United States. We will consider how the choices and actions of immigrants have shaped ideas about freedom and democracy and influenced what it means to be American.
    7.24.18 - 7.26.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Weinberg/Newton Gallery
    300 W Superior #203
    Chicago, IL 60654

August

  • 2
    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.

    8.2.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Weinberg/Newton Gallery
    300 W Superior #203
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • 14
    News Literacy: Current and Controversial Issues
    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.

    News Literacy: Facing Ferguson, Current and Controversial Issues

    The shooting of Michael Brown and the protests that followed became a flashpoint for the discussion about race, policing, and justice. Using the information aftermath of Ferguson and a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will examine how implicit biases shape our understanding of the world, and how news literacy skills and concepts can help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and become effective civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.

     

    8.14.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Weinberg/Newton Gallery
    300 W Superior #203
    Chicago, IL 60654

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Videos

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

Facing History in 60 Seconds

There are many classes that teach science, math, and English. There’s only one that teaches us to be more human.

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.

Pages

Facing History, Chicago Advisory Board

John Brooklier, Chair*

Eric Adelstein
Aaron Bianco
Gene Bindler
Ellen B. Carmell
Steve Cohen
Linda Burns Coleman
Nick Colvin
Theresa Cothern
Jill Garling
Karen G. Harrison
Roxanne Hori
Francis Idehen
Amy Kaplan
Christopher D. Lueking
Paul Meister
Richard Melcher
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan
Stuart Nathan
Joanne Nemerovski
Bonnie Oberman
Kathy Richland Pick
Michael Pucker
Michael J. Sacks
Peggy Salamon
Carole Segal
Gordon Segal
Stacy Sharpe
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Tom Wippman
Judy Wise

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2 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60602

312-726-4500

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