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Since 1990, the Chicago office has served more than 8,633 local educators with programs and resources reaching 622,800 middle and high school students.

 

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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. 

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

2019

January

  • 23
    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 Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel.

    1.23.19 - 1.24.19
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 29
    Teaching Current Events
    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.

    Navigating Critical Conversations: Teaching with Current Events

    This workshop will focus on Facing History’s approach to bringing current events into the classroom.

    1.29.19
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602

February

  • 6
    Teaching Holocaust Literature
    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.

    Teaching Holocaust Through Literature in Middle and High School

    We will examine ways to integrate primary source documents with different Holocaust memoirs appropriate for both middle and high school as we dig into fundamental questions of human behavior.

     

    2.6.19 - 2.7.19
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 28
    Legacies: Purchased Lives
    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.

    Legacies: Purchased Lives

    Using Illinois Holocaust Museum’s special exhibition “Purchased Lives,” we will  investigate the origins of concepts of race, and how assumptions led to justification for inhumane treatment and enslavement of others.Comprehending the impact of enslaving people is both challenging and crucial in understanding America’s history.  In this workshop, through resources and teaching strategies, Facing History will support educators (and their students) in exploring this difficult history and its legacies today.
    2.28.19
    9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
    9603 Woods Drive
    SKOKIE, IL 60077

March

  • 6
    Teaching Schindler's List
    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.

    Using Film to Explore the Holocaust: Teaching Schindler's List

    Schindler’s List tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a war profiteer and member of the Nazi party who saved over 1,100 Jews during World War II. The movie explores the human capacity for monumental evil as well as for extraordinary courage, caring, and compassion. It turns history into an opportunity for moral reflection.

    3.6.19
    4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 14
    History and Immigration
    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.

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

    What does it mean to be an American? How does a society integrate immigrants and how do immigrants transform societies? We will explore these questions through history and the contemporary realities of immigration in the United States.

    3.14.19
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 20
    A Complicated Legacy: Genocide and Mass Violence
    Workshop
    Illinois

     

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    A Complicated Legacy: Genocide and Mass Violence

    In the wake of mass violence, how might we better understand choices made by individuals and groups that led to atrocities? How do communities work to achieve both healing and justice? 

     

    Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
    9603 Woods Drive
    Skokie, IL 60077
    3.20.19 - 3.21.19
    9:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Videos to Inspire You

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

Educators Value Facing History Professional Development

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

CPS Educators on Facing History and Student Connections

Chicago Public School Teacher, Marilen Corres, describes how the unique resources and voices from history in her Facing History classrooms gives voice to the voiceless.

Making History Personal

Facing History teacher Alayna Washington, describes how Facing History provides her students the tools they need to connect history to contemporary issues they are facing today.

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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
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
Carole Segal
Gordon Segal
Stacy Sharpe*
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Tom Wippman
Judy Wise*

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

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