Chicago

Opened in 1990, our Chicago office provides professional development and resources to more than 5,387 educators.

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Since the Chicago office opened in 1990, more than 5,300 local educators have participated in Facing History's professional development programs. These teachers annually reach over 350,200 middle and high school students in over 716 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. 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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2 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60602
United States

Inside a Chicago Facing History Classroom

Events

Upcoming Events

2016

June

  • 16
    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 when they were part of the 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.
    6.16.16 - 8.3.16
  • 16
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    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.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial? How is it shaped by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this online course we will examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups.
    6.16.16 - 8.10.16

July

  • 25
    Race and Membership in American History
    Seminar
    Illinois
    $550.00

    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.
    7.25.16 - 7.29.16
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    National Teacher's Academy
    55 W Cermak Rd
    Chicago, IL 60616

August

  • 8
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Seminar
    Illinois
    $550.00

    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.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    This seminar examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups.

    8.8.16 - 8.12.16
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    South Loop Elementary School
    1212 S Plymouth Ct
    Chicago, IL 60605
  • 17
    Teaching for Safe and Inclusive Classrooms
    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

    In this interactive workshop, we will focus on the Facing History and Ourselves themes of identity, membership, and community to introduce you to Facing History and help you build a safe and inclusive classroom this school year. We will also sample an array of proven teaching strategies, classroom activities, and multimedia resources.

    8.17.16
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Gray Elementary School
    3730 N Laramie Ave
    Chicago, IL 60641
  • 18
    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
    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.

    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

    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.
    8.18.16
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Gray Elementary School
    3730 N Laramie Ave
    Chicago, IL 60641

September

  • 26
    Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Online Workshop
    Online

    Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    December 10, 2016, marks the 68th anniversary of the publication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), an international and aspirational document created by Eleanor Roosevelt, and many others, in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. This online workshop will prepare you to bring this history into your classroom.
    9.26.16 - 9.30.16
    Event
  • 30
    An Introduction to Facing History and Ourselves
    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.

    An Introduction to Facing History and Ourselves Resources and Pedagogy

    This interactive workshop will introduce teachers to Facing History resources and pedagogy by focusing on the Facing History themes of identity, membership, and choosing to participate using non-fiction texts. Workshop sessions are designed to engage teachers in activities that will provide an introduction to these ideas for use at the beginning and throughout the school year.
    9.30.16
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Wells Community Academy High School
    936 N Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622

October

  • 6
    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.

    10.6.16 - 11.9.16
  • 6
    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.
    10.6.16 - 11.16.16
  • 13
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    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.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial? How is it shaped by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this online course, we will examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Participants will investigate the complexities of human behavior, judgment, memory, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today.
    10.13.16 - 12.7.16
  • 13
    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.
    10.13.16 - 11.30.16

December

  • 5
    Resistance During the Holocaust
    Online Workshop
    Online
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    Resistance During the Holocaust: An Exploration of the Jewish Partisans

    Join us for a three-day online workshop to explore our new unit, “Resistance During the Holocaust: An Exploration of the Jewish Partisans.”  This resource, created in partnership with Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, helps counter the portrayal that Jews were helpless victims, lacking the courage or means to fight back. 
    12.5.16 - 12.7.16
    Event
2017

January

  • 23
    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
    Online Workshop
    Online

    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

    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.

    1.23.17 - 1.25.17
    Event

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.

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About Facing History

Facing History teaches students to think for themselves and widen their perspectives. This short video tells the story of what we do, how we do it, and the many ways that you can take part.

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. Speakers include: Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Elie Wiesel, Eboo Patel, Terrence Roberts, John Amaechi.
Rory Muchow's Facing History Classroom
Teacher Rory Muchow from Oscar Mayer Magnet School speaks at the 2015 Chicago Benefit Dinner. Rory encourages students to ask questions and explore choices that both connect and divide us all. Through open dialogue and deep investigations, such as the weeklong investigation about the Freedom Riders she leads with students, Rory challenges students to combat stereotypes and stand up to injustices with the help and support of Facing History curricula.
Iyonna M. at the 2015 Chicago Benefit Dinner
Iyonna M., a student at Chicago's Lincoln Park High School, drew her motivation to respond to injustice in her community from learning about the Freedom Riders. She explains that the courage and persistence embodied by the Freedom Riders helped her work through and eventually help resolve conflicts with classmates who were mistreating others.

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