Chicago

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

July

  • 17
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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.

    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 resistant to violence are more relevant than ever and central to the work of Facing History and Ourselves. Workshop participants will study the fragility of democracy in Weimar Germany, the ensuing Holocaust, and the legacies of this history through an in-depth, case study. 
    July 17, 2019 - July 18, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle St
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 23
    Choices in Little Rock
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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.

    Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced the threats of angry mobs when they attempted to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The desegregation of Central High School ignited a crisis historian Taylor Branch describes as “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.” We will examine this key moment in U.S. history and learn new ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.

    July 23, 2019 - July 24, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 25
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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 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? We will explore this significant period in U.S. history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the civil war.
    July 25, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602

August

  • 8
    Race and Schools
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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.

    Race and Schools: Past and Present

    Where do assumptions about race, achievement, and intelligence come from? Eugenics, or “race science,” had a profound impact on American educational practice. How do we as educators grapple with what this history means for our students and for creating more equitable schools today?
    August 8, 2019 - August 9, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 13
    Exploring Identity in the United States
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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.

    My Part of the Story: Exploring Identity in the United States

    My Part of the Story provides a fresh and engaging way to begin a course in United States history, literature, or civics. This contemporary identity unit helps students explore who they are and where they come from—to understand the value of their individual voices in the story of the United States.  

     

    August 13, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    2 N LaSalle
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    Chicago, IL 60602
  • 15
    Americans and the Holocaust
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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.

    Americans and the Holocaust

    This workshop introduces Facing History’s new unit that explores the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped the varied American responses to the growth of Nazism and the humanitarian refugee crisis of the 1930’s and 1940s.
    August 15, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    2 N LaSalle
    Chicago, 60602
  • 20
    Connecting History and Current Events in the Classroom
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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 History Now: Connecting History and Current Events in the Classroom

    This workshop will introduce you to Facing History’s approach to bringing current events into the classroom in a thoughtful, balanced way.
    August 20, 2019
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    2nd Floor Conference Center
    2 N LaSalle
    Chicago, IL 60602

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Videos to Inspire You

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

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.

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.

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

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

Contact Us

2 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60602

312-726-4500

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