Chicago

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 Events

2022

January

  • 6
    Brave Classrooms: Taking on Antisemitism in Schools
    Online
    Online Mini-Course
    $0.00

    The live sessions for this mini-course take place on Zoom.
    January 13, 20, 27, and February 3. 
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (ET)
    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (CT)
    4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (MT)
    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (PT)

    Event is full. Registration has closed.

    Brave Classrooms: Taking on Antisemitism in Schools

    Join Facing History and Ourselves for an online mini-course. Our four sessions professional learning series will help you explore antisemitism from its ancient roots to contemporary manifestations. It will also offer classroom ready resources and teaching strategies to help your students recognize and stand up against hatred and bigotry.

    January 6, 2022 - February 3, 2022
    Online
  • 25
    Explorations: Building Inclusive Learning Communities
    Online
    Workshop
    $1,600.00

    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.

    Registration has closed.

    Explorations: Building Learning Communities through SEL, Equity, and Civic Education

    Join us for a new, online team-based professional learning experience including a workshop for teams, a readiness tool for your school, and personalized follow-up meetings. Learn about how Facing History's approach to equity, SEL and civics can transform your school.

    This workshop is directed towards design teams of educators from a school or district.

    January 25, 2022 - January 26, 2022
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
  • 27
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online
    Online Course
    Event is full. Registration has closed.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    Help students wrestle with the profound moral questions raised by the study of the Holocaust and foster their skills in civic engagement, ethical reasoning, critical thinking, and empathy — all of which are necessary for sustaining democracy.

    Online
    January 27, 2022 - March 9, 2022
  • 27
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online
    Online Course
    Event is full. Registration has closed.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This course introduces educators to Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel.

    Online
    January 27, 2022 - March 9, 2022
  • 28
    Choices in Little Rock
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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.

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

    This workshop has been moved to January 28th, 2022.

    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.

    This workshop is directed towards educators in Illinois.


     
    January 28, 2022
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Zoom

February

  • 2
    Holocaust and Human Behavior Office Hour
    Illinois
    Workshop
    $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.

    Office Hour: Teaching Your Holocaust and Human Behavior Unit

    Be in community with other teachers who are preparing to teach Holocaust & Human Behavior, as we discuss implementation with an experienced History educator, talk about modifications you may want to consider, and answer questions you may have. This office hour is for teachers who have already attended a Holocaust and Human Behavior Workshop.

    February 2, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Online

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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.

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Contact Us

Address: PO Box 180280, Chicago, IL 60618

Phone: 312-726-4500

Executive Director: Maureen Loughnane
Advisory Board Chair: Stacy Sharpe

 

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