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.

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Professional Development



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    Red Summer in Chicago for Chicago Public School Ed

    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 series will consist of two live online sessions.

    The sessions will be held on:

    1. Friday, March 12, 2021 (10:00am - 3:00pm CT)

    2. Friday, March 19, 2021 (10:00am - 3:00pm CT)

    This workshop series will be held via Zoom. Attendance on both dates is required. 

    Red Summer in Chicago for Chicago Public School Educators

    Join Facing History & Ourselves and Chicago Public Schools Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement virtually to learn about the new unit The Red Summer in Chicago. The new CPS vision for Social Science emphasizes that students are engaging in culturally relevant and sustaining content through the practices of inquiry. This means that all of our students' identities, experiences and histories are fully reflected across the social sciences. This unit was constructed to align to this vision, which sheds light on a defining moment in Chicago’s history: a week-long episode of racial violence in 1919 that claimed the lives of thirty-eight people.

    Though it was a watershed event in local history, the violence was part of a nationwide wave of racist violence against African Americans (and in smaller numbers, Mexican Americans) that occurred from April to November of 1919. Legacies of this “Red Summer” are essential to confront in developing an understanding of the systemic racial injustice, in general, and in the city of Chicago today.

    This unit is intended for 10th grade US History teachers. Educators of Ethnic Studies, African American History, Chicago History, and Contemporary American History are invited to apply.

    March 12, 2021 - March 19, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Videos to Inspire You

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.


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Address: 2 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-726-4500

Executive Director: Maureen Loughnane
Advisory Board Chair: Stacy Sharpe


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