Cleveland

Established in 1999, the Cleveland office has provided more than 4,000 educators with programs and resources. These teachers reach over 280,000 middle and high school students in 475 public, independent, and religious schools across Ohio.

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Facing History and Ourselves has deep relationships with all Cleveland area school districts, especially, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). In 2012, CMSD and Facing History started a high school, Facing History New Tech, where Facing History curriculum and values are embedded into every grade level and discipline. Facing History Tech, along with 11 other public, parochial, and charter schools in our partner schools network, are dedicated to engaging students with rigorous interdisciplinary content to foster academic skills and ethical awareness.

 

Learn More About Our Impact

Read about our vision for the future and our work in Cleveland and beyond. Learn how you can get involved.

 

Northeast Ohio Partner Schools Network

In addition to the 305 schools we reach annually, Facing History has a comprehensive school wide program for those schools who want a broader impact. Through the NEO Schools Network, Facing History is working closely with 13 independent, parochial, and public Cleveland area schools to implement Facing History’s approach school-wide, across all grade levels and in all subject areas.

Get to Know Our Participating Schools

Violins of Hope, Cleveland Uses Music and Drama to Teach About Resilience

Violins of Hope Education Concert by The Cleveland Orchestra combines music and theater to give educators and students a unique and powerful lens by which to view the important role of music in Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust.

To use the full concert recording in your classroom, please visit the ideastream video page and follow the password request instructions.

Violins of Hope Cleveland is a collaboration between Facing History and Ourselves, Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and ideastream.

News and Announcements

April 30, 2021

Our updated look retains our heritage but in a digitally-optimized design that will stand out in a crowd, amplify our voice, and reach new audiences.

March 19, 2021

Hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) communities have deep roots in US history. We decry the violence in Atlanta and mourn with the victims' families.

February 25, 2021

“If you were to peer into a Facing History classroom, you would not see an educator who's lecturing,” said Pamela Donaldson, program director for the Cleveland office of Facing History and Ourselves.

January 15, 2021

From KQED.com, read how educators used resources from Facing History and Ourselves and other organizations to...

January 08, 2021

Read this article from eschoolnews.org, which lists helpful resources from organizations like Facing History and Ourselves that educators can use to...

 

Upcoming Events

2021

October

  • 14
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online
    Online Course

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust using Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This course features Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for educators.

    Registration has closed.

    Online
    October 14, 2021 - November 24, 2021
  • 18
    Jewish Communal Diversity and Inclusion with Tema Smith
    Online
    Workshop

    Diversity and Inclusion Within Our Jewish Communities: A Conversation with Tema Smith

    What does equity look like in Jewish spaces, and how has this conversation evolved in recent years? How do our identities and lived experiences inform this work? The 2020 Pew Study on American Jewish Life cited an increasingly diverse American Jewish community. Join us in conversation with writer Tema Smith as we explore what it means to develop inclusive Jewish communities. This is part one of a two part speaker series on Teaching for Equity and Justice in the context of Jewish Education.

    October 18, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 20
    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.

    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.

    Registration has closed.

    October 20, 2021 - October 21, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
  • 20
    Facing Hate
    Online
    Webinar
    7–8 PM ET
    6–7 PM CT
    5–6 PM MT
    4–5 PM PT

    Facing Hate: A Modern Challenge for an Ancient Hatred

    Antisemitism is an ever-present ideology that retains its power in the modern era. It persists across the political spectrum, across national borders and across age, education levels and other demographic markers - and in our schools. What do we need to unlearn in order to help our students recognize and confront contemporary antisemitism effectively?

    Online
    October 20, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 27
    Coming of Age in a Complex World
    Online
    Webinar
    5–6 PM ET
    4–5 PM CT
    3–4 PM MT
    2–3 PM PT

    Introducing “Coming of Age in a Complex World”: A New Resource Collection for Literature Teachers

    In this webinar, we will introduce Coming of Age in a Complex World, a new collection of resources for English and language arts classrooms. Join us to learn about innovative resources and flexible approaches that integrate the study of literature with culturally responsive practices, social-emotional learning, and civic development.

    Online
    October 27, 2021
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • 27
    Re-engaging with Institutional Missions for School Leaders
    Online
    Online Workshop

    Re-engaging with Our Institutional Missions: A Conversation for School Leaders in Jewish Settings

    Due to near-instantaneous pivots to online learning, hybrid educational models and constantly changing initiatives for health and safety, many schools have needed to pause efforts that, while central to the school’s mission, were less urgent in this unprecedented time. Please join Facing History staff and fellow Jewish day school leaders as we learn strategies and evaluative tools that will help benchmark and track how we re-engage with our unique institutional missions and reconnect with longstanding goals.

    This workshop is intended for educational leadership and administration team members, including principals and heads of school.

    October 27, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November

  • 1
    Teaching for Equity and Justice
    Online
    Workshop
    $275.00

    This workshop takes place on Zoom.
    November 1–2, 2021
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET)
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm (CT)
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm (MT)
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm (PT)

    Teaching for Equity and Justice

    Join us for a two-day online learning experience as we examine moments in the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and provide educators with the tools necessary to mitigate these barriers to equity.

    November 1, 2021 - November 2, 2021
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Online
  • 18
    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.

    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.

    November 18, 2021 - November 19, 2021
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
2022

January

  • 12
    Teaching for Equity and Justice
    Online
    Workshop
    $275.00

    This workshop takes place on Zoom.
    January 12–13, 2022
    2:00 pm – 7:00 pm (ET)
    1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (CT)
    12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (MT)
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm (PT)

    Teaching for Equity and Justice

    Join us for a two-day online learning experience as we examine moments in the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and provide educators with the tools necessary to mitigate these barriers to equity.

    January 12, 2022 - January 13, 2022
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    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.

    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

February

  • 16
    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.

    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.

    February 16, 2022 - February 17, 2022
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

March

  • 3
    Teaching for Equity and Justice
    Online
    Workshop
    $275.00

    This workshop takes place on Zoom.
    March 3–4, 2022
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET)
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm (CT)
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm (MT)
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm (PT)

    Teaching for Equity and Justice

    Join us for a two-day online learning experience as we examine moments in the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and provide educators with the tools necessary to mitigate these barriers to equity.

    March 3, 2022 - March 4, 2022
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Online

April

  • 7
    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.

    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.

    April 7, 2022 - April 8, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
  • 11
    Teaching for Equity and Justice
    Online
    Workshop
    $275.00

    This workshop takes place on Zoom.
    April 11–12, 2022
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET)
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm (CT)
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm (MT)
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm (PT)

    Teaching for Equity and Justice

    Join us for a two-day online learning experience as we examine moments in the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and provide educators with the tools necessary to mitigate these barriers to equity.

    April 11, 2022 - April 12, 2022
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Online

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Videos

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

Facing History - 20 Years in Cleveland

Celebrating 20 years of Facing History and Ourselves in Cleveland.

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.

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.

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Contact Us

Mailing address: 3 Severance Cir, #181417, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Phone: 216-321-9220

Executive Director: Mark Swaim-Fox
Advisory Board Chair: Amy K. Carlson

 

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