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.


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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

May 29, 2020

Having watched the events of the last week: the indignity Christian Cooper experienced, George Floyd's death at the hands of police, the sorrow and outrage of protesters in Minneapolis and around the country—all set against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic which disproportionately impacts communities of color and reinforces long standing inequities—we are hurting and grieving. A message from Facing History President and CEO, Roger Brooks.


Events in Cleveland

Professional Development



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    Bridging the Equity Gap: Race and Membership in America

    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 workshop is held on non-consecutive days; attendance is required on both days.

    Session 1: November 10, 4:00 – 5:30pm (ET)
    Session 2: November 12, 4:00 – 5:30pm (ET)

    4:00 – 5:30pm ET
    3:00 – 4:30pm CT
    2:00 – 3:30pm MT
    1:00 – 2:30pm PT

    Bridging the Equity Gap: Race and Membership in American History

    Explore how Americans have debated who is entitled to the benefits and resources of citizenship. By studying the Eugenics movement of the early 1900s, educators and students will understand how these legacies continue today in our current educational and political structures.

    November 10, 2020 - November 12, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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    Literature that Engages Students in Identity and Choices

    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.

    Literature that Engages Students in Identity and Choices

    Join us as we explore ways to use literature to engage youth in thinking about identity, analyzing adolescent choices, and reflecting on the impact of circumstances on individuals.

    November 18, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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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.


Facing History, Cleveland Advisory Board

Amy K. Carlson,* Chair

Carolyn Arnold
James A. Goldsmith
Gregory A. Gumbs
Eduardo Kim
Garet Libbey
Jay Masurekar
Karen Nichols
Shelly Saltzman
Koyen Shah
Marcy Levy Shankman
Marjorie Simon**
Cynthia Tancer
Ingrid Tolentino
Lisa Vahey
Mary Ann Vogel
Marcia Wexberg
Khalilah Worley
Susan G. Block,** Emeritus
Holly Brooks, Emeritus
Howard Freedman, Emeritus
Joyce Glickman, Emeritus
Anne Conway Juster,** Emeritus
Amy Rogat, Emeritus
Loung Ung, Emeritus
Sally Wertheim, Emeritus
Trudy Wiesenberger, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

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Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
United States


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