Beginning the New School Year in Los Angeles

August 31, 2016

Dear Friends:

This summer has been marked by heart-breaking violence across our country and around the world. The increasingly divisive rhetoric that characterizes the current election season has spilled over into our daily lives.

We know that classrooms are not immune from current events and many students have questions about how to interpret the world around them. Facing History is proud to partner with teachers and schools to help guide these conversations. Our tools have become a valuable resource for educators and community leaders who are committed to building safe and inclusive communities and empowering students to become informed, engaged, and compassionate upstanders in our democracy.

Below are just a few of the timely and relevant resources we’ve planned for the year ahead. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our Learn + Teach + Share blog, and check out our calendar of online and in-person events. I’m especially excited to invite you to our September 24 screening of Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home. The event, presented by Facing History and The Allstate Foundation, is part of our annual Summit on School Culture, where hundreds of Facing History students, educators, and administrators from over 20 middle and high schools across Los Angeles come together to help create a school culture rooted in empathy and respect. Learn more and register.

More than anything, we look forward to being in conversation with you this year. Facing History’s community of educators, students, alumni, scholars, thought leaders, volunteers, supporters, partners and community members challenges and inspires us every day. Your insights, questions, and suggestions are essential to our learning organization, so please be in touch. We’re looking forward to another great year with you!


Warm regards,

Liz Vogel
Director, Los Angeles
Facing History and Ourselves

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