Los Angeles

Opened in 1994, our Los Angeles office provides professional development and resources to more than 4,936 area educators in 593 public, religious, and independent schools.
 

Since the Los Angeles office opened in July 1994, more than 4,936 local educators have participated in Facing History's professional development programs. These teachers annually reach over 305,000 middle and high school students in over 593 public, religious, and independent schools throughout Southern California.

In Southern California, there are an increasing number of schools that recognize the impact Facing History can make when the program is implemented in an in-depth way, either by using it in multiple grades or in yearlong courses. 

Address

350 S. Bixel Street, Suite 160
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States

Contact

213-202-2811

A Back-to-School Letter for the Southern California Community

Read a letter from Los Angeles Director, Liz Vogel ahead of the new 2016-17 school year.


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.... Read the full letter 

LA Network Blog

Events

2017

February

  • 2
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course explores the Reconstruction Era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    2.2.17 - 3.15.17
  • 2
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    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.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This online course introduces Facing History’s newest resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civics education into ELA curricula. It explores important themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward others.

    2.2.17 - 3.8.17
  • 9
    Choices in Little Rock
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced angry mobs in their attempt to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In this online course we will examine this pivotal moment in the U.S. history and explore ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.
    2.9.17 - 3.29.17
  • 23
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Seminar
    Online
    $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.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course introduces educators to our new resource, The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy, which provides a close examination of the social and moral dilemmas Americans faced after the Civil War and the construction of American identity.

    Scholarships available (see below).

    2.23.17 - 3.29.17
  • 27
    We Need to Talk: Conversations in a Time of Difference
    Workshop
    California-Southern
    $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.

    We Need to Talk: A Three-Part Series for Educators in Jewish Settings

    Join us for a three-part series on addressing contemporary social issues in the classroom for educators in Jewish Settings.
    2.27.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Sinai Akiba Academy
    10400 Wilshire Boulevard
    Suite SAA
    Los Angeles, CA 90024

March

  • 1
    Teaching the Rise of the Nazis Through Images
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching the Rise of the Nazis Through Images

    Facing History and Ourselves recently published a major revision of our seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled into a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
    3.1.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 8
    New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Webinar
    Online

    New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior

    Facing History and Ourselves recently published a major revision of our seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled into a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
    3.8.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 14
    Strengthening Interdisciplinary Literacy Skills
    Workshop
    California-Southern

     

     
     

    Strengthening Interdisciplinary Literacy Skills through Writing Strategies

    In collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Facing History and Ourselves presents two day-long workshops to prepare students for college, career, and civic life by building literacy skills needed for effective civic engagement in the 21st century as described in the newly updated California History-Social Science Framework.

    Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
    350 S. Bixel Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    3.14.17
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Event
  • 15
    Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today
    Webinar
    Online

    Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today

    Facing History and Ourselves recently published a major revision of our seminal case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled into a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
    3.15.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 15
    Livestream! Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age
    Community Event
    Online
    Register today to receive the livestream information!

    Livestream! Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age: A Youth Lead Community Conversation with Wesley Lowery

    Join us for a Youth Lead Community Conversation with Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery facilitated by Dr. Christopher Benson. presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with The News Literacy Project.
    3.15.17
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Event
  • 21
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Seminar
    California-Southern

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    This seminar, which will be conducted in a blended learning format of 2 days face-to-face and online components before and after, explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? We will explore this significant period  in U.S. history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the civil war.

    San Diego County Office of Education
    6401 Linda Vista Road
    Room 401
    San Diego, CA 92111-7319
    3.21.17 - 3.22.17
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Event
  • 22
    Viral Rumors and Fact Checking
    Webinar
    Online
    $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.

    Student Summit: Viral Rumors and Fact Checking

    Viral Rumors and Fact Checking will give your students the opportunity to join a virtual classroom and meet with an experienced journalist to explore the challenges of sorting fact from fiction in the digital age. This is part one of a two-part series about key topics in news literacy for teachers and their classrooms.
    3.22.17
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • 23
    Reclaiming the Identity of Youth Lost During the Holocaust
    Workshop
    California-Southern

    Reclaiming the Identity of Youth Lost During the Holocaust

    How do we understand and honor children's lives taken during the Holocaust?
    San Diego Jewish Academy
    11860 Carmel Creek Road
    San Diego, CA 92130
    3.23.17
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Event

April

  • 6
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    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.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This online course introduces Facing History’s newest resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civics education into ELA curricula. It explores important themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward others.
    4.6.17 - 5.10.17
  • 6
    Power and Pitfall of Images: How to Look at Images Online
    Webinar
    Online
    $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.

    Student Summit: Power and Pitfall of Images: How to Look at Images Online

    The Power and Pitfall of Images: How to Look at Images Online will engage students with visual literacy strategies, and how we might be responsible consumers, sharers, and producers of journalistic images. This is the second event in the two-part series exploring key topics in news literacy for teachers and their classrooms.
    4.6.17
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • 24
    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities
    Online Workshop
    Online
    $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.

    Exploring Crimes of War through the Nanjing Atrocities

    In this five-day online workshop, we will introduce you to content about the 1937 Nanjing Massacre that will broaden your teaching of World War II beyond its usual European focus. Through the lens of an overlooked moment in history—when the Japanese Imperial Army brutally raped, tortured, and murdered thousands of Chinese men, women, and children—we will discuss universal questions relating to war crimes and human behavior in times of crisis and explore post-war legal efforts to hold individuals and nations accountable.
    4.24.17 - 4.28.17
  • 29
    Music and Social Justice
    Workshop
    California-Southern
    $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.

    Music and Social Justice

    What is the role music can play in shaping the way we see others and ourselves? What can we learn about the past by focusing on music?

    4.29.17
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Skirball Cultural Center
    2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90049

May

  • 4
    Teaching in a Time of Terrorism
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching in a Time of Terrorism

    Over the past few years, there have been many times when we've awakened to news of terrorism—close to home or far away. As an educator of adolescents, what do you do?
    5.4.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event
  • 9
    Teaching About Contemporary Antisemitism
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching About Contemporary Antisemitism

    This webinar focuses on new materials that Facing History and Ourselves has developed on contemporary antisemitism.

     

    5.9.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Event

June

  • 21
    Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust
    Seminar
    California-Southern

    Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust

    Participants will explore the voices of young people during the Holocaust – what factors contributed to their identity, what choices they made, and what students today can learn by studying the Holocaust with an eye towards better understanding ordinary people and human behavior. 
    Museum of Tolerance
    9786 West Pico Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    6.21.17 - 6.22.17
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Event
  • 29
    Democracy at Risk
    Workshop
    California-Southern

    Democracy at Risk: a Forum Exploring Lessons from the Holocaust

    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 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. Holocaust and Human Behavior incorporates new scholarship, a broader range of perspectives, and a complex nuanced global view of the precursors, context, and legacy of this history.
    Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
    10 Chester Pl
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    6.29.17
    8:00 am - 5:20 pm
    Event

July

  • 18
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Seminar
    California-Southern
    $340.00

    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.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    This seminar explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.

    7.18.17 - 7.26.17
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
    350 S. Bixel St
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • 31
    Race and Membership
    Seminar
    California-Southern
    $40.00

    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.

    Race and Membership in American History: An Interdisciplinary Approach

    What are the origins of the idea of “race”? How did Eugenics shape the way people thought about the differences between humans? In what ways did the emerging science of heredity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contribute to historical and contemporary discussions of race? And, ultimately, how have these ideas shaped public policy?
    7.31.17 - 8.3.17
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    San Diego Museum of Man
    1350 El Prado
    San Diego, CA 92101

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Life After the War: Rita Lurie

Rita Lurie, who survived the Holocaust in Poland hiding with her family in a farmer's attic, explains what it was like to leave hiding at the end of the war, move through Displaced Persons camps in several countries over five years, and eventually emigrate to the United States. She describes some of the difficulties the family faced adjusting to the new country. Lurie was interviewed by students at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, California.

Dr. Terrence Roberts Speaks at the Facing History and Ourselves 2009 Los Angeles Benefit Dinner

Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine speaks at the 2009 Los Angeles Benefit Dinner about his experience integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957 and reflects about the election of an African American president.

Life During the War: Rita Lurie

Rita Lurie, a Holocaust survivor from Poland, describes her experiences as a small child hiding from the Nazis and Polish farmers. A Polish farmer hid her family in a cramped attic for nearly two years. Lurie is interviewed by students from the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Los Angeles.

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