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 

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Events

2017

October

  • 12
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    Due to overwhelming interest, we have reached capacity. Registration for this course has closed. We will be offering this course again in early 2018. 

    Note: We are running this instance of the course as a Beta version, free of charge, as we test new features.  We hope that you will provide us feedback to improve our courses going forward.

    Even if you've been teaching this novel for years, Facing History’s online course, A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, will help you bring a fresh approach to your class’s exploration of Harper Lee’s classic work. This course, and the free accompanying resource, Teaching Mockingbird, expand the focus of study beyond the purely literary. You will learn how to incorporate historical context, civics, and ethical reflection into your teaching in ways that deepen students’ understanding of the novel, enrich their knowledge of history, and illuminate fundamental questions of human behavior.

    Online
    10.12.17 - 11.15.17
  • 22
    Social Good Salon
    Community Event
    California-Southern

    Social Good Salon

    The Skirball’s Social Good Salons are regular gatherings where people of all backgrounds and ages are welcome to learn about current events and socially relevant topics and then exchange ideas and opinions.

    Skirball Cultural Center
    2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    10.22.17
    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • 25
    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? How do you create a context for a conversation? When do you choose to scrap your daily lesson and focus on contemporary events? When do you pause for a moment and then carry on with your planned curriculum? This webinar addresses these questions and others, providing support for educators to think about what and how they will teach in a time of terror. 
    10.25.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 28
    Democracy at Risk
    Workshop
    California-Southern
    $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.

    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.
    10.28.17
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy #8
    113 S. Rowan Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90063

November

  • 7
    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 in a single resource. Join us for a 3-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition! 
    Online
    11.7.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 15
    Navigating Difficult Conversations: Gender Identity
    Webinar
    Online

    Navigating Difficult Conversations: Gender Identity and the Classroom

    In this webinar, we will discuss how to facilitate thoughtful classroom conversations about gender identity so that open and respectful dialogue can happen in your classes.
    Online
    11.15.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 29
    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary

    In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of atrocities committed at Nanjing in December of 1937 by the Japanese Imperial Army, Facing History and Ourselves will offer a webinar introducing the teaching resource: The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War and an approach to teaching this history.

    Online
    11.29.17
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • 30
    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching The Atrocities at Nanjing: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary

    In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of atrocities committed at Nanjing in December of 1937 by the Japanese Imperial Army, Facing History and Ourselves will offer a webinar introducing the teaching resource: The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War and an approach to teaching this history.

     

    Online
    11.30.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

December

  • 7
    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 in a single resource. Join us for a 3-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition! 
    Online
    12.7.17
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2018

January

  • 23
    Civil Rights Movement
    Seminar
    California-Southern
    $325.00

    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.

    Civil Rights Movement: Choices from Mendez to Little Rock to Today

    This workshop will explore ways to engage students in the issues raised by the Civil Rights Movement. By studying the choices that led to critical episodes in that struggle, students learn to analyze history using a lens of how identity, group membership, ethics, and moral judgements have influenced historical events. They can then  also learn to connect this history meaningfully to contemporary events.

     

    1.23.18 - 2.26.18
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
    350 S Bixel St
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • 24
    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Workshop
    California-Southern
    TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

    Democracy at Risk: 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 one-day workshop features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for History and English/Language Arts teachers, middle and high school
    San Diego County Office Of Education
    6401 Linda Vista Rd
    Comm Labs 2-4
    San Diego, CA 92111
    1.24.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • 26
    Reclaiming the Identity of Youth
    Workshop
    California-Southern
    $25.00

    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.

    Reclaiming the Identity of Youth Lost During the Holocaust

    How do we understand and honor children's lives taken during the Holocaust?

     

    1.26.18
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Ronald Reagan Library
    40 Presidential Dr
    Simi Valley, CA 93065

February

  • 22
    The Armenian Genocide and International Justice
    Seminar
    California-Southern
    TO REGISTER CLICK HERE

    The Armenian Genocide and International Justice

    This seminar examines the events leading up to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians in 1915, and the role of justice and judgment in the aftermath of such atrocity.

     

    San Diego County Office Of Education
    6401 Linda Vista Rd
    Room 306
    San Diego, CA 92111
    2.22.18 - 2.23.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

March

  • 13
    Close Reading, Speaking & Listening
    Workshop
    California-Southern

    Strengthening Interdisciplinary Learning: Close Reading, Speaking, Listening

    In collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Facing History and Ourselves presents two one-day 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 County Office of Education
    9300 Imperial Highway
    Room 281
    Downey, CA 90242
    3.13.18
    8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • 14
    Writing Strategies
    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 one-day 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 County Office of Education
    9300 Imperial Highway
    Room 281
    Downey, CA 90242
    3.14.18
    8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • 26
    Young Adult Literature
    Seminar
    California-Southern

    Young Adult Literature that Teaches the Importance of Identity, History, and Choices

    The workshop will equip teachers with practical literacy strategies, using rich primary sources and historical background materials along with interactive strategies for teaching memoir as informational text. 

    This two-day workshop is a partnership between the Museum of Tolerance and Facing History. 

    Day 1: March 26, 2018
    10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Day 2: March 27, 2018 
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Museum of Tolerance
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    3.26.18 - 3.27.18
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

April

  • 2
    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
    4.2.18 - 4.3.18
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

June

  • 20
    Young Adult Literature
    Seminar
    California-Southern

    Young Adult Literature that Teaches the Importance of Identity, History, and Choices

    The seminar will equip teachers with practical literacy strategies, using rich primary sources and historical background materials along with interactive strategies for teaching memoir as informational text. 

    Museum of Tolerance
    9786 West Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    6.20.18 - 6.21.18
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

News

April 25, 2017

Keynote speaker Sonia Nazario, a Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist and author of the best-selling book Enrique’s Journey, will discuss her own experiences as an upstander working with undocumented children. Through her writing, Nazario strives to fully immerse the reader in the harrowing and perilous journeys that these children undertake.

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Inside a Facing History Classroom at a Los Angeles Partnership School

Sasha Guzman teaches 10th-grade U.S. History at Social Justice Humanitas Academy, a Facing History Partnership School in San Fernando, California.

Facing History Student Photography Exhibit Featured on KNBC

KNBC's Cary Berglund visited Facing History students preparing for their photo exhibit.

Life After the War: Rita Lurie

Rita Lurie, Holocaust survivor, explains what her life after the end of World War II.

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