Memphis

Since 1992, our Memphis office has provided professional development and resources to over 5,830 area teachers throughout the southeastern U.S.

 

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Our content and methodology enhance the goals and objectives of Tennessee's state frameworks, including history/social science and English/language arts, and the Common Core State Standards. Our semester-long Facing History high school elective course has been certified by the Tennessee Department of Education and is currently taught in 25 high schools. The Shelby County Schools have adopted Facing History units as a mandate for the social studies curriculum in grades 6-8. We also have a robust presence in independent and parochial schools.

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.

Videos

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

Developing Student Voice, Character, and Civic Agency Walkthrough Video

Get a detailed look at the structure and materials of our three PDF curriculum outlines designed to cultivate student voice, character and civic agency for middle school students through examination of historical case studies and literature.

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.

Engage Memphis, A Facing History Student Leadership Group Initiative

I choose to vote because my vote is my voice.

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Memphis Events

2020

July

  • 1
    Choices in Little Rock
    Online
    Self-paced Workshop

    Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

    This self-paced online workshop will introduce you to the Choices in Little Rock unit and help prepare you to teach this unit in your classroom. 

    Online
  • 1
    Teaching Red Scarf Girl
    Online
    Self-paced Workshop

    Teaching Red Scarf Girl

    This interactive self-paced workshop helps teachers develop a customized plan for teaching Red Scarf Girl informed by Facing History’s approach.

    Online
  • 1
    Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online
    Self-paced Workshop

    Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior

    This interactive self-paced workshop will support you in teaching a short unit of study of Holocaust and Human Behavior.

    Online

September

  • 17
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online
    Online Course

    A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era

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

    Online
    September 17, 2020 - October 28, 2020
    Event is full. Registration has closed.

October

  • 8
    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.
    Online
    October 8, 2020 - November 18, 2020
    Event is full. Registration has closed.
  • 8
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online
    Online Course

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This course introduces educators to Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel.

    Online
    October 8, 2020 - November 18, 2020
    Event is full. Registration has closed.
  • 15
    Teaching the Residential Schools
    Online
    Online Course
    150.00 CAD

    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.

    Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Residential Schools

    In this online course, we will explore the history of Canada’s Residential Schools through primary source texts and survivors’ personal testimonies to better understand the devastating history and long-lasting impact on former students, their families, and entire Indigenous communities.  We will also look at their historical roots and the legacies that followed while examining the apologies given by government and churches, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the charge of genocide.

    This course is designed principally for Canadian educators.

    October 15, 2020 - November 25, 2020
  • 29
    Whose Vote Counts
    Online
    Community Event


    Thursday, October 29

    8:00-9:00 PM ET
    7:00-8:00 PM CT
    6:00-7:00 PM MT
    5:00-6:00 PM PT
    2:00-3:00 PM HT
     

    Produced in partnership with FRONTLINE PBS.
    This event will be streamed on YouTube Live. Please contact our Special Events team with any questions. 

    Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity & Justice - Whose Vote Counts

    Join Facing History and FRONTLINE PBS for a panel discussion about the FRONTLINE PBS film Whose Vote Counts, which explores access to voting — an issue critical to the 2020 election.

    YouTube Live
    October 29, 2020
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November

  • 12
    After the Election: What's Next for US Democracy?
    Online
    Webinar

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    7:00-8:00 PM ET
    6:00-7:00 PM CT
    5:00-6:00 PM MT
    4:00-5:00 PM PT

    Captioning will be available during this webinar. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

    After the Election: What's Next for US Democracy?

    With Nicholas Kristof, Martha Minow, and Randall Kennedy

    Join Facing History and Ourselves and the New York Times Learning Network for a lively community conversation where we will examine what's next for US democracy, the role of teachers and education, and the future of youth civic participation.

    Online
    November 12, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 19
    A Conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing
    Online
    Webinar

     

    Thursday, November 19

    7:00-8:00 PM ET
    6:00-7:00 PM CT
    5:00-6:00 PM MT
    4:00-5:00 PM PT

    Captioning will be available during this webinar. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

    Confronting Chicago’s History of Racial Violence: A Conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing

    Join us for a conversation with writer, sociologist, poet, and professor Dr. Eve L. Ewing where we will discuss the history explored in Facing History and Ourselves’ upcoming new unit The Red Summer in Chicago which sheds light on a defining moment in Chicago’s history: a week-long episode of racial violence in 1919 that would claim the lives of thirty-eight people.
    Online
    November 19, 2020
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2021

January

  • 28
    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.
    January 28, 2021 - March 10, 2021
  • 28
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online
    Online Course

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This course introduces educators to Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel.
    January 28, 2021 - March 10, 2021
  • 28
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online
    Online Course

    A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era

    This online course explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    January 28, 2021 - March 10, 2021

See the Complete Facing History Calendar

Facing History, Memphis Advisory Board

Reggie Crenshaw*, Chair

Joey Beckford
Paul Berz*
Phyllis Berz**
Kayla Brooks
John Daniel
Tina Fockler*, **
Amy Grow
Ann Hawkins
Mason Hawkins
Dorothy Johnson
Carol Johnson-Dean**
Elaine Kaufman
Marty Kelman**
Daniel Kiel
Meggan Kiel
Don Levy
Joanna Lipman
Leigh Mansberg
Joyce Margulies
Jacqueline O'Bryant
Erin Ostrow**
Adrienne Pakis-Gillon
Iddo Patt
Will Perry
Doug Schrank
Glenn Sessoms**
Linda Ellen Sklar
Kandace Stewart
Joan Terry
Melody Usdan
Molly Wexler
Monica Wharton
Janice Berlin, Emeritus
Susan Mallory, Emeritus
Rachel Shankman, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

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115 Huling Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

901-452-1776

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