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

November 15, 2021

Facing History and Ourselves announces that Jill Garling will succeed Julie Abrams Leff as Chair of the Board of Directors.

April 30, 2021

Our updated look retains our heritage but in a digitally-optimized design that will stand out in a crowd, amplify our voice, and reach new audiences.

March 19, 2021

Hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) communities have deep roots in US history. We decry the violence in Atlanta and mourn with the victims' families.

January 17, 2021

From the Maryville Daily Times, read this article about the diversity efforts of three public...

January 15, 2021

From KQED.com, read how educators used resources from Facing History and Ourselves and other organizations to...

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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Upcoming Events

2022

January

  • 6
    Brave Classrooms: Taking on Antisemitism in Schools
    Online
    Online Mini-Course
    $0.00

    The live sessions for this mini-course take place on Zoom.
    January 13, 20, 27, and February 3. 
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (ET)
    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (CT)
    4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (MT)
    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (PT)

    Event is full. Registration has closed.

    Brave Classrooms: Taking on Antisemitism in Schools

    Join Facing History and Ourselves for an online mini-course. Our four sessions professional learning series will help you explore antisemitism from its ancient roots to contemporary manifestations. It will also offer classroom ready resources and teaching strategies to help your students recognize and stand up against hatred and bigotry.

    January 6, 2022 - February 3, 2022
    Online
  • 25
    Explorations: Building Inclusive Learning Communities
    Online
    Workshop
    $1,600.00

    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.

    Registration has closed.

    Explorations: Building Learning Communities through SEL, Equity, and Civic Education

    Join us for a new, online team-based professional learning experience including a workshop for teams, a readiness tool for your school, and personalized follow-up meetings. Learn about how Facing History's approach to equity, SEL and civics can transform your school.

    This workshop is directed towards design teams of educators from a school or district.

    January 25, 2022 - January 26, 2022
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
  • 26
    2022 Rachel Shankman Symposium Keynote with Dr. Wendy Lower
    Online
    Community Event


    Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    1:00 PM ET​​​  |  12:00 PM CT
    11:00 AM MT  |  10:00 AM PT

    This event will take place virtually on Zoom.

    Legacies of the Holocaust: Building a More Humane World with Dr. Wendy Lower and Dr. Karen Murphy

    Join us for a virtual keynote conversation at our eighth annual Rachel Shankman Symposium, featuring Dr. Wendy Lower, author of The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed, and Dr. Karen Murphy, the Director of International Strategy for Facing History and Ourselves.

    Now in its eighth year, the Rachel Shankman Symposium is named for the founding director of Facing History and Ourselves in Memphis and is a tribute to her legacy to create a more inclusive and humane world. This gathering convenes teachers of our Holocaust and Human Behavior Elective and Facing History Middle School Exploratory Courses and engages them in professional development sessions designed to deepen their learning and enhance their pedagogical approach to teaching about the Holocaust.

    Online via Zoom
    January 26, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 27
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online
    Online Course

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    Help students wrestle with the profound moral questions raised by the study of the Holocaust and foster their skills in civic engagement, ethical reasoning, critical thinking, and empathy — all of which are necessary for sustaining democracy.

    Online
    January 27, 2022 - March 9, 2022
  • 27
    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
    January 27, 2022 - March 9, 2022

February

  • 2
    Exploring Identity and Belonging with Jacqueline Woodson
    Online
    Community Event


    Wednesday, February 2, 2022
    10:00-11:00 AM CT

    (11 am ET / 9 am MT / 8 am PT)

    This event will take place virtually on YouTube Live.

    Brown Girl Dreaming: Exploring Identity and Belonging with Jacqueline Woodson

    Please join us for a special presentation from Jacqueline Woodson, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which tells her story of growing up amid the remnants of Jim Crow and the growing Civil Rights movement. Ms. Woodson will discuss her experiences and her writing, followed by a Q&A with questions from Facing History students.

    Youtube Live
    February 2, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 10
    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. This online is directed towards educators in 7th–12th grade US history, humanities, and English language arts teachers and curriculum specialists.

    Online
    February 10, 2022 - March 23, 2022
  • 23
    Transformative SEL and Civic Ed
    Online
    Webinar
    7–8 PM ET
    6–7 PM CT
    5–6 PM MT
    4–5 PM PT

    Educating Adolescents at the Intersection of Social Emotional Learning, Civics, Equity, and Academics

    In this webinar, we will share how Facing History works at the intersection of social emotional learning and academics, informed by civic engagement and equity and justice. We will provide resources and strategies for you to consider integrating these four elements in your school or classroom.

    Online
    February 23, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March

  • 2
    Explorations: Building Inclusive Learning Communities
    Online
    Workshop
    $1,600.00

    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.

    Explorations: Building Learning Communities through SEL, Equity, and Civic Education

    Join us for a new, online team-based professional learning experience including a workshop for teams, a readiness tool for your school, and personalized follow-up meetings. Learn about how Facing History's approach to equity, SEL and civics can transform your school.

    This workshop is directed towards design teams of educators from a school or district.

    March 2, 2022 - March 3, 2022
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
  • 3
    Teaching for Equity and Justice
    Online
    Workshop
    $0.00

    This workshop takes place on Zoom.
    March 3–4, 2022
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET)
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm (CT)
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm (MT)
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm (PT)

    Teaching for Equity and Justice

    Join us for a two-day online learning experience as we examine moments in the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and provide educators with the tools necessary to mitigate these barriers to equity.

    March 3, 2022 - March 4, 2022
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Online
  • 3
    Teaching Coming-of-Age Literature
    Online
    Online Workshop

    March 3,  7–8 PM ET / 4–5 PM PT

    March 10,  7–8 PM ET / 4–5 PM PT

    March 15,  7–8 PM ET / 4–5 PM PT

    Teaching Coming-of-Age Literature: Explore Our New ELA Collection with Facing History and Ourselves

    This three-part online workshop series will highlight Facing History’s Coming of Age in a Complex World ELA Collection. The series will have a particular focus on exploring classroom tools and practices to help students cultivate the literacy skills to process text through a critical and ethical lens and develop a sense of civic agency.

    Online via Zoom
    March 3, 2022 - March 15, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 22
    Confronting Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories
    Online
    Webinar
    4–5 PM ET
    3–4 PM CT
    2–3 PM MT
    1–2 PM PT

    Facing Hate: A Global Conspiracy with Local Manifestations

    Conspiracy theories provide simple and misleading explanations for complex human dilemmas. We must learn to recognize the antisemitism that fuels some of today’s most destructive conspiracy theories so we can help our students stand up against these pervasive and dangerous messages.  


     
    Online
    March 22, 2022
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

April

  • 7
    Explorations: Building Inclusive Learning Communities
    Online
    Workshop
    $1,600.00

    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.

    Explorations: Building Learning Communities through SEL, Equity, and Civic Education

    Join us for a new, online team-based professional learning experience including a workshop for teams, a readiness tool for your school, and personalized follow-up meetings. Learn about how Facing History's approach to equity, SEL and civics can transform your school.

    This workshop is directed towards design teams of educators from a school or district.

    April 7, 2022 - April 8, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Online via Zoom
  • 11
    Teaching for Equity and Justice
    Online
    Workshop
    $0.00

    This workshop takes place on Zoom.
    April 11–12, 2022
    11:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET)
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm (CT)
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm (MT)
    8:00 am – 1:00 pm (PT)

    Teaching for Equity and Justice

    Join us for a two-day online learning experience as we examine moments in the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and provide educators with the tools necessary to mitigate these barriers to equity.

    April 11, 2022 - April 12, 2022
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Online

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Contact Us

Office location: 115 Huling Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
Mailing address: P.O. Box 40568, Memphis, TN 38174

Phone: 901-452-1776

Executive Director: Marti Tippens Murphy
Advisory Board Chair: Reggie Crenshaw

 

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