Since 1992, our Memphis office has provided professional development and resources for over 4,804 area teachers. These educators have reached 356,300 students in 627 schools throughout Memphis, Chattanooga, and Louisville, Kentucky.

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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.

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News and Announcements

January 11, 2019

Check out this collection of our top offerings from 2018. The classroom resources, events and learning opportunities are still relevant and engaging today. 

October 26, 2018

Featured in Chalkbeat, this article describes the new youth initiative, Engage Memphis. The initiative aims to increase voter turnout and to educate young future voters on issues that affect their lives, such as school discipline, sexual assault and harassment policies, and diversity in schools. It is a collaboration with BRIDGES and Facing History and Ourselves. 

October 25, 2018

In advance of the midterm elections, Facing History CEO Roger Brooks stops to consider the impact of non-voters, and worse, uninformed voters in an Op-Ed published on

August 29, 2018

As students are returning to school at a challenging time in our democracy. At Facing History and Ourselves, we share an unwavering commitment to values that promote reflective and safe learning experiences, anti-bigotry principles, and a student-centered learning process. Read more about our new products that reflect those values.

August 3, 2018

The Facing History, Memphis Student Leadership Group are learning about the history of voting rights in the U.S. and will launch a social action campaign to re-engage voters.


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2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner with Jelani Cobb

Keynote speaker Jelani Cobb at the 2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner.


Memphis Events



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    Teaching Red Scarf Girl
    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.
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    Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior
    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.



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    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    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.

    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 workshop features Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for middle and high school teachers.
    July 16, 2019 - July 18, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    115 Huling Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103


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    The Importance of the First Week of School

    Beyond Day One: The Importance of the First Week of School

    How can teachers begin to build an open, supportive, and reflective learning community from the beginning of the school year? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the important role the first few days of school play in supporting students’ social-emotional learning and academic success. 

    August 6, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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    FY20 Advanced Elective: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    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.

    FY20 Advanced Elective: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    During this interactive multimedia workshop, facilitators will support teachers’ work in developing students’ critical thinking skills necessary to examine, analyze, interpret and compare primary source documents related to the Holocaust and Human Behavior Elective course curriculum.
    August 28, 2019 - August 29, 2019
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves - Memphis


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    2019 Memphis Benefit Dinner

    2019 Memphis Benefit Dinner

    Join us on Monday, October 28 for our annual Facing History Memphis Benefit Dinner! This special evening will celebrate and support Facing History’s work—empowering students to use knowledge and compassion to overcome racism, antisemitism, and bigotry—in Memphis and around the world.

    Hilton Memphis
    939 Ridge Lake Blvd
    Memphis, TN 38120
    October 28, 2019
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Facing History, Memphis Advisory Board

Tina Fockler*, Chair

Joey Beckford
Paul Berz*
Phyllis Berz**
Reggie Crenshaw
John Daniel
Tara Engelberg
Amy Grow
Ann Hawkins
Mason Hawkins
Justin Jamerson
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
Joan Terry
Melody Usdan
Megan Weinstein
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


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