Beginning a New School Year in Memphis

August 31, 2016

Dear Friends:

For so many of you, the school year is already in full swing and you are immersed in making sure the young people in our community have a great year. We wish you all the best and look forward to supporting your efforts through our partnerships with teachers, parents and schools.

We realize that the classroom is not immune to current events and many students have questions about how to interpret the world around them. Facing History is proud to partner with schools to help teachers guide these conversations.

At our annual Student Leadership Group summer training, over 65 students from public, religious, and independent high schools learned how to create space for inclusive, respectful, and thoughtful dialogue. We witnessed them grow in their leadership skills and confidence as they practiced the art of facilitation. You’re invited to join us on September 29 as they ead community members in a teach-in about having difficult conversations in an increasingly diverse society.

In the coming year, we will be offering even more opportunities for educators and the community to engage with us through our new initiative “Facing History Together.” We encourage you to check out our calendar and join us at an in-person or online event.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our blog, Facing Today. Facing Today brings together an international community of mindful and creative educators, students, and thought leaders who are exploring topics and issues at the heart of our work.

Finally, we’re excited to share some exciting initiatives that we have planned this year. Check out the list below!

Most of all, we hope you take time to read, reflect, and participate with us this coming school year. We’re looking forward to another great year with you!

With gratitude,

Marti Tippens Murphy
Director, Memphis
Facing History and Ourselves

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