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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August 14, 2017

Resources to help educators manage the difficult conversations around the bigotry and hatred demonstrated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA.


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

Memphis Student Leaders on How Facing History has Shaped Their Lives

“I used to think Memphis History was just sad, now I see Memphis is empowering.” Here more from Memphis Student Leaders and Alumni.

A Memphis Student Leader Reflects on Her Facing History Experience

Get inspired by Addie as she talks about the type of work she and other Facing History Student Leaders from Memphis are getting done together. Addie speaks at the 2015 Memphis Benefit Dinner.

A Mission to Empower Students: "Wire" Actress Sonja Sohn on Urban Education

The actress and activist speaks with Facing History audiences about the power of education.


Memphis Events

Professional Development



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    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    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.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

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


    6.19.18 - 6.21.18
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Staff Development Building, John Ross Room
    1161 West 40th St
    Chattanooga, TN 37410


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    Choices in Little Rock

    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.

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

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced the threats of angry mobs when they attempted to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The desegregation of Central High following Brown v. Board of Education ignited a crisis historian Taylor Branch describes as “the most severe test of the Constitution since the Civil War.” Facing History’s unit explores civic choices—the decisions people, including young people, make as citizens in a democracy. Those decisions, both then and now, reveal  that democracy is not a product but a work in progress, a work that is shaped by the choices that we make about ourselves and others.
    7.17.18 - 7.19.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Rankin County School District
    200 School Rd
    Brandon, MS 39042

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Facing History, Memphis Advisory Board

Tina Fockler, Chair

Toney Armstrong
Joey Beckford
Janice Berlin
Paul Berz*
Phyllis Berz**
Reggie Crenshaw
John Daniel
Jerry Ehrlich
Tara Engelberg
Mimi Grossman
Kerry Hayes
Ann Hawkins**
Mason Hawkins
Carol Johnson**
Dorothy Johnson
Elaine Kaufman
Marty Kelman**
Daniel Kiel
Meggan Kiel
Jenny Koltnow
Don Levy
Joanna Lipman
Leigh Mansberg
Joyce Margulies
Erin Ostrow**
Adrienne Pakis-Gillon
Iddo Patt
Kimberly Perry
Will Perry
Doug Schrank
Glenn Sessoms**
Linda Ellen Sklar
Joan Terry
Andie Uiberall
Megan Weinstein
Monica Wharton
Barbara Williams
Rachel Shankman, Emeritus
Susan Mallory, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

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