Memphis

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

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. 

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.

Videos

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

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.

Brendan Ward: A Student Leader Using His Voice for Others

Brendan Ward is a senior at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School and a member of the Facing History student leadership group. Addressing hundreds at the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner, Ward talks about how he learned from others in the group.

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Memphis Events

2018

October

  • 25
    Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators, Jewish Settings
    Online Course
    Online
    $50.00

    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.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings

    In today’s global climate, the urgency of sustaining democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence is more pressing than ever. Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical and moral reasoning, critical analysis, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy. This online course features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for educators in a Jewish setting.

    10.25.18 - 12.5.18
    Online

November

  • 1
    Stolen Lives Online Course
    Online Course
    Online
    50.00 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: Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Indian Residential Schools

    In this online course, we will explore the history of Canada’s Indian 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.
    11.1.18 - 12.6.18
    Online
  • 29
    An Introduction to Standing up for Democracy (UK)
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching Students to Stand Up for Democracy (UK Only)

    Join us for a webinar series where we will examine Facing History & Ourselves’ newest resource, Standing Up for Democracy, written to support the teaching of Citizenship and PSHE education in UK classrooms.
    Online
    11.29.18
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 29
    A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
    Webinar
    Online

    A Conversation with Steven Spielberg: Using Schindler’s List in the Classroom

    Join Facing History and Ourselves, AFT/Share My Lesson, and the National Council for the Social Studies for a conversation with Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director of Schindler’s List. To commemorate the 25th anniversary and re-release of the film, Mr. Spielberg will discuss the legacy of Schindler’s List, its impact on Holocaust education, and the importance of responding to hatred in our communities today.

    Online
    11.29.18
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 30
    Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Self-paced Workshop
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior

    This self-guided workshop introduces Facing History and Ourselves’ case study, Holocaust and Human Behavior, through multimedia resources, readings, and teaching strategies that engage students in this powerful history and the themes of decision making, ethics, and responsibility. This workshop is designed to provide lesson ideas and support to teachers who may have a limited amount of class time to teach about the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. This interactive workshop uses resources from the companion resource book Holocaust and Human Behavior and helps teachers develop a customized teaching plan informed by Facing History’s approach and the one-week unit outline.
    11.30.18 - 8.31.19

December

  • 4
    The Sun Does Shine
    Workshop
    Tennessee
    $10.00

    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.

    The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

    Join us for a workshop on The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, a powerful account of human dignity, hope, and the fight for justice. This memoir by Anthony Ray Hinton chronicles his 30-thirty year wrongful incarceration on death row.
    12.4.18
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    115 Huling Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103
  • 5
    New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching About the Holocaust in Middle School Classrooms: New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior

    Many teachers want their students to achieve emotional engagement with the history of the Holocaust and therefore teach this history with the goal of fostering empathy. Emotional engagement with difficult material takes time and often teachers are unsure how to include images and films from the Holocaust that some students might find emotionally disturbing.

    Online
    12.5.18
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 11
    An Introduction to Standing Up For Democracy (UK)
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching Students to Stand Up for Democracy (UK Only)

    Join us for a webinar series where we will examine Facing History & Ourselves’ newest resource, Standing Up for Democracy, written to support the teaching of Citizenship and PSHE education in UK classrooms.

    Online
    12.11.18
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2019

January

  • 9
    Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today
    Webinar
    Online

    Teaching About the Holocaust in Middle School Classrooms: Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today

    Many teachers want their students to achieve emotional engagement with the history of the Holocaust and therefore teach this history with the goal of fostering empathy. Emotional engagement with difficult material takes time and often teachers are unsure how to include images and films from the Holocaust that some students might find emotionally disturbing.

    Online
    1.9.19
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 17
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    Online Course
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    Join us for our online course, Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, which will help you bring a fresh approach to exploring Harper Lee’s classic work with your students.
    1.17.19 - 2.20.19
    Online
  • 17
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online Course
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

    In today’s global climate, the urgency of sustaining democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence is more pressing than ever. Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical and moral reasoning, critical analysis, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy.

    1.17.19 - 2.20.19
    Online
  • 17
    The Bintel Brief and Immigration Today
    Workshop
    Tennessee

    Immigration and Integration: The Bintel Brief and Immigration Today

    This session will use excerpts of the Bintel Brief to raise universal questions about integration, assimilation, and acculturation, themes as timely now as they were when it was written.

     

    Goldie Margolin School for Girls
    388 Conwell Rd
    Beit Medrasha Room
    Memphis, TN 38120
    1.17.19
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • 23
    Igniting Student Agency Through Civics Literacy
    Webinar
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    Igniting Student Agency Through Civics Literacy

    Join us as we explore the changing nature of civic learning and Facing History’s approach to nurturing students’ skills, knowledge, and dispositions for an active and engaged civic life.
    1.23.19
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Online

March

  • 7
    A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online Course
    Online
    $0.00

    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.

    A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era

    This interactive online course for middle- and high-school teachers explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity. It includes Facing History’s free teaching resource: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy.
    3.7.19 - 4.10.19
    Online

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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
Ann Hawkins
Mason Hawkins
Kerry Hayes
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
Kimberly Perry
Will Perry
Doug Schrank
Glenn Sessoms**
Linda Ellen Sklar
Joan Terry
Megan Weinstein
Monica Wharton
Susan Mallory, Emeritus
Rachel Shankman, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

Contact Us

115 Huling Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States

901-452-1776

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