New England

From Massachusetts to Maine to Rhode Island, our network of 9,329 middle and high school educators reaches an estimated 621,100 students in 1,454 schools.

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Facing History has established itself as the premier educational organization delivering high-quality classroom strategies, content, and lessons for teachers and students. Our district-wide work in the Boston Public Schools has increased significantly and will impact 12,000 students this year. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of hatred and violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge.

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New England Participating Schools

Facing History and Ourselves is actively used in history, literature, interdisciplinary, government and specially designed Facing History electives. In addition to being incorporated into K-12 schools, Facing History is also taught in colleges and universities. Facing History program associates work with teachers to help them use these materials in the most appropriate ways.

News and Announcements

December 14, 2017

Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with ArtsEmerson, are excited to present a Community Conversation in advance of the Wednesday, December 20th performance of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia at the Emerson Paramount Center.

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.

May 10, 2017

GrubStreet, the nation's largest and leading creative writing center, is partnering with the Boston Public Library and Facing History and Ourselves to host a Write-In in solidarity with recent refugees, immigrants and all people in Boston on Friday, May 19.

March 16, 2017

T. Elijah Hawkes, Huffington Post contributor and Co-principal at Randolph Union middle/high school in Vermont, offers his advice and resources to incoming principals on how they can engage with students about sensitive contemporary topics.

 

Events Throughout New England

2018

January

  • 22
    Echoes of the Holocaust Book Talk
    Community Event
    Massachusetts

    Echoes of the Holocaust Book Talk

    Join us for a rich discussion on memoir, fiction, and its impact on the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust using the memoir, Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts.

     

    Temple Shalom
    175 Temple St.
    West Newton, MA 02465
    1.22.18
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

February

  • 1
    A New Conversation About "Race?"
    Workshop
    Massachusetts
    $125.00

    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 Conversation About "Race?"

    This event is currently at capacity. If you would like to be put on a wait list please apply.

     

    How have ideas about “Race” defined the United States? How do notions of we and they still persist in our society and in our schools? Join us for a day of conversation featuring Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum as she revisits the question in her groundbreaking book “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race,. A revised 20th anniversary edition was released in September.

    2.1.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Emerson College - Bill Bordy Theater
    216 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA 02116
  • 7
    Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Workshop
    Massachusetts
    $250.00

    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

    This event as reached capacity. If oyu would like to be put on a waitlist please apply.

    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 the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities

    2.7.18 - 2.8.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Courtyard by Marriott Boston Brookline
    40 Webster Street
    Coolidge Corner Brookline, MA 02446

March

  • 8
    Choices in Little Rock
    Workshop
    Massachusetts
    $125.00

    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.

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

    This workshop explores the desegregation of Central High School in 1957, a defining moment in the American civil rights movement.

     

    3.8.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History Library and Professional Development Center
    16 Hurd Road
    Brookline, MA 02445

April

  • 5
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Workshop
    Massachusetts
    $125.00

    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 Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

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

    4.5.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    16 Hurd Road
    Brookline, MA 02445
  • 10
    Change Makers and Upstanders
    Workshop
    Massachusetts
    $125.00

    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.

    Changemakers and Upstanders: Striving for Social Justice in our Times

    Social justice requires a understanding of history and its legacies. Those legacies shape our response to injustice today. Join us and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics as we explore ways to deepen our understanding of civic action for ourselves and our students. Featuring Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. Professor Allen will engage us in understanding participation and civic action with her framework “10 Questions for Change Makers.”
    4.10.18
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Gutman Library Harvard University
    6 Appian Way
    Cambridge, MA 02138
  • 25
    2018 New England Benefit Dinner
    Benefit Dinner
    Massachusetts

    2018 New England Benefit Dinner

    Facing History and Ourselves has a plan and a vision for the future. Imagine a world shaped by knowledge and compassion, not racism, antisemitism, and prejudice. Join Co-Chairs Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Beth Clymer, and Emily Leventhal on April 25, 2018 at the annual New England Benefit Dinner and experience how Facing History and Ourselves equips educators and youth with tools that empower them to consider how today’s choices will shape tomorrow’s world. 

     

    Westin Copley Place
    10 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02116
    4.25.18
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Videos

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

Facing History in 60 Seconds

There are many classes that teach science, math, and English. There’s only one that teaches us to be more human.

Caroline Robinson of Casco Bay High School - Portland, ME

Students learn how to handle the cultural shifts that come along with rapid economic change and develop the skills, habits, and mindsets they need to engage in and contribute to our diverse and ever-changing world.

Watch Catherine Epstein's Proposal: "The Correspondence Project"

In Epstein's "Correspondence Project," students exchange letters with peers from different political backgrounds in an effort to humanize one another. This cultivates a long-term dialogue between students to help them understand political difference.

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Facing History, New England Advisory Board

Karen Tucker, Chair

Patricia S. Bellinger
Jeffrey Bloomberg
Lisa Blumenthal
Lynda Bussgang
Beth Clymer
Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Sally Currier
James Andrew Watson David
Jane Edmonds
Marsha Feinberg
Rena Finder
Wendy Fischman
Tyler Hardy
Tina Henderson
Jill Ellen Karp
Susan Kaufman
Emily Leventhal
John F. Levy
Karen Secunda Levy
Kristen Lucken
Dale S. Mnookin
Lisa Mooney
Tracy Palandjian
Heidi Pearlson
Deborah Plummer
Frances S. Putnoi
Marci Sapers
David Schechter
Stacy Scott
Dana W. Smith
Jody Snider
Julie Swartz
Susan W. Tofias, M.S.W.

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