New York

Since 1993, our New York office has helped over 15,000 educators reach more than 1 million students from 2,235 public, independent, and religious schools throughout the metropolitan area.

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Many of the schools we serve are implementing Facing History as a way to engage students in their own learning and develop civic skills.

News and Announcements

May 29, 2020

Having watched the events of the last week: the indignity Christian Cooper experienced, George Floyd's death at the hands of police, the sorrow and outrage of protesters in Minneapolis and around the country—all set against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic which disproportionately impacts communities of color and reinforces long standing inequities—we are hurting and grieving. A message from Facing History President and CEO, Roger Brooks.

February 24, 2020

From NY Daily News, read an article by Alhassan Susso, 2019 Facing History Upstander recipient: "When I arrived in the United States at the age of 16 from The Gambia, I had a visa, $20, two pairs of pants and a shirt. Like many immigrants before me, not only was I dealing with my judgments of America, but America’s judgment of me."

January 26, 2020

From, read an article by Melanie Arroyave, Facing History alumna and New York Student Upstander: "When you know somebody’s story, it should be impossible to see them as anything other than human. Yet when I see the United State’s policies separating immigrant families—families like mine—what seems like more incidents of race and culture-based violence daily, and the growing distrust of people from immigrant communities, it makes me wonder how some people fail to see the humanity of their neighbors."

December 06, 2019

From Iohud, With swastikas and other symbols of hate regularly showing up in local schools, teachers must talk to their students about the rise of white nationalism and the dangers of falling prey to false arguments about race. "These conversations are not comfortable — that's a fact," said Juan Castellanos, associate program director for the New York office of Facing History and Ourselves. 

November 06, 2019

From The 74, at the Facing History School in Hell’s Kitchen, teaching slavery using the 1619 Project aligns with the school’s existing mission to “recenter” history around “people who are often forgotten.” Hear how the school is weaving Facing History and Ourselves concepts with the 1619 content. 

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Events in New York



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    Teaching The Civil Rights Movement
    New York

    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 workshop takes place over two 90 minute sessions. 

    This workshop will be held via Zoom.

    Teaching The Civil Rights Movement and the Fight for Equitable Education

    In this two part online series, participants will learn how to implement a Civil Rights unit using Facing History’s resources on school desegregation for in person or remote teaching. Producers of the podcast School Colors will join us to discuss contemporary connections to the legacy of the struggle for equitable education in New York City.

    December 3, 2020 - December 10, 2020
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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    Teaching Memoir Series: Identity, History, and Choices
    New York

    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.

    Teaching Memoir Series: Identity, History, and Choices

    This three part series will draw on Facing History’s Witnesses to History Memoir Collection, to explore ways to engage youth in thinking about identity, reflecting on the impact of history on individuals and groups, and analyzing adolescent choices. The third session will feature Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know.

    This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers in the New York/New Jersey area. NY participants will receive CTLE hours and NJ participants can get PD hours upon completion.

    January 20, 2021 - February 10, 2021
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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

A Conversation with Derek Black, Former White Nationalist, Allison Gornick, and Marc Skvirsky

Marc Skvirsky interviews Derek Black and Allison Gornick about Derek's transformation from a white nationalist to advocate for equality.

Facing History Now

Facing History and Ourselves empowers students to know themselves and use their voice. Get inspired by these stories and then consider making history with us.

Upstander Engy Gadelmawla, 2017 Facing History New York Benefit Dinner

Engy, an alumna of Watchung Hills HS in New Jersey describes her experiences with Islamophobia in the years after 9/11.


Facing History, New York Advisory Board

Lori R. Fife, Chair*

Jennifer Aubrey**
Daisy Auger-Dominguez
Armando Bengochea
Pascale E. Berner**
Zoe Bernstein
Rob Beyer
Cecilia Chan**
Lee A. Daniels
Fleur Fairman
Mark Federman
Michael S. Feldberg**
Mark S. Fife*
Caren Osten Gerszberg
Bjorn Haines
Joseph Jackson
Julie Abrams Leff*
Tamara Levenson
Rachel Levin
Evan C. Meyers**
Mark Najarian
Jane C. Och**
Richard Perry*
Julia Pershan
Heidi Rieger
Lisa Shamus
Michael Shuman
David R. Trower
Kate Waisman
Shai Waisman

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

New York Speakers Bureau

Facing History New York's Speakers Bureau is a unique resource for educators. Bringing a speaker into your classroom illuminates the history you teach and helps students connect this history to the moral choices they make in their own lives. Our regional speakers bureau includes veterans of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and survivors of the Holocaust. 

Hosting a guest speaker in your classroom requires thoughtful preparation. Please follow our Speaker Visit Checklist.

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