San Francisco Bay Area

Since 1997, the San Francisco Bay Area office has grown a network of over 6,500 middle- and high-school educators throughout the Bay Area. Our deep work with teachers reaches more than 461,000 students each year in over 930 public, independent, and religious schools.

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Upcoming Events

Professional Development

2019

April

  • 13
    Teaching A Queer History of the United States
    California-Northern
    Workshop
    $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.

    Teaching A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski

    Using Michael Bronski’s book, Queer History of the United States, we will explore some of Facing History teaching strategies that can be used to understand the role that sexual identity has played in shaping the political, economic, and cultural history of the United States.

    If you are registered for the 3-part book club, you do not need to register for this event.

    April 13, 2019
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Life Academy of Health and Bioscience
    2101 35th Ave
    Oakland, CA 94601
  • 16
    Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust
    California-Northern
    Seminar

    Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust

    Participants will explore the voices of young people during the Holocaust – what factors contributed to their identity, what choices they made, and what students today can learn by studying the Holocaust with an eye towards better understanding ordinary people and human behavior.
    Museum of Tolerance
    9786 West Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    April 16, 2019 - April 17, 2019
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • 27
    Then They Came for Me
    California-Northern
    Workshop
    $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.

    Then They Came for Me: The Legacy of Japanese American Incarceration 1947 to the Present

    This workshop examines a terrifying time in U.S. history when the federal government scapegoated and indefinitely detained thousands of people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, and draws parallels to tactics chillingly resurgent today.

     

    Applications for the Then They Came for Me workshop will be accepted through April 23 or until capacity is reached.  Space is limited.

    April 27, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Historical Learning Center
    640 Mason St., The Presidio
    San Francisco, CA 94129

May

  • 18
    Middle School Educator Symposium
    California-Northern
    Workshop
    $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.

    Breaking Isolation: A Middle School Educator Symposium

    Join us for the Second Annual Facing History Middle School Teacher Symposium, and learn first-hand about specific content and teaching strategies that meet the developmental and academic needs of preteens.

    Keynote speaker: Dashka Slater

    Dashka Slater has been telling stories since she could talk. An award-winning journalist who writes for such publications as The New York Times Magazine and Mother Jones, she is also the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Her 2017 young-adult true crime narrative, The 57 Bus, has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association and the 2018 Beatty Award from the California Library Association.

    May 18, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Oakstop
    274 14th St
    Oakland, CA 94612

June

  • 17
    Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust
    California-Northern
    Seminar

    Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust

    Participants will explore the voices of young people during the Holocaust – what factors contributed to their identity, what choices they made, and what students today can learn by studying the Holocaust with an eye towards better understanding ordinary people and human behavior.
    Museum of Tolerance
    9786 West Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    June 17, 2019 - June 18, 2019
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • 18
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    California-Northern
    Workshop
    $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 Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    This workshop explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    June 18, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Notre Dame High School
    596 S 2nd St
    San Jose, CA 95112
  • 20
    Community Matters: Facing History’s Approach to Advisory
    California-Northern
    Workshop
    $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.

    Community Matters: Facing History’s Approach to Advisory

    Adolescence is a time when two tasks take on special importance: determining our individual identity and figuring out where and how we belong. These themes of identity, membership, belonging, and participation are cornerstones of Facing History’s new advisory curriculum.
    June 20, 2019
    9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Arise High School
    3301 E 12th St # 205
    Oakland, CA 94601
  • 24
    Race and Membership: The Eugenics Movement
    California-Northern
    Seminar
    $400.00

    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.

    Race and Membership in American History: The Eugenics Movement

    Facing History and Ourselves invites you to join us for a 3-day seminar exploring the origins of the concept of "race", the emergence and legacy of the Eugenics movement, and the role of "race" in public policy that continues to impact the United States today.

     

    Graduate level professional development units available upon request.

    June 24, 2019 - June 27, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Lick Wilmerding High School, Library
    755 Ocean Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94112

July

  • 11
    Teaching Fiction and Memoirs
    California-Northern
    Workshop
    $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.

    Using Facing History Strategies in Teaching Fiction and Memoirs

    This workshop will equip teachers with interactive strategies to enrich conversations around identity, history, and choices.
    July 11, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Saint Andrew's Episcopal School
    13601 Saratoga Ave
    Saratoga, CA 95070
  • 16
    Democracy At Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior
    California-Northern
    Seminar
    $30.00

    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 world questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resistant to violence are more relevant than ever and central to the work of Facing History and Ourselves. Seminar participants will study the fragility of democracy in Weimar Germany, the ensuing Holocaust, and the legacies of this history through an in-depth, case study. Their eventual instructional units or courses will require their students to wrestle with profound moral questions dependent on ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy.

     

    Graduate level professional development units available upon request.

    July 16, 2019 - July 18, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Alameda County Office of Education
    313 W Winton Ave
    Hayward, CA 94544
  • 23
    Immigration in a Changing World
    California-Northern
    Seminar
    $355.00

    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.

    Immigration in a Changing World: Identity, Citizenship, and Belonging

    Join us for an interactive workshop where you will explore the history and contemporary realities of human migration, movement, and related policies in the United States
    July 23, 2019 - July 25, 2019
    9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Brandeis School of San Francisco
    655 Brotherhood Way
    San Francisco, CA 94132

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News and Announcements

January 11, 2019

Check out this collection of our top offerings from 2018. The classroom resources, events and learning opportunities are still relevant and engaging today. 

October 25, 2018

In advance of the midterm elections, Facing History CEO Roger Brooks stops to consider the impact of non-voters, and worse, uninformed voters in an Op-Ed published on CNN.com.

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.

   

Videos

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

“Home” by Warsan Shire, read at the 2018 San Francisco Benefit Dinner

The poem “Home” is read by three San Francisco Bay Area Facing History students at the 2018 benefit dinner. Warsan Shire’s “Home” explores the grief and trauma faced by refugees and undocumented immigrants.

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.

Nicole Tancioco & Julie Panebianco of James Logan High School - Union City, CA

Students build empathy using a five-step service learning project on an issue that is important to them. From this, they see that they are agents of change and realize they can make an impact in their community.

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Facing History, San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board

 

Judy Goldman, Chair*
Connie Shapiro, Chair

Ida Abbott
Caretha Coleman*
Edda Collins Coleman
Asha S. Collins, Ph.D.
Barbara Elsberg
Debra Engel*
Sandra Feldman
Kaye Foster
Diane Holt Frankle
Michael Gallagher
Marina Gorbis
Judy Heyboer  **
Vasu Jakkal
Evan F.D. Jones
Rosemary Kamei
Christopher Lovest
Hal Luft
Deborah Mueller
Joni Podolsky
Barbara Reiss-Snyder
Joshua Reynolds
Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D.
Susie Richardson*
Sue Ann Levin Schiff
Paul Sinclair
Alejandra Siroka
Barbara Sonneborn
Sharman Spector-Angel
Barbara Spreng
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
Jayne Williams
Jane Zinner
Gloria Brown, Emeritus
Dennis Driver, Emeritus
Karen Kronick, Emeritus

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

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