San Francisco Bay Area

Since 1997, the San Francisco Bay Area office has grown a network of over 5,515 middle- and high-school educators throughout the Bay Area. Our deep work with teachers reaches more than 394,900 students each year in over 884 public, independent, and religious schools.

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Upcoming Events

Professional Development

2019

January

  • 26
    The Nanjing Atrocities and "Comfort Women"
    Workshop
    California-Northern
    $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 Nanjing Atrocities and "Comfort Women": Teaching World War II in East Asia

    This workshop examines the events leading up to World War II in East Asia, the atrocities committed during the Japanese Imperial Army’s occupation of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937, and the sexual enslavement of “Comfort Women.”

     

    1.26.19
    9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    577 Salmar Ave
    Campbell, CA 95008
  • 26
    Bearing Witness: Japanese American Incarceration 1885 - 1946
    Workshop
    California-Northern

    Then They Came for Me: Historical Context—Bearing Witness to the Japanese American Incarceration 1885 to 1946

    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.
    Futures Without Violence
    100 Montgomery Street, THE PRESIDIO
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    1.26.19
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 31
    Book Club on LGBTQIA History
    Workshop
    California-Northern
    $20.00

    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.

    Book Club Learning Series: 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 FH 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.

     This is a 3-part learning series. Please make every effort to attend all 3 sessions. If you are unable to commit to all 3 then you should register for meeting 3 with the author, Teaching A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski.

    Meeting 1: Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Meeting 2: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Meeting 3: Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    1.31.19
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Life Academy of Health and Bioscience
    2101 35th Ave
    Oakland, CA 94601

February

  • 2
    Legacy of Japanese American Incarceration 1947 to Present
    Workshop
    California-Northern

    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.
    Japanese American Museum of San Jose
    535 N. Fifth St
    San Jose, CA 95112
    2.2.19
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 7
    Teaching Memoirs
    Workshop
    California-Northern
    $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.

    Literature that Teaches the Importance of Identity, History, and Choices

    The workshop will draw on Facing History’s newly updated study guides for Farewell to Manzanar, Night, and Warriors Don’t Cry and explore ways to engage youth in thinking about identity, analyzing adolescent choices, and reflecting on the impact of history on individuals.
    2.7.19
    4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Alameda County Office of Education
    313 W. Winton Ave
    Hayward, CA 94544
  • 11
    Young Adult Literature
    Seminar
    California-Northern

    Young Adult Literature that Teaches the Importance of Identity, History, and Choices

    The seminar will equip teachers with practical literacy strategies, using rich primary sources and historical background materials along with interactive strategies for teaching memoir as informational text. 
    Museum of Tolerance
    9786 West Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90035
    2.11.19 - 2.12.19
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

March

  • 26
    Voices and Choices of Young People During the Holocaust
    Seminar
    California-Northern

    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
    3.26.19 - 3.27.19
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

April

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

    4.13.19
    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
    Seminar
    California-Northern

    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
    4.16.19 - 4.17.19
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

June

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

    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
    6.17.19 - 6.18.19
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • 20
    Community Matters: Facing History’s Approach to Advisory
    Workshop
    California-Northern
    $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.
    6.20.19
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Arise High School
    3301 E 12th St # 205
    Oakland, CA 94601

July

  • 11
    Teaching Fiction and Memoirs
    Workshop
    California-Northern
    $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.
    7.11.19
    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
    Seminar
    California-Northern
    $430.00

    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.

    7.16.19 - 7.18.19
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Alameda County Office of Education
    313 W Winton Ave
    Hayward, CA 94544

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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.

   

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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.

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.

Brittany Redgate of San Mateo Middle College - San Mateo, CA

A design challenge that requires students to listen to and define the needs of community members who hold diverse opinions around an issue. Students learn to invite everyone to be part of the solution.

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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*
Michael Sandberg
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

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**Leadership Council

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