Toronto

Our Toronto office provides professional development and resources to more than 2,405 educators in Ontario and across Canada.

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Across Canada teachers are embracing the methodology and professional support that Facing History provides and integrating our program into their classrooms. In partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Facing History developed a Grade 11 course called Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. The course was approved by the Ontario Ministry of Education and now more than 1,000 students in 40 schools are taking the course. Additional school boards will implement the course over the next two years, including Hastings Prince Edward County, Waterloo Region and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Boards.

Since the inception of Facing History’s work in Ontario in 1981, we’ve offered workshops for the former Toronto Board of Education, Thames Valley District School Board, Kitchener-Waterloo (both Catholic and public school boards), Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board, and Hastings Prince Edward District School Board. In addition, we’ve done extensive work with faculties of education at York University, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education-University of Toronto, and Althouse College-University of Western Ontario.

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Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
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2016

June

  • 16
    Choices in Little Rock
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced angry mobs when they were part of the attempt to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In this online course, we will examine this pivotal moment in the U.S. history and explore ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.
    6.16.16 - 8.3.16
  • 16
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial? How is it shaped by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this online course we will examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups.
    6.16.16 - 8.10.16

August

  • 15
    Holocaust and Human Behaviour
    Seminar
    Ontario
    700.00 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.

    Facing History and Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behaviour

    In this course we will consider issues such as identity, membership, and judgment while learning about the Holocaust as well as other histories of collective violence. 
    8.15.16 - 8.19.16
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.)
    252 Bloor Street West
    Room 5250
    Toronto, ON M5S 1V6
  • 24
    CHC2 Canadian History Seminar
    Seminar
    Ontario
    350.00 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.

    CHC2 Canadian History through a Facing History Lens

    This seminar will prepare grade 10 history teachers to pilot a unique approach to using the revised 2013 Ontario curriculum that engages students in an exploration of how choices in history have shaped Canada's identity, its relationship with the world, and the future of Canada as a nation.
    8.24.16 - 8.26.16
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.)
    252 Bloor Street West
    Room 5250
    Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

September

  • 26
    Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Online Workshop
    Online

    Teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    December 10, 2016, marks the 68th anniversary of the publication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), an international and aspirational document created by Eleanor Roosevelt, and many others, in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. This online workshop will prepare you to bring this history into your classroom.
    9.26.16 - 9.30.16
    Event

October

  • 6
    Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird
    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.

    A New Approach to Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird

    This online course introduces Facing History’s newest resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education into ELA curricula through the exploration of themes such as identity, difference, race, justice, and how individuals and communities define their responsibilities toward other members of their communities.

    10.6.16 - 11.9.16
  • 6
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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

    How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course explores the Reconstruction Era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    10.6.16 - 11.16.16
  • 13
    Holocaust and Human Behavior
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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.

    Holocaust and Human Behavior

    How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial? How is it shaped by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this online course, we will examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Participants will investigate the complexities of human behavior, judgment, memory, and how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference in the world today.
    10.13.16 - 12.7.16
  • 13
    Choices in Little Rock
    Online Course
    Online
    $350.00

    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

    In 1957, nine black teenagers faced angry mobs in their attempt to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In this online course we will examine this pivotal moment in the U.S. history and explore ways to engage students in the issues raised by the American civil rights movement and their implications today.
    10.13.16 - 11.30.16

December

  • 5
    Resistance During the Holocaust
    Online Workshop
    Online
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    Resistance During the Holocaust: An Exploration of the Jewish Partisans

    Join us for a three-day online workshop to explore our new unit, “Resistance During the Holocaust: An Exploration of the Jewish Partisans.”  This resource, created in partnership with Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, helps counter the portrayal that Jews were helpless victims, lacking the courage or means to fight back. 
    12.5.16 - 12.7.16
    Event
2017

January

  • 23
    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
    Online Workshop
    Online

    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

    The shooting of Michael Brown and the protests that followed became a flashpoint for the discussion about race, policing, and justice. Using the information aftermath of Ferguson and a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will examine how implicit biases shape our understanding of the world, and how news literacy skills and concepts can help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and become effective civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.

    1.23.17 - 1.25.17
    Event

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About Facing History

Facing History teaches students to think for themselves and widen their perspectives. This short video tells the story of what we do, how we do it, and the many ways that you can take part.

Toronto Videos

Toronto Students Experience the Art of Samuel Bak
This film features students coming together conducting meaningful conversations about complex topics that emerge from four different Facing History classrooms studying the artwork of Samuel Bak. Students were tasked to interpret Bak's use of symbolism, and to manifest both personal and historical interpretations and questions in their own studio and performance art with the goal of creating change in the world. Student artwork was featured at the Al Green Gallery in Toronto.
Spoken Word Poem “Peace Seeker” by Dakota B.
Dakota takes us on a journey through her experience in her Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity class. She shares the ideas that she chooses to hold to in order to make her world a better place. This performance concludes a 2013 Facing History and Ourselves course, where students from Toronto and Hamilton secondary schools worked with four local spoken word artists to produce spoken word poems in response to what they were learning. These poems are meant to inspire us to think, to connect, and to begin conversations. The “Stand Up, Speak Out" event is presented by Facing History and Ourselves at the Signy and Cleophee Eaton Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.
Nate Leipciger: A Video Tribute
Facing History and Ourselves students and educators speak about the impact of Holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger on their teaching and learning.

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