Chicago | Facing History & Ourselves
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Serving educators, schools, and districts across the Chicagoland area since 1990.

For over 30 years, Facing History Chicago has brought teachers and students together to address difficult questions around race, membership, and identity through a social justice lens. In addition to a strong partnership with Chicago Public Schools, we have growing partnerships with suburban, religious, and charter schools that enable us to have critical and significant impact in the Chicagoland area.

The Chicago Alliance Schools collaborate with Facing History to transform whole school culture and climate through professional development and implementation of strategies to build a safe and inclusive school culture.

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Curriculum Project for Chicago Public Schools

We are transforming the ways educators teach humanities. Partnering with Chicago Public Schools, we infuse classrooms with deep learning and dialogue on key moments in history.

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When I think about a city as segregated as Chicago, with so much opportunity, but plagued by some very real challenges, I think Facing History is exactly what our city needs.
— Principal, Chicago Public School

Confronting Chicago’s History of Racial Violence

In this on-demand webinar, Dr. Eve L. Ewing discusses the history and legacy of The Red Summer in Chicago. 

Chicago Racial History-Neighborhoods Project

Building on our work with CPS, our Chicago Racial History-Neighborhoods Project helps educators and students better understand how Chicago’s neighborhoods were formed, and how that racialized history contributes to patterns of inequity in the city today. 

The Project is culturally responsive to the needs of students who yearn for—and deserve—honest dialogue about the racialized dynamics of this city. It helps dispel myths that patterns of inequality we see in the city today were unintentionally designed, and provides a means for students to explore the ways in which choices made in the past shape their neighborhoods today.

The Project also uncovers and celebrates the actions that people have taken to resist racialized policy and practice, and work towards justice and equality.

Our Leadership

Maureen Loughnane

Executive Director

Kristyn Friske

Advisory Board Chair

Do you have questions for our team? Contact us today.

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