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San Francisco

Supporting educators, schools, and districts across Northern California. 

Since 1997, we have been partnering with educators, schools, and districts across Northern California.

Our district-wide partnerships help schools become intentional about implementing more equitable educational policies and culturally-mediated practices in the classroom. Educators create systems and structures around scheduling, discipline, student voices, and whole-school events and programs that are more reflective, inclusive, and fair.

Our teaching materials and professional development resources are designed to help middle and secondary school educators meet the California History-Social Science Framework and State Seal of Civic Engagement requirements— and they do.

Facing History supports the CA History-Social Science Framework

Through a wide range of inquiry-based individual and group activities designed to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking, and civic agency and engagement—as well as an ongoing practice of self-reflection—students explore how society influences individuals and, ultimately, how individuals can influence and impact their society, as they apply their knowledge of history to current, real-world issues.


There are over 1100 schools in Northern California with Facing History trained educators.


We have supported over 20,000 area educators with Facing History guidance and resources.

Our Bay Area Student Leadership Group brings together students from schools throughout the region to exchange ideas about their own role in a democracy and to nurture their ability to stand up against bigotry and hate. Students have developed school-wide programs on a range of issues, from voter education to mental health.

The state of democracy in our country and around the world is more fragile than ever. Facing History has helped me understand my role as a citizen is to stay informed, actively participate, and know that my choices matter - not just my for myself but for others. Facing History helped me connect to my courage and better understand what I can do in the face of injustice. It's changed the way I participate in my community.
Judy Goldman, San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board Member

Celebrating 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area

Join us to support Bay Area teachers as they use lessons of the past to equip students to meet the challenges of today and build a more just future.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
PO Box 30368, Oakland, CA 94604

sanfrancisco [at]

Executive Director: Raquel España
Advisory Board Chair: Edda Collins Coleman

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