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Taking School Online With a Student-Centered Approach

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Taking School Online With a Student-Centered Approach

The public health crisis posed by the COVID-19 outbreak has many schools rapidly shifting to online and distance learning. In these schools, educators are navigating new technologies and ways of teaching during an immensely challenging and uncertain time in our communities, when students’ (and teachers’ own) social-emotional needs are just as critical as academic goals.

The resources in this packet are designed to help teachers approach online learning with a focus on sustaining community, supporting students, and creating engaging, meaningful learning experiences.

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Community Matters: A Facing History and Ourselves Approach to Advisory

Our newly redesigned advisory curriculum for grades 8–10 contains a year’s worth of activities, student handouts, and best practices to help you build student-centered spaces where honest questioning, discussion, and social and academic growth can occur.

Community Matters: A Facing History and Ourselves Approach to Advisory

This program supports schools establish safe and inclusive communities where students can engage in honest discussions and build their voices.

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Victim and Survivor Voices

Teaching Night

Teaching “Night” interweaves a literary analysis of Elie Wiesel’s powerful and poignant memoir with an exploration of the relevant historical context surrounding his experience during the Holocaust.

The guide draws on videos, historical photographs, and a wide range of primary and secondary sources to help students develop a nuanced understanding of this complex and disturbing period of history, including Wiesel’s time in Auschwitz.

Throughout the guide, students will revisit the central questions that ask How is our identity shaped and reshaped by the circumstances we encounter? How do tragedy and trauma influence an individual’s identity and choices? Using this framework to explore the memoir, students will build literacy and historical-analysis skills, while also fostering critical social-emotional competencies like empathy and perspective-taking.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Back-to-School Toolkit

This one-week unit will support you to launch a reflective and courageous classroom community during the opening days of a US History course.

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Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.