Adolescence is a time when young people are crafting stories about who they are, how they understand the world, and how they fit into society. Literature has the power to inform and transform the way adolescents see themselves and others. Facing History’s approach to teaching Coming-of-Age literature integrates social-emotional learning, civics education, and equity with new research in adolescent development. It is designed to help your students value the complexity of identity, process texts through a critical and ethical lens, and develop their sense of agency.
As a result of participating in this three-day seminar, you will:
- Practice strategies to foster and sustain student-centered classroom communities;
- Consider the implications of adolescent development research on pedagogy and practice, your sense of purpose as an educator, and your relationships with students;
- Experience a Facing History approach to ELA through hands-on reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities using our new collection of Coming-of-Age curriculum resources;
- Develop the mindset and tools to build a Coming-of-Age unit that centers student identity, invites perspective taking and ethical reflection, develops literacy and critical thinking skills, and expands students’ capacities for engaged civic action.
Taking place over three days, this seminar offers a real-time, interactive online classroom where participants will connect in facilitated whole- and small-group sessions.
Who should take this seminar: 6th- to 12th-grade English language arts and humanities teachers, department chairs, supervisors, and special education teachers.
Cost: There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee due once your application has been accepted. The event fee for this seminar has been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.
Time Commitment: Approximately 4.5 hours per day (plus breaks). There is a pre-work module to complete before the seminar that is approximately 2 hours long.
Format: Facilitated Zoom meetings with session materials in Canvas.
Accessibility: Facing History is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for educators of all abilities. If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at [email protected].
Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the seminar for 15 professional development hours. Requirements for professional development hours vary by state. It is the educator's responsibility to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their state. If you are an educator based in New York, after taking this course you are eligible for 20 CTLE hours. If you are an educator based in Illinois, after taking this course you are eligible for up to twenty clock hours. Please contact [email protected] to learn more about CTLE or clock hours.
About Coming of Age in a Complex World
Coming of Age in a Complex World is a modular collection of curriculum resources supporting the most common instructional formats (Text Sets, Whole-Class Reads, Book Clubs) that can be adapted to meet the needs of your students and goals of your curriculum.
Our program centers students' identities and lived experiences, helping you create space for students to explore complex ideas about self, society, and human behavior.
Our flexible learner-centered approach:
- Diversifies the range of stories that students read;
- Is rooted in the ethical, social, and emotional concerns of adolescence;
- Balances critical analysis with opportunities for students to connect emotionally to characters and themes;
- Helps students to read, write, and think in active ways around authentic and meaningful questions, learning experiences, and assessments;
- Supports a deep exploration of moral dilemmas in literature and students’ lives; and
- Invites students to make real-world connections that explore historical and contemporary contexts in literature.
Students who experience the Coming of Age program will gain critical thinking skills, empathy, civic responsibility, and the belief that they can make a difference in the world.