History, Democracy and Civic Courage

History, Democracy and Civic Courage

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History, Democracy and Civic Courage

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New England Facing History and Ourselves 2017-2018 Forum Series


Facing History and Ourselves values the connections between the past and the present and uses the lens of history to provide a framework for understanding today's issues. How can we understand the ever changing landscape of the United States and world? How can we help our students—and ourselves— engage in the unfolding present? Facing History New England is hosting a series of three forums this academic year to explore these questions. The forums will invite educators, school leaders, and community members from across New England to examine the complex times we are living in.

FORUM ONE  -  History, Democracy, and Civic Courage

The identity of a nation like the United States is the product of collaboration and conflict between a variety of individual voices and groups. This forum will address the complexities of "race" identity, belonging, and social justice at this moment in time. Who we are as a nation requires us to examine ourselves, our schools and communities, the challenges that we face as a nation, and the need to cultivate civic courage.  

This forum is presented in partnership with the Boston Public Schools.  

Featured Speaker: Carola Suarez-Orozco, professor of human development and psychology and co-director of the Institute for Immigrant Children, Youth, and Families at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society.


In the forum, you will:

  •  Have the opportunity to participate in whole group and breakout sessions to explore  immigration, national identity, the fragility of democracy, the legacies of the Reconstruction Era, and the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Learn about Facing History and Ourselves’ powerful framework for engaging students in a study of American history, literature, and civic life.
  • Participate in teaching strategies that build community in the classroom, sharpen students’ critical thinking, and develop their voices.
  • Acquire access to new primary and secondary sources.


        Breakout sessions include

"My Part of the Story" (The newest Facing History and Ourselves resource designed with and for Boston Public Schools.)

"Fostering Civil Discourse” (A guide for classroom conversations)

"Choices in Little Rock"

 "Democracy at Risk: The Holocaust and Human Behavior"

"The Reconstruction Era"

"School Leadership" (An opportunity for school leaders to share best practices, tools, and resources to help schools navigate the challenges of addressing contemporary challenges.)        

This event is free for Boston Public School teachers.

Directions to: Bruce C. Boling Building

Click below to explore our full series of forums:

FORUM TWO - A New Conversation About "Race"?

FORUM THREE - Change Makers and Upstanders: Striving for Social Justice in our Times

Boston Public Schools Administrative Offices Bruce C. Boling Municipal Building
2300 Washington Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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