Facing History Now: Connecting History and Current Events in the Classroom

August 20, 2019
Connecting History and Current Events in the Classroom

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Facing History Now: Connecting History and Current Events in the Classroom

How can we prepare students to have reflective and respectful discussion of current events, especially those that may be controversial or divisive for some? This workshop will introduce you to Facing History’s approach to bringing current events into the classroom in a thoughtful, balanced way. We believe that the goal of studying current events goes deeper than helping students know what is going on in the world. It is about developing students’ capacity to reflect and deliberate on current issues and develop the skills and dispositions they need to be thoughtful participants in society. We will share tips for making meaningful connections between history and current events, strategies for navigating difficult conversations in diverse classrooms, and new teaching ideas for addressing breaking news and ongoing issues.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Explore documents and multimedia resources to help students connect history to the present, understand the challenges democracies around the world are facing, and look at ways individuals can strengthen democracy

  • Engage with teaching strategies that support reflective classroom communities, honor diverse identities, and help students interrogate text and think critically

After this workshop, you will:

  1. Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  2. Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

This workshop is recommended for 7th–12th grade social studies or humanities teachers. Scholarships are available for CPS educators. Illinois Educators can earn 7 clock hours for full participation in this course. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please contact [email protected] for information about scholarships or for any other questions. 


2nd Floor Conference Center
2 N LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60602
August 20, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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