We ask students to study history because it informs the present. We encourage teachers to bring current events into the classroom to help students make connections between the past and today, but it can be challenging! There is limited time for instructional planning, the news cycle moves quickly, stories are complex and often rooted in history, and the issues can spark strong emotions. This workshop will introduce you to Facing History’s approach to bringing current events into the classroom in a thoughtful, balanced way. We will share tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum, strategies for navigating partisan politics in diverse classrooms, and new teaching ideas for addressing breaking news and ongoing issues, from global migration to the health of democracy, and more.
In this workshop you will:
- Explore documents and multimedia resources to help students understand the challenges democracies around the world are facing, and ways individuals can strengthen democracy
- Engage with teaching strategies that promote reflective classroom communities which honor diverse identities and support safe learning experiences
After this workshop, you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Middle and high school teachers are invited to apply to this workshop. There is no cost to attend.
Illinois educators can earn 2.5 clock hours for full participation in this workshop.