Safeguarding Democracy: Immigration and Citizenship

November 16, 2019
Safeguarding Democracy: Immigration and Citizenship

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Safeguarding Democracy: Immigration and Citizenship

Histories of migration and integration are reminders of the amazing ability of humans to adapt to new circumstances.  At the same time, these stories expose the faultlines communities develop over who can belong and who cannot belong. Should newcomers be expected to assimilate and give up their old customs in order to fit into the national identity of the nation? We will explore the history of how the United States has determined who may enter, who may be considered American, and how those decisions and definitions impacted the course of American democracy. Participants will use resources from Facing History’s resource collections on Democracy and Civic Engagement, Global Immigration and selections of current scholarship on race and democracy. 


Facing History staff along with local activists, scholars, and educators will share ways to inspire students to use their power and voice to address the gaps between the ideals of American democracy and the lived realities of injustice. Our student-centered teaching strategies and historical case studies will help young people develop their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, mutual respect, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for safeguarding democracy.


Interested in additional learning opportunities? Sign up for these upcoming workshops!

We welcome humanities, English language arts, social studies teachers, as well as any administrators, counselors, and educators teaching grades 6-12 who are interested in engaging their students in civic participation.


After this workshop you will:

  • Gain access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools which will support you as you implement Facing History into your classroom

  • Be able to borrow class sets of books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


This workshop qualifies for 6 professional development hours.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Please email [email protected] if you have any food allergies or intolerance.

Notre Dame High School
596 S 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95112
November 16, 2019
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

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