Breaking Isolation: A Middle School Educator Symposium

Middle School Educator Symposium

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Breaking Isolation: A Middle School Educator Symposium

How do we encourage young people to explore their identity and membership through history and literature within a middle school setting? If you are a middle school educator passionate about social justice, critical thinking, and community building, we invite you to attend the Second Annual Facing History’s Middle School Teacher Symposium. This is a great way for those curious about how to use Facing History at the middle school level—whether it is in an english, history, or advisory class—to learn first-hand about specific content and teaching strategies that meet the developmental and academic needs of preteens. In addition to walking away with a variety of implementable resources, you will connect with other like-minded middle school educators, all eager to share and collaborate on curriculum.


In this workshop you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies
  • Receive a free copy of a Facing History resource
  • Explore themes of identity and membership through memoirs and historical case studies
  • Hear from Facing History middle school teacher leaders about unit design and whole-school work
  • Learn more about joining Facing History’s Middle School Consortium, a Bay Area professional learning community designed for middle school teacher

After this workshop you will:

  • Receive coaching and support as you implement Facing History into your classroom
  • Gain access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools
  • Be able to borrow class sets of books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

Keynote speaker: Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater has been telling stories since she could talk. An award-winning journalist who writes for such publications as The New York Times Magazine and Mother Jones, she is also the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Her 2017 young-adult true crime narrative, The 57 Bus, has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association and the 2018 Beatty Award from the California Library Association.

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Oakland, CA 94612
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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