Curriculum Project for CPS Educators

A Partnership Between Facing History and Chicago Public Schools

Facing History is empowering the next generation of upstanders in Chicago Public Schools

Facing History and Ourselves is partnering with Chicago Public Schools' Office of Teaching and Learning to bring Facing History’s curricular units on civil rights, the Holocaust, and Reconstruction to all 8th grade social studies and high school World History and American History classrooms. These standards-aligned units developed expressly for CPS educators reflect Proven Practices in Civic Learning and connect historical study and ethical reflection to informed action.

Learn About the Curricular Units and Professional Development

What is provided to participating educators?

Facing History will provide CPS educators across the district with two days of professional development training, the units and resource materials, and multimedia resources necessary to bring our curriculum to life in classrooms. This initiative will transform the way Chicago’s students understand their role in a democracy and how to be an upstander in their communities.


Sign Up to Participate!

Please email us to start the process of getting educators in your Chicago Public School registered for professional development.

[email protected]

CPS Educators on the Value of Facing History PD 



About the Facing History Units

All of the Facing History units balance intellectual rigor, ethical reflection, and emotional engagement so that students become more aware of, and able to act on, their civic responsibility. Following the C3 approach, each unit also incorporates formative performance tasks, a summative writing assignment, and informed action.

Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

This workshop and accompanying unit explore the civic choices—the decisions people made as citizens in a democracy - around the desegregation of Central High School in 1957, a defining moment in the American civil rights movement. 

PD is open to 8th grade humanities teachers.  Get the Resources

Upcoming Workshops. Please email [email protected] to receive your registration link.

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

Using the Holocaust as a case study, Facing History’s approach allows students to wrestle with choices made in this history and foster their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. 

PD is open to high school World Studies teachers. Get the Resources

Workshop Dates: Please email [email protected] to receive your registration link.

Teaching the Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? We will explore this significant period in U.S. history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War.

PD is open to high school US history teachers Get the Resources

Workshop Dates: Please email [email protected] to receive your registration link.

Ready to Participate? Have Additional Questions?

To register yourself or teachers at your school for upcoming professional development, or to learn more, contact:

[email protected]

We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for making possible the creation of this curriculum and professional development for Chicago Public Schools:

The Facing History Chicago Advisory Board
The Baskin Family Foundation
Christopher Family Foundation
The Crown Family
Karen Harrison and Walter Freedman
Jackson & PPM America
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Linda and Judd Miner
Oppenheimer Family Foundation
The Polk Bros Foundation
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
The Segal Family Foundation
The Spencer Foundation
Jill Garling & Tom Wilson
Zell Family Foundation
Anonymous (2)

*Recognizing commitments made as of July 2020.

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