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. 

Learn About the Curricular Units and Professional Development

Facing History will provide CPS educators across the district with professional development training, the units and resource materials, and multimedia resources necessary to bring our curriculum to life in classrooms and virtually.

Learn More About Upcoming Professional Development and Training

We offer a range of professional learning opportunities to meet your needs, including online courses and synchronous workshops.

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.

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.

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma? 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.

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*:

Anonymous (2)
Aon Foundation
The Baskin Family Foundation
Christopher Family Foundation
The Crown Family
Karen Harrison and Walter Freedman
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Linda and Judd Miner
Oppenheimer Family Foundation
PPM America
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
The Segal Family Foundation
The Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation
Jill Garling and Tom Wilson
Zell Family Foundation

*Recognizing commitments made as of August 2021.

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