CPS Curriculum Project
A Partnership Between Facing History and Chicago Public Schools
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.
Please email us to start the process of getting educators in your Chicago Public School registered for professional development.
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.
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.
PD is open to high school World Studies teachers. Get the Resources
Workshop Dates: February 25 - 26, 2019
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: TBA
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:
Christopher Family Foundation
Crown Family Philanthropies
Karen Harrison and Walter Freedman
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Linda and Judd Miner
Oppenheimer Family Foundation
Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
The Segal Family Foundation
Zell Family Foundation
*Recognizing commitments made as of September 2018.