Teaching Resources for the 2020 US Election

Facing History's US election-season resources were designed and curated to help students think critically about the role of elections, voting, and civic participation in creating and sustaining a just and healthy democracy. 


Learn more about our approach to civic education.

These resources will help you and your students:

  • reflect on a historic election,
  • examine the historical struggle for voting rights and the importance of ensuring that today's elections are free and fair,
  • consider the factors that shape our political decision making and the role of media literacy, and
  • explore the many ways that young people, both current and future voters, make their voices heard and choose to participate.

Our election resources include:

Teaching Ideas to explore election news and related history and Explainers to introduce key terms and concepts. These resources and activities can be used for all or part of a class period.

Classroom routines and guides geared towards community-building and fostering inclusive, constructive discourse among your students in both remote and in-person settings.

Online professional development, including webinars and workshops focused on teaching during an election year and how to build connections between history, curriculum, and students' everyday lives.

Professional Development



  • 15
    A Conversation with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad


    12:00–1:15 PM ET
    11:00 AM–12:15 PM CT
    10:00–11:15 AM MT
    9:00–10:15 AM PT

    Cultivating Genius: Learning about Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad

    Join us for a conversation with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad on culturally and historically responsive literacy.

    July 15, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


  • 17
    Explorations Workshop: Introducing Facing History

    This two-day workshop takes place on Zoom.
    August 17–18, 2021
    11 am – 4 pm (ET)
    10 am – 3 pm (CT)
    9 am – 2 pm (MT)
    8 am – 1 pm (PT)

    Explorations: Building Learning Communities through SEL, Equity, and Civic Education

    This two-day online introductory “Explorations” workshop is designed for schools and districts interested in learning more about how Facing History can support them in achieving their goals. It introduces Facing History’s programs and approach to social-emotional learning (SEL), equity, and civic education, exploring how understanding ourselves, understanding students, understanding history, and understanding learning can empower educators as change agents.

    August 17, 2021 - August 18, 2021
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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