Weston Middle School
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. The Edublog campus that Aidan O’Hara will create for the Weston Middle School will provide an online space for students and the school’s 15 Facing History-trained educators to share. The blog will connect students and educators across grade level and will showcase student work, teaching strategies, and lesson ideas.
Withrow University High School
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Amanda Schear redesigned her high school unit on civil rights history to incorporate Facing History resources and teaching strategies after she attended the organization’s seminar, “Choices in Little Rock.”
Randolph High School
Randolph, New Jersey
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Andrew Buchanan teaches both high school- and college-level courses specializing in the study of the Holocaust. Using Facing History’s Holocaust and Human Behavior guide, he will develop a new resource, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, called The Sephardim in the Balkans: Confronting the Past,
Finger Lakes Christian School
Seneca Falls, New York
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Dan Hennessy will use his grant to connect his New York high school students with their peers in Israel through an exploration of Holocaust literature. The teenagers from different countries will come together with the help of an online forum to confront moral questions and reflect about their attitudes, beliefs, and the meaning of the Holocaust in today’s world.
American School of the Hague
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Emma Sevitt will work with students to create an online walking tour exploring the history of Amsterdam during the Holocaust.
Notre Dame High School
San Jose, California
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Eran DeSilva’s students will work with a professional artist to explore and then create art that is anchored in the history of social movements covered in their interdisciplinary Facing History seminar on contemporary social issues. The project will culminate in a gallery exhibit for the community.
JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. The question “Who belongs in America?” is at the core of this digital storytelling project which explores the study of the Holocaust and Human Behavior, the formation of Israel, and the subject of immigration. Students will become active filmmakers and will turn the camera on their own school community as they seek out stories of coming to another country.
Girls Athletic Leadership School
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Jennifer Derosby will establish a restorative justice program at the Girls Athletic Leadership School. She will anchor her initiative in an 8th-grade Facing History unit on the history of South Africa and their Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School
New Haven, Connecticut
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. To culminate their study of the Holocaust and Human Behavior and examine their role in society, students at this diverse urban magnet school in New Haven, Connecticut, will work with their drama and history teachers to create a Facing History Playwriting Showcase for the community that will explore themes of upstander behavior and Choosing to Participate.
Shaker Heights High School
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. John will collaborate with Kent State University professor David Hassler to bring the play "May 4th Voices: Kent State 1970" into American history, literature, and theater courses at Shaker Heights High School and schools throughout the Cleveland area.
Boston Latin School
Winner, 2012 Facing History Upstander Contest. Quote: "The idea of engaging in student-centered learning, in which students ask big questions that ultimately are unanswerable but that drive learning as students grapple with the issues embedded in those questions, is quintessentially Facing History."
Kate Mullen Wiley
Lick Wilmerding High School
San Francisco, California
Kate Wiley’s senior seminar students will extend their study of Race and Membership and the eugenics movement to create supplemental readers and sourcebooks for schools throughout the state of California. This work aligns with a statewide initiative titled the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful) Education Act.
Bloomfield High School
Bloomfield, New Jersey
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. High school teacher Keri Gianotti will create and host two “family movie nights” screening the films Into the Arms of Strangers (grades 9 and 10) and Freedom Riders (grades 11 and 12). At both events, featured speakers will provide first-person accounts of the times covered in the film.
St. Agnes Academy
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Through Lauren's project, “Walking in Another’s Shoes: Students Leadership in Action,” the St. Agnes Academy Facing History and Ourselves Student Leadership Group will gather at Dominican Academy in New York City with students from other Dominican Catholic schools throughout the United States.They will live out the four Dominican Pillars of community, prayer, study, and just actions.
James A. Garfield High School
Los Angeles, California
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Marc Shettleroe’s students will organize an Armenian Genocide Awareness Conference featuring Armenian-American historian Dr. Richard Hovannisian and the students and community of East Los Angeles/James A. Garfield High School.
Harmony Science Academy
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Students will create and design webpages for a complex, interactive site that will examine the choices everyday citizens and political figures made in Germany from 1918 to 1942. Students will apply and analyze their knowledge of this time period to lead viewers toward a deeper understanding of the power our individual and collective choices have on real world outcomes.
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Students will complete a year-long project at Boston’s Beacon Academy that will introduce digital storytelling and reporting techniques. Beacon Academy serves primarily low-income 8th- and 9th- grade students from Boston and the surrounding urban areas.
Ballymoney High School
Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Richard's project brings students from neighboring Protestant and Catholic schools together to engage in historical study and civic and cross-community engagement.
Waterdown District High School
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Rob Flosman will work with his students to build a community-based World War II and Holocaust Museum. His Genocide Studies students will act as docents when other schools visit the museum. The goal will be to make the museum “virtual,” so that it is widely available online to students around the world.
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Shannon League’s students will analyze historic photographic essays, then work with a local photojournalist to study digital photography. Students will create an exhibit of their own responses to violence in their school and city that will be displayed in public buildings around Chicago.
Tonya Troske & Jamie Roberts
Amy Biehl Charter High School
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Winner, 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. Students at the urban Amy Biehl Charter High School will study a chapter of their local history through an exploration of the nearby Acoma Pueblo, the site of a 1599 massacre of Acoma Native Americans at the hands of Spanish conquistadors. Students will conduct interviews with natives of the pueblo, collecting oral histories in an effort to understand their local history and perspectives.