One of the reasons our growing network of teachers choose to bring Facing History into their classrooms is because we provide robust support to our educators! We host online, in-person, and hybrid professional development and learning events throughout the year that cover a diverse set of topics and feature conversations with scholars and leaders who are experts in their fields.
This summer, more than 150 educators attended Facing History’s three-day 2023 Teaching for Equity and Justice (TEJ) Summer Institute. The purpose of this institute is to help teachers explore unconscious bias and work to mitigate the impact of historical racism on educational practices and policies.
Since its national launch in 2019, our TEJ training has taken multiple forms, including two-day workshops, multi-day summer workshops, and year-long learning series delivered to whole faculties over an academic year.
For each of our professional development offerings Facing History’s evaluation team measures the value of the experience for attendees. These evaluations allow us to continually fine-tune and innovate to ensure that we are delivering the best possible experience for educators. This most recent TEJ Summer Institute gave us fantastic insight into the tangible impact our TEJ training has and what excites and inspires our educators.
Here are what some of this year’s attendees had to say:
"I was feeling so burnt out at the end of the school year; I was on the verge of making this upcoming school year my last in education because I feel so defeated by current policies and student behavior. This work reinvigorated my why. I feel so much more motivated to stay in education and even go into leadership to enact the systemic changes we discussed during this institute."
"I found Dr. Hasan Jeffries’s keynote incredibly incisive and cohesive. I began to see the antecedents that led to our current educational inequities in a more clear way."
"The lessons that were particularly powerful were on the history of race, racism, and educational inequity and understanding and mitigating bias. They very logically flowed together and truly caused us to face history and then ourselves. The resources in these two sections led me to a LOT of self-reflection."
BIPOC Affinity Spaces
Our 2023 Teaching for Equity and Justice Summer Institute marked our first professional learning event where we offered BIPOC affinity spaces. BIPOC affinity spaces welcome historically underrepresented or underserved individuals to gather together in a group that allows people to be authentic and vulnerable in a way that feels safe and supportive. We were pleased to see that our affinity spaces launch was well-received.