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Professional Learning

All Community Read: Teaching Rolling Warrior and Being Heumann

Facing History & Ourselves’ 2022-23 All Community Read will be a collective journey of transformation supported by an educator workshop and author event. We will engage in conversation around the young adult and adult versions of Judith Heumann’s memoirs.

December 08, 2022 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm CST

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About this event:

Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.

Instructor-Led

This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for Certificate of Completion.

You will be eligible to receive five hours of professional development credit for participation if you actively engage in this workshop. Check with your school district in advance of the workshop to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

In this workshop, you will:

  1. Explore Facing History’s Coming of Age in a Complex World Resource Collection for ELA educators. This collection includes text sets, a Unit Planning Toolkit, a book club guide, and a new Whole School Read Planning Guide, designed to equip educators with resources, strategies, and student-facing handouts for engaging your community in a shared reading experience.

  2. Experience interdisciplinary teaching strategies that help students engage with the text, think critically, and participate in civil discourse on topics related to coming of age, disability justice, agency, and civic action;

  3. Engage in a study of disability justice in America from the 1960-70s into the 2000s with a focus on the enforcement of Section 504 of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

If you have an accessibility need, please support [at] facinghistory.org (contact us) with your accommodation request and we will follow up with you for further details. Captioning will be provided during this webinar.

Learn more about Facing History's All Community Read.

Join us for a workshop to support two books by disability justice warrior, Judith Heumann -- Being Heumann: Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, and the edition adapted for young readers, Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark a Revolution. Both texts lend themselves to interdisciplinary connections between literature and pivotal moments in US history, and could quite possibly change the way you think about teaching for equity and justice.

Using Judy Heumann’s story as a lens to explore identity, membership, belonging, and agency, participants will examine factors such as individual choices, society, universe of obligation, opportunity, and power. This workshop will include ways to heighten student engagement in a time where interest levels can be challenging to reach. Teachers may explore the ways in which their classrooms contribute to the identities and agency of their students and how their own identity is shaped by their teaching and their students. 

This event will not be recorded.

After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable units and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools.
  • Receive an invitation to participate with your students in a virtual author speaker event on March 1, 2023 with Judith Heumann.

This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers of English Language Arts, humanities, social studies, and Special Education. We also welcome community members who plan to facilitate these books in other non-school environments.

“Change never happens at the pace we think it should. It happens over years of people joining together, strategizing, sharing, and pulling all the levers they possibly can. Gradually, excruciatingly slowly, things start to happen, and then suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, something will tip.” - Judith Heumann


Facing History & Ourselves’ 2022-23 All Community Read will be a collective journey of transformation. We will engage in conversation around the young adult and adult versions of Judith Heumann’s memoirs. Heumann, one of the most influential disability rights activists in US history, shares her personal story of fighting for her right - and the rights of all people with disabilities - to receive an education, secure employment, and be recognized as fully human.