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Coming of Age Literature: A Facing History & Ourselves Approach to ELA

Experience our approach to teaching Coming-of-Age literature, designed to increase student agency, empathy, critical thinking, and literacy skills.

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Oak Ridge, NJ

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Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.


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.

Participants are eligible for up to 10 participation hours for attending this event.

English & Language Arts
Culture & Identity
Social-Emotional Learning

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Adolescence is a time when young people are crafting stories about who they are, how they understand the world, and how they fit into society. The study of literature has the power to inform and transform the way adolescents see themselves and others. Coming-of-Age in a Complex World, Facing History & Ourselves’ resource collection for literature and language arts classrooms, integrates timely research in adolescent development and literacy best practices. It is designed to help your students value the complexity of identity, process texts through a critical and ethical lens, and develop their sense of agency. 

This seminar will better equip educators with the tools necessary to build a coming-of-age unit that centers student identity, invites perspective taking and ethical reflection, develops literacy and critical thinking skills, and expands students’ capacities for engaged civic action.

We welcome individual teachers and encourage cohorts of two teachers and a department supervisor/administrator to apply!

This workshop prepares educators to bring Facing History & Ourselves approach to 6 - 12th English language arts classrooms by

  • Introducing the expansive collection, Coming of Age in a Complex World
  • Sharing sample texts, essential questions, and student learning experiences that promote deeper learning about self and society
  • Exploring how to use our Unit Planning Toolkit to craft effective curriculum for your own classroom

Workshop participants will receive digital access to:

  • Back to School Toolkit to help you build community with your students
  • Three multi-genre text sets with lesson plans and assessment ideas
  • Unit Guide for teaching Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Unit Planning Toolkit and Educator Workbook to help you design a coming-of-age literature unit for a book of your choosing
  • Book Club Guide with the resources and tools to launch student-centered book clubs
  • Whole School Read Planning Guide

This event will be hosted in person at Kean University, Skylands Campus.

Address: 243 Mount Paul Road, Oak Ridge, N.J. 07438

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Daily

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