In schools, adolescents have the opportunity to practice participation in a democratic society. To meet the needs of adolescents as they develop, educators must provide the environment and tools for self reflection and authentic engagement and encourage students to ask difficult questions about ethics, fairness, and justice in their world.
For the past 45 years, Facing History has recognized that an Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) approach to education provides an effective framework for teaching and learning. In this webinar, we shared how Facing History works at the intersection of social-emotional learning and academics, informed by civic engagement and equity and justice. We provided resources and strategies for you to consider integrating these four elements in your school or classroom.
Facing History’s approach to SEAD enables teachers to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking, empathy and other social-emotional competencies, and to facilitate transformative dialogue in their classrooms. In Facing History classrooms, teachers:
- Promote a climate of respect;
- Model a culture of questioning;
- Nurture student voice; create space for diverse identities, viewpoints, and lived experience;
- Deepen reflection through thoughtful silence; and
- Honor different learning styles.
We are grateful to The Hammer Family for supporting the development of our on-demand learning and teaching resources.