Engaging with Text Selection in ELA Classrooms Mini-Course Mini Course | Facing History & Ourselves
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Engaging with Text Selection in ELA Classrooms Mini-Course

This mini-course provides educators with tools and practices to explore important questions regarding text selection in the ELA classroom.

February 29, 2024 - March 28, 2024


Cost:  Free
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About this event:


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.

Instructor-Led & Self-Paced

This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff and also contains portions that are self-paced and delivered virtually. When you register, you will receive instructions for how access and participate in the event.

This event qualifies for Certificate of Completion.

At the conclusion of the event, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for 6 hours of attendance. Certificates may be submitted for a school’s or district’s approval towards professional development credits. Requirements for professional development credits vary by state. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their school, organization, and/or state.

English & Language Arts

This online mini-course is designed to give middle and high school educators the tools and practices to explore key questions about text selection in the English language arts (ELA) classroom. Participants will engage in self-reflection, explore Facing History resources, and be in conversation with other educators as they consider what texts to choose for classroom use. This mini-course includes both self-guided work and facilitated live Zoom sessions. View the full schedule below.


Educators will:

  • Explore their core beliefs about teaching and learning and consider how their own identities and past experiences as ELA students might shape their pedagogy and curricular decisions.  
  • Examine how knowing their students as unique individuals, as well as understanding their relationship to reading and writing, can help them support their students intellectually and emotionally. 
  • Reflect on their course as a whole and on particular texts that can address an opportunity, challenge, need, or new direction they would like to pursue with their students.


Module 1: Start With Yourself  (asynchronous, approx. 60 minutes to complete): February 29–March 7

Module 2: Consider Your Students  (asynchronous, approx. 90 minutes to complete): March 8–14

Live Session 1: Thursday, March 14, 7–8:00 PM ET (see in your time zone)

Module 3: Avenues for Text Selection (asynchronous, approx 60 minutes to complete) March 15–21

Module 4: Choosing a Text (asynchronous, approx 30 minutes to complete) March 22–28

Live Session 2: Thursday, March 28, 7–8:00 PM ET (see in your time zone)

Note: We will not be recording the sessions, so please plan to join us live.

Mini-Course At-a-Glance Details

Who should take this mini-course: 6th–12th grade English language arts and humanities  teachers, school leaders, and curriculum specialists. We invite educators from a variety of school settings including public, private, independent, and religious schools to apply. 

Cost: Free. The registration and event fees for this online offering have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and supporters.

Duration: 4 weeks. There is a new module each week and the mini-course includes two live Zoom sessions.

Accessibility: Facing History is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for educators of all abilities. If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at www.facinghistory.org/contact-us. If possible, requests should be made at least two weeks in advance. Please note: we will make every effort to secure services, but all are subject to availability.