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Facing History’s Approach to Teaching Coming of Age Literature Chicago Workshop

This workshop is now full. Please check our calendar for other offerings. This workshop will introduce educators to Facing History’s approach to teaching Coming of Age literature in secondary English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms. This event will be hosted in person.  

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Chicago, IL

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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 ISBE (Illinois).

If you are an educator based in Illinois, you may be eligible for up to 6 clock hours upon completion of this workshop.

English & Language Arts
Culture & Identity Democracy & Civic Engagement
Equity Education

During this session, we will:

  1. Introduce Facing History’s approach to the ELA classroom

  2. Showcase our expansive collection, Coming of Age in a Complex World

  3. Share sample texts, essential questions, and student learning experiences that promote deeper learning about self and society 

  4. Explore how to use our Unit Planning Toolkit to craft effective curriculum for your own classroom

This professional learning will introduce educators to Facing History’s approach to teaching secondary English Language Arts (ELA) that can be used to support common instructional formats: text sets, whole-class reads, and book clubs. We will explore our modular collection that invites students to explore the complexity of identity and develop a sense of agency as they reflect on what it means to grow up in the world today.

Who should take the course? 6th–12th grade English/Language Arts educators and instructional coaches

ISBE credits will be offered 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, vegetarian options will be included.

This workshop will be held 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, in-person at the Erikson Institute.

Address: 451 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654

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