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Fostering Belonging and Welcoming Newcomers: An Exploration of Identity Storytelling

The registration for this event is now closed. Join us for our spring gathering focused on creating welcoming and inclusive communities in our schools. This event will occur in-person.

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Chicago, IL

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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.

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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).

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Advisory Civics & Citizenship English & Language Arts History Social Studies
Culture & Identity Global Migration & Immigration
Learning for School Leaders Social-Emotional Learning

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  1. The registration for this event is now closed. Please reach out to [email protected] for questions.

Come together with members of the Facing History Chicago Teacher Leadership Team and Partner Schools Network for our Spring Colloquium, “Fostering Belonging and Welcoming Newcomers: An Exploration of Identity Storytelling.”  

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. At a time when many schools welcome newcomers nearly every day, making time and space to hear others’ stories and share our own can help develop empathy and foster school spaces where everyone can thrive. 

Join Facing History and special guests Jean Michel Dissard, the director and producer of the film, “I Learn America,” and I Learn America facilitators, for a unique and collaborative event celebrating building diverse and inclusive communities through self-reflection and shared narratives. 

I Learn America follows a youth-led storytelling model, focusing on using community dialogue to spark conversations about identity, migration, and schools. We will hear from young adult facilitators who were once newcomers in their school communities, and explore strategies to engage adults and students in constructing spaces of belonging together. 

Participants will have a chance to share their successes and challenges with fellow Facing History teachers, and explore resources and tools to strengthen their school and classroom communities.

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Jean Michel Dissard


Certificate of Completion

Illinois-certified educators are eligible for up to 5 clock hours (formerly CPDUs) for full participation. 

Participants may receive a Certificate of Completion for 5 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.

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