Teaching Coming of Age in a Complex World Boston Workshop | Facing History & Ourselves
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Professional Learning

Teaching Coming of Age in a Complex World Boston Workshop

Experience our approach to teaching Coming-of-Age literature, designed to increase student agency, empathy, critical thinking and literacy skills, and belief they can make a difference in the world. This event will be hosted in person.

March 19, 2024 | 9:30 am to 3:30 pm EDT

Boston, MA

Cost:  $25
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About this event:

Single Session

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.


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.

Facing History and Ourselves is an approved Professional Development Provider for the Massachusetts Department of Education. Our content areas are History/Social Science; English Language Arts/Literacy; Safe & Supportive Learning Environments. Any combination of 10 hours of programming can be used to satisfy the Massachusetts Department of Education requirements. Contact your school administrator or school district for additional information or requirements.

Advisory Civics & Citizenship English & Language Arts Social Studies
Culture & Identity Democracy & Civic Engagement
Civic Education Equity Education Learning for School Leaders Social-Emotional Learning

As a result of participating in this workshop, you will:

  1. Practice strategies to foster and sustain student-centered classroom communities;

  2. Experience a Facing History approach to ELA through hands-on reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities using our new collection of Coming-of-Age curriculum resources;

  3. Develop the mindset and tools 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

Literature has the power to inform and transform the way adolescents see themselves and others. Facing History’s approach to teaching Coming-of-Age literature integrates social-emotional learning, civic education, and equity with new research in adolescent development. 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. 

Participants who join this workshop should come with a focal text of Coming of Age Literature. For guidance on choosing a text, you can take a look at our Principles for Text Selection.

This event will take place in-person at the Boston Athenaeum.
Address: 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

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