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Teaching Coming of Age in a Complex World: Blended Workshop Series

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 blended 3-part workshop series, open to educators in Boston and Cleveland, consists of two virtual meetings and one day long in person workshop.

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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.

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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 Certificate of Completion.

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

Key Points

  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.

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. 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, civics 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. 

This workshop series is for educators who are new to our Coming of Age Collection.  Participants who join this workshop should come with a Coming of Age text that they are considering teaching. For guidance on choosing a text, you can take a look at our Principles for Text Selection. In order to register, participants should be able to commit to joining all three sessions, including the in person full day workshop offered in either Boston or Cleveland. 

Event details:

  • Part I: Thursday, November 3rd, 4:00-5:15pm ET (Virtual)
  • Part II: Tuesday, December 6th, 9am-2pm ET Day Long Workshop (In person)
  • Part III: Thursday, January 12th, 4:00-5:15pm ET  (Virtual)

December 6, 2022 In Person Workshop Locations:

Boston Location :
50 Liberty Drive Suite 500
facing the Marina and the ICA
Boston, MA 

Cleveland Location:
Notre Dame College - The Great Room
1857 Green Road
South Euclid, OH 44121

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