On 19 June, 2013, Facing History and Ourselves in London hosted a public conversation on race relations in the United Kingdom. The event featured Dr. Doreen Lawrence OBE, whose son Stephen was murdered in a 1993 racially-charged attack, and BBC special correspondent Razia Iqbal. History teacher Martin Spafford and four of his year 9 and 10 Facing History students from the George Mitchell School in Waltham Forest welcomed the audience by sharing their personal stories.
The Memphis-based Commercial Appeal has featured Facing History and Ourselves teacher Lauren Boccia and three of her students from St. Agnes Academy. Supported in part by a 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant, Boccia and her students will travel to New York City this month to participate in a service-based learning trip with peers from Dominican Catholic schools throughout the United States.
Martin Spafford is a history teacher at the George Mitchell School, a secondary school in the Waltham Forest area of London. He spoke at the 19 June Facing History’s event, “The Murder of Stephen Lawrence: Learning from a Milestone in British Race Relations.”
A group of students and teachers in Mexico are taking history on the road this spring with a mobile Holocaust museum, which they designed and built as part of their work with Facing History and Ourselves.
On 19 June, 2013, Facing History and Ourselves in London will host an important conversation about race relations in the UK today and the steps each of us can take to contribute to a more tolerant, peaceful society.
Common Sense Media has featured Facing History and Ourselves’ work with the documentary BULLY, a powerful new film that offers insight into the lives of bullied and ridiculed children in the United States. A lead partner for the film, Facing History created the educator study guide for the film, Guide to the Film BULLY: Fostering Empathy and Action in Schools.
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport
This non-fiction young adult book is full of photographs and primary source materials that bring to life an important chapter of World War II history: Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. Appropriate for readers in grades 5 and up.
Nothing goes better with summer vacation than a good book. Whether you’re on the beach or preparing your syllabus for fall, check out these recommended titles. With a mix of non-fiction and fiction, and options for readers of all ages, this list is packed full of Facing History and Ourselves Library Director Tracy O’Brien’s best bets for the books that will keep you hooked all summer long.
Facing History and Ourselves has awarded $10,000 in resources and services to Boonton High School in Boonton, New Jersey to further professional development for the school’s social studies department and for curricular materials.
Facing History and Ourselves Klarman Family Executive Director Margot Stern Strom will moderate a panel on innovative approaches to designing human rights-related curriculum at an international conference to be held in June at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts.