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Our Approach to Civic Education

Facing History's approach builds an ethical and engaged civic identity in young people that empowers them to actively and thoughtfully participate in a democratic society.

Our work supports an essential goal of American public education: preparing students for life in a democracy. 

Facing History believes civic education must:

  1. Begin in learner-centered classrooms that value students’ identities.

  2. Confront bias & develop a sense of the common good, while fostering civil discourse across differences.

  3. Engage with the complexities of history across every academic discipline.

  4. Introduce current events and controversial issues.

  5. Nurture students’ voice and agency through both reflection and action.

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A Proven Impact

Facing History significantly increases:

  • students’ tolerance for others with different political views
  • their capacity for civil discourse
  • their belief that they can make a difference

Facing History students score higher than peers on a civic responsibility index. Facing History alumni are more civically involved than peers: more likely to vote, to participate in a civic or community group, and to discuss current events.

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Regional Civics Initiatives

Massachusetts

See how Facing History’s resources meet the newly revised MA History and Social Science Framework.

Chicago

Learn about our partnership with the Chicago Public Schools.

California

Learn how Facing History's resources meet the California History–Social Science Framework.

New York

Learn how Facing History's resources are used in the New York Department of Education’s Civics for All curriculum.

Have questions or need support? Reach out to us and our support team will be happy to help.

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Join Us at an Upcoming Civics Professional Development Event

We offer a range of webinars, workshops, and in-depth courses throughout the year. 

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