Facing History Partner Schools Network: What We Do

Facing History and Ourselves works with educators in network schools to develop programs and approaches that strengthen school culture, from advisory programs to community engagement to faculty development. Read and key strategies and programs used in many of the schools in the network. And check out videos highlighting our partner schools and educators below.

Strategies and Programs

There are many possibilities to incorporate art projects into Facing History classrooms. Over the years, schools have integrated artistic projects into each of the stages of the Facing History Journey. Below are a few projects that have engaged students in meaningful reflection of Facing History themes.

Facing History and Ourselves offers a multitude of resources to educators in all types of school settings. What is the best way to sequence Facing History in a middle school or high school? Recognizing that in the United States, state and district curriculum guidelines vary, there is no set sequence of these courses. The Innovative Schools Network is unique because of the universal commitment to an in depth use of Facing History, which enables many students in member schools to experience more than one unit of Facing History curriculum. 

For schools to have a vibrant school culture, they need a fair process for dealing with challenges. Many schools have adopted new systems to respond to disruptions of school harmony caused by a controversial issue, violence, or a violation of school norms. These initiatives are built on the belief that it is possible strengthen people’s humanity, even in trying circumstances.

Schools in the Innovative Schools Network invite community members and families to participate in special educational (and enjoyable) programs from time to time. These programs connect the schools to their surrounding neighborhoods, and provide students with the experience of presenting to diverse audiences. Participating parents and community members receive an inside view of the school and exposure to some of the themes of Facing History and Ourselves that the students study. Three examples of parent and community engagement programs are described below. 

A hallmark of the Innovative Schools Network is the whole-school approach with which a school embraces Facing History ideas. Since the goal is to infuse Facing History everywhere in the school, it is critical that all of the adults in the building are familiar with Facing History themes, resources, and approaches. Professional development is a central part of developing this shared knowledge and understanding.


Our Schools in Action

Facing History Helps Schools Meet the Common Core State Standards

Memphis principal Brett Lawson talks about how his school uses Facing History to meet Common Core standards for close reading, critical analysis, and critical thinking, writing, and speaking in Social Studies and English/Language Arts.

Creating a Positive School Culture using the Movie "Bully"

Learn how Facing History helped Capital City Public Charter strengthen school culture and decreased bullying behavior.

Holocaust and Human Behavior in the Classroom

Teachers at Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School use our Holocaust and Human Behavior resource and journey of discovery about oneself and others ("Scope and Sequence") to help students think critically about history and make informed choices.

Lasting Impact: A Generation Later, Students Remember

Larry Myatt’s former Facing History students use the skills they learned twenty-five years ago to inform choices they make today. Learn more about our lasting impact.

Powerful Learning with a Lasting Impact

Studies show that students who experience Facing History have higher rates of persistence in college, academic performance, and civic participation. Learn more about our positive impact on student achievement.


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