Find resources and support to help you implement Facing History in your classroom
Facing History’s unique approach to teaching academics with the explicit goal of developing civic agency in adolescents has proven outcomes in the classroom and beyond. Our resources will help you add dimension to your practice by amplifying equity and justice, social-emotional learning, and civic education.
Implement Facing History in your Classroom
From standalone activities to complete collections, our best-in-class curricular resources help educators promote students’ analytical thinking skills, empathy, and engagement with key civic and social issues.
We also offer professional learning opportunities focused on equity, civics, social-emotional learning, and school leadership to help you get the most out of Facing History’s resources.
For All Educators
Facing History partners with educators to create classroom experiences that engage students to learn and grow academically, emotionally, and ethically.
Get resources for teaching a unit on the efforts to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, explored through the lens of civic choices.
Facing Hate: Antisemitism, Race, and White Supremacy
Learn how concepts of race continue to feed antisemitic ideologies, how antisemitism continues to impact ideas of race, and how we can work to uproot white supremacy and racisms from our schools and society.
Those Who Were There: Using Podcasts and Survivor Testimony in Your Classroom
Explore the significance of hearing testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and the impact of using podcasts as a learning tool in your classroom.
Civics & Civic Education
Our civic education resources are created to inspire students to think beyond the classroom, and apply what they learn to make a positive difference in their communities.
This Teaching Idea provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of democracy and a framework for making meaning of news stories about the tensions and conflicts in democracies today.
Community Matters: A Facing History & Ourselves Approach to Advisory
Our advisory curriculum for grades 8–10 contains a year’s worth of activities, handouts, and best practices for establishing inclusive communities where students can engage in honest discussions and build their voices.
Incorporate these community-building routines into your lessons to set a welcoming tone, allow students to connect with one another, and encourage goal setting.
Working for Justice, Equity and Civic Agency in Our Schools: A Conversation with Clint Smith
Issues of equity and education have long existed in our country and continue to manifest today. How can writing and the power of one's voice help us respond to these disparities? Listen to writer and educator, Dr. Clint Smith, where we hear his poetry and reflections on working for justice, equity, and civic agency in our schools.
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Teachers and Facing History share a mission and values. We want to use our history, social studies, English language arts, and other classroom content to prepare students to recognize and stand up to bigotry and hate when they witness it. Our students work together to create space in their classrooms that encourage empathy, kindness, respect, and curiosity.
Facing History works toward this shared mission and values every day, and has found measurable, positive results. You can learn more about the impact of this work in our impact report.
Whenever I try to figure out how to make sense of this world for my students, my touchstone is always Facing History.
Tracy Garrison-Feinberg, Teacher, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (Brooklyn, NY)
Empowering Students in the Classroom and Beyond
Educators know that what their students learn in the classroom affects how they view contemporary issues. Facing History helps educators connect history to what’s happening in the world today. After participating in a Facing History classroom, many of our students are inspired to put the values they have developed into practice in their communities.
Learn More from a Facing History Educator
Keep up with Facing History to learn more about how our educator resources and learning opportunities connect the past with the history being made today.
In honor of Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, Facing History takes the opportunity to remember the pain, suffering, and loss sustained by the victims of the Holocaust, their families, and the generations that have followed them.
Earth Day grants educators the opportunity to consider the ecological issues facing the planet and the unique ways that they are impacting the young people in their classrooms, which both elevates youth activism surrounding the issue and provides a healthy environment to process "ecological grief."
How to Build an Affirming Classroom in the Face of Anti-Trans Legislation
In response to the rise of legislation targeting transgender people, Facing History provides resources for educators to build an affirming, welcoming class community for your students, especially trans and non-binary students.
In response to the outpouring of discussion and debate following President Biden’s statement that Russia’s ongoing assault on Ukraine constitutes genocide, Facing History provides five reads to address crucial questions educators and their students may be asking.
Facing History grants educators the opportunity to take advantage of five virtual tours, exhibitions, and professional development resources to navigate the challenges that arise when teaching about genocide.
Facing History identifies six books that elevate understudied aspects of multiple historical genocides and the connections between them to aid efforts of genocide prevention within a global climate of rising hate.
In accordance with Genocide Awareness Month, Facing History offers nine classroom resources educators can utilize to help their students think critically about the specific historical and contemporary conditions under which genocides occurred to effectively unite head, heart, and conscience.