About Professional Development

Gain a new perspective, add more tools to your teaching toolbox, and benefit from the experience and fellowship of other teachers—from your own district and around the world.

Our offerings introduce humanities, civics, social studies, and ELA educators to innovative teaching strategies, resources, and the scholarship that make teachers more effective and lead to increased student engagement and learning.

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We Offer Flexibility

Choose from weeklong seminars, multi-week online courses, after-school and multi-day workshops, one-hour webinars, and more. Or work with Facing History to develop a tailored program to meet the needs of your school or district.

What to Expect

Our face-to-face seminars and online courses provide the latest scholarship on historical events, strategies for teaching sensitive issues, and the tools necessary to bring Facing History’s approach into your classroom.

In-Person

In our face-to-face seminars, over three to five days, you will experience what a Facing History classroom looks and feels like, engage with guest speakers such as scholars or survivors, and share insights with colleagues. After the seminar is over, we offer continuing support—from our Program Associates, who can answer questions, problem solve, and help you plan your unit; through our extensive lending library of books, DVDs, and other resources; and at follow-up workshops and special events.

Most seminars take place over contiguous days. However, in some cases, a seminar may take place spread out over several months or be offered in a hybrid model, with some sessions offered online and others in person to offer more flexibility and an opportunity to interact more deeply with digital content and tools.

Online

Our online courses take place over five to eight weeks and bring together educators from around the world with diverse points of view and experiences. As an online participant, you will engage in a variety of activities that include reading materials, viewing video clips, creating journal entries, and experiencing different digital tools that you can integrate into your classroom. Much of the important work takes place in online discussion forums, facilitated by teacher leaders trained in Facing History’s approach.

The online experience offers maximum flexibility, since you choose when to be online, although there are usually two or three mandatory conference calls or webinars during the course. As members of a community of adult learners, participants are expected to complete approximately four hours of work each week at their own pace.

As with in-person seminars, participants benefit from continued engagement with Facing History after the course is complete. For more information about online learning, visit our Online Learning FAQ.

Many of Our Events Are Free

We offer many of our events at no or low cost. Scholarships are also often available for fee-based events. Visit our Payment and Registration Assistance page for more information.

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