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Explore ways to critically examine your identity as an educator, examine teaching strategies to build community and trust, and share methods to facilitate reflective conversations.
Listen to Dr. Clint Smith's poetry and reflections on issues of equity and education, both how they have long existed in our country and how they are particularly manifesting today.
This self-paced online workshop will introduce you to the Choices in Little Rock unit and help prepare you to teach this unit in your classroom.
Explore approaches to centering student voice, building authentic relationships and cultivating community with Molly Josephs, the creator of This Teenage Life, a youth-driven, story-sharing podcast that started as a school club.
Explore teaching strategies and flexible resources designed to help you begin getting to know your students as individuals and facilitating the process of creating an open, supportive, and reflective classroom community.
Examine how the Reconstruction Era is remembered and the impact of its legacy on contemporary society with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jefferies, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University and scholar of African American history and contemporary Black politics.
Listen to Mr. Arthur Ullian discuss his childhood experiences as the only Jewish student in elite prep schools he attended, exploring how the challenges he faced can help inform and support educators who want to affirm the dignity of every student in their schools.
Explore the process of choosing texts with a focus on equity and voice, as well as creating classroom spaces for exploring literature through a critical and ethical lens.
Listen to a conversation with Dr. Karlos K. Hill on the Tulsa Race Massacre's enduring legacy of resilience.
Author and activist Helen Zia explores the history of anti-Asian hate, as well as stories of resistance, perseverance, and pride within the AAPI community.
Join Brandeis University’s Professor of American Jewish History, Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, in conversation with Facing History & Ourselves about the history, themes, and relevance of antisemitic in-group signaling continuing to show up in contemporary American society.
Dr. Tommie Smith, Olympic gold medalist and renowned activist, and other acclaimed athlete activists discuss the long history of activism in sports.
Watch a conversation with Professor Binna Kandola OBE, psychologist and author, discussing the impact of discrimination and micro-incivilities in the workplace.
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.
Listen to Dr. Eve L. Ewing discuss the history and legacy of The Red Summer in Chicago, a week-long episode of racial violence in 1919.
Explore how framing a lesson around the importance of memory using classroom discussion and journaling can prepare students to learn from survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants.
Watch a conversation with Dr. Carol Anderson; professor, historian, and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, exploring the history of the fight for African Americans' voting rights as part of the struggle for racial justice in the United States.
Watch a conversation with Dr. John B. King Jr., CEO of The Education Trust and former US Secretary of Education, and Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, discuss the role of education during moments of national reckoning and the importance of civic agency in our classrooms.
Hear reflections on the state of education today and what it means to support social justice and be an anti-racist educator.
Learn about pedagogical approaches that exist to empower educators and their students to analyze, navigate, and challenge racial injustice.
Understand the gendered nature of colonization and genocide in Canada, with particular reference to the histories of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirited and transgendered people.
Explore resources for bringing closure to an extraordinary school year, helping students stay connected to learning, and rebuilding community when school resumes.
How can students effectively leverage the power of digital tools to make civic change? Join us for a conversation with Henry Jenkins, Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education at the University of Southern California, where we discuss the relationship between technology, learning, and civic engagement.
For the final conversation in this series, Ambassador Samantha Power talks about inspiring young people to realize their potential to be upstanders for a more humane and just world.
Explore the importance of teaching and learning LGBTQ history to create a more inclusive and equitable picture of US History, reflect student identities in the history we teach, and inspire future Upstanders.
Watch how an educator encourages each student to engage with speaking and listening roles, resulting in active participation, careful listening, and meaningful reflection.
Explore our lessons on Who Will Write Our History, learn about educational resources on the Warsaw ghetto at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and listen to a discussion with the filmmaker on her visionary film.
Learn strategies that will help your students build informative, explanatory, and argumentative writing skills needed to address the Reconstruction Era and compelling issues in today's world.
Explore our lessons on the United Farm Workers and learn about Dolores Huerta's life work and current activism.
Explore the historical roots of current inequities, the role of professional and personal learning opportunities for educators, and the importance of integrating social-emotional learning and civic education to empower all students.
Learn about the challenges schools face when confronting the persistence of racism and antisemitism, explore resources to help you respond to hatred in your school, and increase your ability to facilitate respectful classroom dialogue.
Explore remote teaching strategies and approaches to creating community and sustaining student-centered learning in a digital environment.
Learn about interdisciplinary connections, media literacy, strategies for supporting students' social-emotional well-being, and resources to probe deeper questions about community, responsibility, and the common good.
Learn about the preparations schools should be doing and explore teaching strategies for online learning.
Learn how an educator encourages emotional engagement and ethical reflection while teaching about the history of segregation in the United States and its social, legal, and political consequences.
Discover how to provide your students with the historical context for understanding the crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 by tracing the history of segregation in the United States and its social, legal, and political consequences.
Learn practical tools and strategies to encourage students to explore their Jewish identities and consider how they coexist with their identities as Americans.
Delve into the testimonies and experiences of those who were part of the National Inquiry in Canada, both in the past and in the present, while maintaining the importance of intersectional and Indigenous-led storytelling in documenting genocide.
Watch to understand how Facing History's pedagogical approach, content, and teaching strategies can be used to support teaching Apartheid and learning about the violent past.
Explore how to help define your school's vision of advisory programmatically and consider how advisory helps to build community within the classroom and school at large.
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher uses the Big Paper teaching strategy as he shares primary source documents about the Reconstruction era with his students. This discussion strategy uses writing and silence as tools to help students explore a topic in depth. This process slows down students’ thinking and gives them an opportunity to focus on the views of others. It also creates a visual record of students’ thoughts and questions that you can refer to later in a course.
Watch as a teacher introduces this key concept and prepares students to apply it to works of literature.
During this webinar, we share tips and tools you can use in your classroom to help engage students in productive and meaningful discussions about current world issues. We also practice strategies to navigate heightened emotions and a range of perspectives in diverse settings.
Learn about the increasing number of hate crimes fueled by antisemitism in recent years in Canada, as well as examples of individuals, groups, and civic leaders standing up and speaking out against hate.
Learn concrete strategies you can use to engage your class when discussing cases of antisemitism, as well as other difficult issues.
During this webinar, we discuss practical tools and strategies that encourage students to make authentic connections between Jewish holiday content and Facing History themes encountered in the classroom.
This webinar features a conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power about educating young people to be upstanders for a more humane and just world.
This webinar explores how Facing History’s approach to essential questions helps students make authentic connections between Judaic content and the world around them, and how these questions can deepen students’ learning and increase their engagement on both an emotional and intellectual level.
Watch to examine the way the Reconstruction Era is remembered and the impact of its various legacies in contemporary society.
Developed specifically for educators in Jewish settings, the webinar will explore five new lessons from Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior which are designed to help you lead middle or high school students through an examination of the catastrophic period of the Holocaust from a historical perspective.
Watch this webinar to learn about our extensive resources for teaching about immigration in social studies and literature classrooms and discuss the importance of stories in addressing today’s challenges of borders and belonging.
How can teachers begin to build an open, supportive, and reflective learning community from the beginning of the school year? In this webinar, we’ll discuss the important role the first few days of school play in supporting students’ social-emotional learning and academic success.
Join us as we consider short films, lesson ideas, and poetry through which students can learn about the Holocaust.
In this webinar, we discuss how to use the documentary Brother Outsider to explore Bayard Rustin’s identity as a gay man of color trying to affect change in the twentieth century, his work as the organizer of the March on Washington, and his legacy in the civil rights movement today.
Watch this webinar to explore teaching Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s powerful memoir of her family’s internment at Manzanar Internment Camp in California.
Watch this webinar where we’ll examine Ji-li Jiang’s affecting memoir of growing up during the Cultural Revolution and discuss ways to introduce the concept of memoir to your students, particularly as they grapple with a historical narrative of the Cultural Revolution.
Explore lessons that consider the role antisemitism played at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as a case study in contemporary antisemitism.
Watch this webinar to hear Mr. Charles Mauldin, Selma March youth leader, reflect on his experiences as a student activist and the power of young people to spark social change, both during the civil rights movement and today.
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher facilitates a conversation with students about the legacy of the eugenics movement in the United States. During this video, students consider complicated questions: Who is responsible, and how can they be held accountable? Who, if anyone, stood up to the injustices of the time period? What have students learned from this history? What legacies of the eugenics movement do students see today?
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher leads students in the construction of found poems based on their research about the eugenics movement in the early twentieth century in the United States. A “found poem” is one that is created using only words, phrases, or quotations that have been selected and rearranged from another text. Writing found poems is a structured way to have students review material and synthesize their learning.
Watch this webinar to hear reflections from Mr. Spielberg on the power of storytelling and addressing injustice, gain insights from Schindler’s list survivor Rena Finder and learn effective strategies to prepare students to view the film.
How can we apply the lessons of the film Schindler’s List toward standing up to hatred in our own communities? How do you engage students in conversations around racism, antisemitism and other forms of hatred? Watch this webinar to hear Mr. Spielberg discuss the legacy of Schindler’s List, its impact on Holocaust education, and the importance of responding to hatred in our communities today.
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher leads a classroom discussion that explores the meaning of freedom to formerly enslaved people during the Reconstruction era. By learning about the choices and aspirations of freedpeople immediately after Emancipation, students grapple with what it means to be free, and they also consider what role freedom plays in their own lives.
In this webinar, we explore some of the immediate and long-term legacies in the lives of individuals, in the course of nations, and in the policies developed in response to the death and destruction of WWII.
An identity chart is a graphic organizer that students can use to reflect on the factors that shape their individual identity as well those that shape their identity as the member of a community. In this video, high school students create identity charts during the first week of the school as they prepare to write essays for their college applications.
This webinar examines how to use images to support middle school students’ understanding of key themes in the history of the rise of the Nazis and models teaching strategies geared toward helping middle school students analyze historical images.
A journal is an instrumental tool for helping students develop their ability to critically examine their surroundings from multiple perspectives and to make informed judgments about what they see and hear. Journals make learning visible by providing a safe, accessible space for students to share thoughts, feelings, and uncertainties. In this classroom video, a high school history teacher uses journals with his students both at the beginning and end of a lesson on Reconstruction.
Contracting is an effective strategy to create a reflective classroom. In this video, a middle school teacher leads his class through the contracting process during the first week of school and students discuss expectations and norms of how class members will treat each other.
The Barometer teaching strategy helps students share their opinions by asking them to line up along a continuum based on their position on an issue. It is especially useful when you want to discuss an issue about which students have a wide range of opinions. In this video, middle school students learn how to participate in a Barometer activity during the first week of school.
A journal is an instrumental tool for helping students develop their ability to critically examine their surroundings from multiple perspectives and to make informed judgments about what they see and hear. Journals make learning visible by providing a safe, accessible space for students to share thoughts, feelings, and uncertainties. In this video, middle school students acclimate to using journals during the first week of school.
Watch this webinar to explore classroom-ready lessons and resources that will help you teach about the ever increasing importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the UDHR reaches its 70th anniversary in 2018.
Watch this webinar to learn how to integrate video testimonies and original mini-documentaries into your middle school classroom.
An identity chart is a graphic organizer that students can use to reflect on the factors that shape their individual identity as well those that shape their identity as the member of a community. In this video, students create identity charts for different civil rights activists.
Watch this conversation with journalist and author Eli Saslow to learn how white-supremacist ideas migrated from the far-right fringe to the streets of Charlottesville and beyond.
Learn ways to empower students to find their voice, a framework for youth participation, and examples of civic participation.
Through an interdisciplinary hands-on art class, students create memorials to those lost during the Holocaust. Several students have personal ties to the Holocaust and share how their projects honor these connections.
In this video, students participate in a Socratic seminar centered on the essential question, "How do our personal stories influence how we fight for justice?" They consider the personal stories of civil rights activists Yuri Kochiyama and Angela Davis.
In this video, the teacher uses the Two-Column Note-Taking strategy with his students to help them organize their thoughts and emotional responses as they listen to recorded survivor testimony. This strategy gives students literal space to process their emotional responses to challenging material.
In this video, students discuss the idea of “we and they.” They reflect on the snap judgements they make about others and consider how others might make quick calculations about them. Concepts of membership, belonging and stereotypes are addressed.
As educators, what do we need to consider when discussing DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the preceding DREAM Act, in class? This webinar provides tips for facilitating conversations about this topic.
In this video, students participate in a Socratic seminar after reading Voices in the Dark, a first-person account of antisemitism experienced by a WWI veteran. The Socratic seminar centers around the question, "What does this story teach us about Germany in the early 1920s?"
This webinar focuses on how to cultivate safe spaces for students so that open and respectful dialogue can take place in the classroom.
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate the new edition’s video testimonies and original mini-documentaries into your classroom, and get tips for teaching strategies that connect the study of history with ethical reflection and human behavior.
Students explore the nature of justice and how the unwritten rules of society can impact how laws are carried out. The class discusses the historical case of the Scottsboro Boys, nine black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women in 1930s Alabama.