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Get a glimpse inside real classrooms in our classroom videos to see our teaching strategies in action, learn from our on-demand webinars, and engage with our self-paced workshops to further your professional learning. Gather with colleagues or view on your own!

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Back to School: Attending to Students’ Social–Emotional Needs in the New Normal

Explore ways to support the social-emotional needs of students after a season of disrupted learning, a summer of historic protests and unrest, and an ongoing pandemic.

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Working for Justice, Equity and Civic Agency in Our Schools: A Conversation with Clint Smith

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.

1:01:00
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Teaching Through this Pandemic: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Explore resources for bringing closure to an extraordinary school year, helping students stay connected to learning, and rebuilding community when school resumes.

Self-Paced Workshop

Choices in Little Rock: An Approach to Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

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. 

Self-Paced Workshop

Teaching Red Scarf Girl

This interactive workshop uses resources from the companion study guide Teaching Red Scarf Girl and helps teachers develop a customized teaching plan informed by Facing History’s approach.

Self-Paced Workshop

Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior

This interactive self-paced workshop will support you in teaching a short unit of study of Holocaust and Human Behavior.

Self-Paced Workshop

Using Facing History in a Canadian History Course

This interactive self-guided course will support you in teaching your Canadian history course with a methodology and accompanying resources that encourage an honest and complex approach to the content.

1:05:21
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Race, Equity, and the State of Education: A Conversation with Dr. Pedro Noguera

Hear reflections on the state of education today and what it means to support social justice and be an anti-racist educator.

1:03:00
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Schooling for Critical Consciousness: A Conversation with Scott Seider and Daren Graves

Learn about pedagogical approaches that exist to empower educators and their students to analyze, navigate, and challenge racial injustice.

1:35:00
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Restoring the Balance: A Short History of Gendered Colonization in Canada

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.

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Choosing to Participate: Civic Engagement in a Digital Age

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.

1:00:49
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Race and Equity in the Jewish Educational Context

Learn about the historical roots of race and equity and explore ways of starting conversations about race and equity in Jewish educational settings.

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Bringing LGBTQ Upstanders into Your Classroom: A Conversation with Eric Marcus

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.

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Who Will Write Our History: A Conversation with Filmmaker Roberta Grossman

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.

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Literacy with a Social Studies Lens: Writing for Deeper Learning

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.

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Becoming an Activist: A Conversation with Dolores Huerta

Explore our lessons on the United Farm Workers and learn about Dolores Huerta's life work and current activism.

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Teaching for Equity and Justice: A Conversation with Linda Darling-Hammond

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.

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Responding to Hate in Your School

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.

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School Closures and Online Learning: Creating Community, Centering Students

Explore remote teaching strategies and approaches to creating community and sustaining student-centered learning in a digital environment.

1:05:00
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Coronavirus: Teaching Complex Current Events and Supporting Student Well-Being

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.

1:07:31
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Coronavirus: Maintaining Healthy Schools and Preparing for Online Learning

Learn about the preparations schools should be doing and explore teaching strategies for online learning.

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Rethinking America and the Holocaust

Explore the motivations, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans' responses to Nazism, the European refugee crisis of the 1930s, and the Holocaust.

1:01:35
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Jewish Identity and the Complexities of Multiple Belongings

Learn practical tools and strategies to encourage students to explore their Jewish identities and consider how they coexist with their identities as Americans.

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Literacy with a Social Studies Lens: Reading, Speaking and Listening for Deeper Learning

Learn teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully. 

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The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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.

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Teaching about the Violent Past: Apartheid and Its Legacies

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. 

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Community Matters: Facing History's Approach to Advisory

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.

59:41
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Current Events in Your Classroom

In this webinar, we discuss tips for making meaningful connections between current events and your curriculum and strategies for navigating partisan politics in diverse classrooms.

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Opportunities and Challenges: Teaching Current Events in Jewish Educational Settings

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.

59:56
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Teaching about Contemporary Antisemitism in Canada

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.

1:01:50
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None is Too Many: Antisemitism in Canada's Past

Learn about Canada's restrictive immigration policies that led to the refusal to accept Jewish refugees from Europe during the years 1933-1948.

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Preparing Your Classroom for Conversations about Antisemitism

Learn concrete strategies you can use to engage your class when discussing cases of antisemitism, as well as other difficult issues.

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Enrich the Jewish Holiday Curriculum Using Facing History Materials

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.

1:07:09
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WWII in Asia: Between History & Memory

This webinar models how to access Facing History's rich digital and print content for teaching the Japanese invasion of Nanjing and the beginning of World War II in Asia.

1:05:10
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The Education of an Idealist: A Conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power

This webinar features a conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power about educating young people to be upstanders for a more humane and just world.

1:01:11
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Using Essential Questions: Making Connections for Deep Learning in Jewish Settings

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.

58:45
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Memory, Legacy and the Reconstruction Era: A Conversation with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Watch to examine the way the Reconstruction Era is remembered and the impact of its various legacies in contemporary society.

58:41
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New Holocaust and Human Behavior Lessons for Experienced Educators in Jewish Settings

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.

1:01:57
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Exploring Immigration: A Conversation with Journalist Sonia Nazario

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.

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Beyond Day One: The Importance of the First Week of School

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.

49:25
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Fostering Civil Discourse in Our Students

Learn effective strategies to share with your students so that during the summer they can better listen, empathize and engage in the world around them.

59:26
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World Refugee Day

Explore ways to bring World Refugee Day, observed each year on June 20, to the classroom, including new multimedia resources, strategies for understanding key terms and laws, and approaches to sparking reflection and discussion.

57:56
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Effective Teaching Strategies

Watch this webinar to hear three classroom teachers discuss teaching strategies and reflect on classroom successes and challenges.

1:01:00
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Holocaust Remembrance Day: Exploring Memory and Legacy

Join us as we consider short films, lesson ideas, and poetry through which students can learn about the Holocaust.

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Brother Outsider

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.

59:49
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Teaching Enrique's Journey

Watch this webinar to explore the young adult version of Enrique's Journey, a powerful biography, written by journalist Sonia Nazario providing insight into the realities of immigration.

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Legacies of the Reconstruction Era

Watch this webinar to learn how you can explore the legacies of the Reconstruction Era with your students.

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Teaching Farewell to Manzanar: A Memoir of Japanese Internment

Watch this webinar to explore teaching Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s powerful memoir of her family’s internment at Manzanar Internment Camp in California.

1:00:31
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Students as Changemakers: A Conversation with Mary Beth Tinker

Learn insights from educators to promote civic skills in your students.

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Teaching Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution in China

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.

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The Persistence of Hate: Exploring Contemporary Antisemitism

Explore lessons that consider the role antisemitism played at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as a case study in contemporary antisemitism.

57:43
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Eyes on the Prize in the Classroom: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement

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.

56:48
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Building a Toolbox Against Hate: Schindler’s List in the Classroom

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.

1:01:55
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A Conversation with Steven Spielberg: Using Schindler’s List in the Classroom

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.

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Teaching About the Holocaust in Middle School Classrooms: Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today

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.

59:43
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Teaching About the Holocaust in Middle School Classrooms: Teaching the Rise of the Nazis through Images

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.

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The UDHR at 70: Examining Human Rights in the World Today

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.

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Teaching About the Holocaust in Middle School Classrooms: New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior

Watch this webinar to learn how to integrate video testimonies and original mini-documentaries into your middle school classroom.

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An Introduction to Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior

Watch this webinar to learn about our self-paced workshop, Getting Started with Holocaust and Human Behavior, and how it can help you develop your own customized teaching plan informed by Facing History’s approach and our one-week unit outline.

1:03:54
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After Charlottesville: How Uncomfortable Conversations Can Overcome Hate

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.

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Transforming Schools: Empowering Student Voice and Civic Participation

Learn ways to empower students to find their voice, a framework for youth participation, and examples of civic participation.

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Student Agency After Parkland

This webinar explores the many questions faced by educators in the wake of the events in Parkland, Florida.

1:01:02
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Fostering Civil Discourse, Part I

In this first webinar of a two-part series, strategies are modeled to help teachers foster civil discourse in their classrooms.

58:07
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Fostering Civil Discourse, Part II

In this second webinar in the two-part series, successes and challenges of implementing strategies to foster civil discourse and create reflective classrooms are discussed.

52:46
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Teaching Night

This webinar explores the Teaching Night resource guide with a focus on how to use the many resources in the guide with students.

57:31
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Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today

This webinar explores some of the immediate and long-term legacies of the Holocaust and World War II.

59:21
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Teaching in a Time of Terrorism

This webinar provides support for educators to think about what and how they will teach in a time of terrorism.

53:25
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News Literacy in a Digital Age

This webinar explores ways teachers can help their students to become informed and effective civic participants in today’s digital landscape.

50:48
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Navigating Difficult Conversations: Talking About DACA and DREAMers

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.

1:00:50
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Navigating Difficult Conversations: Gender Identity

This webinar explores how to facilitate open and respectful classroom conversations about gender identity.

1:00:37
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Navigating Difficult Conversations: Building Trust

This webinar focuses on how to cultivate safe spaces for students so that open and respectful dialogue can take place in the classroom.

48:52
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New Films to Explore the Holocaust and Human Behavior

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.

1:00:23
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Teaching the Rise of the Nazis Through Images

This webinar explores how images from Holocaust and Human Behavior can be used to support students' understanding of key themes in the history of the rise of the Nazis.

1:00:11
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Fostering Civil Discourse: Teaching Kids to Respectfully Disagree

Learn strategies to support your students to develop effective skills for civic participation.

54:04
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Memphis 1968: Lessons for Today

Learn interdisciplinary teaching strategies to examine the events that brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis in 1968 through a critical lens.

1:03:32
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Identity, Race and the Classroom, Part 2

Explore frameworks for having rigorous, nuanced, and identity-safe conversations about race.

1:02:49
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Identity, Race and the Classroom , Part 1

Explore frameworks for having rigorous, nuanced, and identity-safe conversations about race.

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A New Approach to Teaching the Reconstruction Era

During this webinar, you will be introduced to teaching about the Reconstruction era using an approach that helps students connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make today.

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