Facing History was recently recommended as a proven social-emotional learning (SEL) program.
New York State's Teacher of the Year, high school history teacher Alhassan Susso, wants us to let go: “If we hold on to our history, we do it at the expense of our destiny.”
In 2010 Facing History launched the Digital Media Innovation Network (DMIN), establishing a cohort of staff and educators from Facing History’s nine North American offices and partner projects overseas who together explore and pilot digital resources as tools in teaching and learning.
There are many ways that we can bring history alive – through personal testimony from the people who lived through different moments in history, letters and diaries, newspaper clippings and cartoons, audio (music, speeches, radio interviews, podcasts), through film, and more.
My students are immigrants from over 40 different countries. Often, they have recently arrived to the United States, and are thrust into a new city, a new language, and a new culture. They live with caregivers they either have never met before or haven’t seen in years and live in less than ideal conditions. With this life experience, they bring a worldview that is often wise beyond their years. Many of them know what it means to be a victim or live under an oppressive regime where they have no voice. And many are taking great risks and experience great loss.
In March, the Beacon Academy Class of 2014 took a trip to Washington, D.C. with the Close Up Foundation.