Facing History’s resources and approach offer proven civic learning practices to help teachers meet the Illinois statewide civics initiative.
Jenny Bender Berz holds a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has worked in the fields of education and psychology since 1992. From 1996 to 1998, she worked with Dennis Barr at Facing History and Ourselves to research what later became the Ostracism Incident. Currently, Jenny practices psychotherapy at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, where she also directs the Connecting with Families parent education program. In addition, Jenny has a private psychotherapy practice and enjoys family life with her husband and two children.
View information on how Facing History and Ourselves' resources align with the Massachusetts State History and Social Science Framework Content standards for US History I Topics 5, 6 and 7.
View a series of photographs by Carlos Javier Ortiz. The photos collection, “Too Young to Die”, is a long-term documentary photography project now in its fifth year that seeks to enlighten the public about the effects of youth violence on young victims, their families, and society as a whole.
View our teacher checklist for preparing to teach current events to middle and high school students. We include recommended news sources, key questions to ask yourself as you plan, and strategies for navigating emotionally difficult or complex topics.
Very few of us can now claim to have just one national or ethnic identity. Increasingly, we share some parts of our identity with people who live elsewhere. Globalization has also changed our perception of who is like us and who is different. In this section we will explore how people’s sense of belonging and identity are changing.