You are invited to honor Gene Krieger for his dedication and longstanding commitment to Facing History and Ourselves. Gene was a passionate ambassador for the program and made it his philanthropic priority.
Administrators and school officials also face a tremendous challenge as they try to create safe spaces within their schools. The first video below features a school administrator addressing a bullying incident after the fact.
When does a simple disagreement between students turn into an act of bullying? How do we recognize this shift? What can we do when this happens? These are just some of the questions that educators have about tackling the subject of bullying in a classroom environment.
The Ostracism Case Study has been used in a variety of different settings with different audiences. It provides a structure for rich discussions on bullying and ostracism, regardless of whether the audience is comprised of teachers, students, administrators, parents, or a combination of groups.
A new class at Mount Alvernia High School, a Catholic girl’s school for grades 7-12 in Newton, Massachusetts, is combining social studies with Catholic history and theology in order to help students examine difficult moments in human history and understand how their own actions can inspire tolerance and peace in their communities and around the world.
Called Catholic Social Teaching in Action, the class got its start when history teacher Jennifer Staysniak decided to try something different. When asked to teach an elective on psychology, Staysniak instead floated the idea of creating a totally new class about universal rights and important moments in history through the lens of Catholic social teachings.
Amy Biehl High School (ABHS) is a charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico that serves close to 300 students in grades 9-12. Founded in 2000, Amy Biehl High School was named after the young anti-apartheid activist, Amy Biehl, who was killed while performing service work in South Africa. ABHS’s mission focuses on imparting the values of social justice and service, as demonstrated by Amy Biehl, to its students. A founding member of the Innovative Schools Network, Amy Biehl High School uses Facing History and Ourselves in developing the mindful academic environment and school culture at ABHS.
Founded in 1896 and located in suburban Shaker Heights, Ohio, Laurel School is an independent day school for girls serving close to 650 students in grades K-12. Laurel School prides itself on its longstanding tradition of academic excellence and personalized instruction. The use of innovative, interdisciplinary, and experiential practices have helped establish Laurel as a nationally renowned college preparatory school. Laurel also focuses attention on the development of its students as motivated, compassionate, and courageous members of the school and local community. As a result, educators at Laurel School are committed to students’ academic, social, and emotional lives. For many years, Facing History and Ourselves has worked with educators at Laurel, and in 2014, Facing History became an indelible aspect of the entire school culture when Laurel joined the Innovative Schools Network.
Notre Dame High School embraces the resources of the city as an extension of the classroom. It began working with Facing History and Ourselves in 2007, and as a member of the Innovative Schools Network since 2011, have woven themes and content from Facing History into the fabric of the school.