At Facing History, we are dedicated to teaching and learning. We want to know what's working, and what we can improve. We want our experiences to inform our future.
For more than 40 years, we have used data and reflection to create an evidence-based approach. And we are proud to report that our approach works.
Randomized controlled trials have proven that Facing History transforms students, teachers, classrooms, and schools. Our programs and resources improve:
- academic achievement
- social-emotional learning
- civic engagement
- classroom culture and more.
Adopted in 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) outlines the current standards for K-12 education in the United States. With an emphasis on promoting high-impact, evidence-based educational practices, “Evidence for ESSA” has identified Facing History as one of only a handful of programs that meet the rigorous ESSA standards for social-emotional learning in middle and high schools.
Endorsed by CASEL
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has named Facing History as one of a select group of programs that has a proven positive effect on students. These findings validate our role as a leader in social-emotional learning skills like, managing emotions, achieving positive goals, showing empathy, maintaining healthy relationships, and making responsible decisions.
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Randomized Controlled Trials
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard for examining cause-effect relationships between programs and outcomes. Two RCTs–one focused on middle school students, and one on high school students– found meaningful and significant, academic, social-emotional, and civic outcomes for those students whose teachers had participated in Facing History professional learning.
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Teachers and students who engage with Facing History resources positively contribute to their school communities. Our research validates that Facing History students were far more relationally mature, empathetic, and likely to get along with others; and teachers were far more likely to foster an inclusive learning environment where students felt safe and comfortable voicing their opinions.
Together, Facing History teachers and students raise awareness and increase empathy in their communities, creating the conditions for lasting, generational change.