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Facing History, StoryCorps, and POV Host Film Screening at Los Angeles Summit for Educators

On September 28, Facing History and Ourselves in Los Angeles hosted its second annual “Every Voice Matters” summit, which drew over 150 students, parents, teachers, and administrators from fifteen schools in Facing History’s Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network. Summit participants had the opportunity to screen the new animated short film Listening is an Act of Love, which depicts six stories from StoryCorps’ innovative ten-year oral history project.  Each story reflects universal themes of identity, family, choices, and positive participation.

New Film Draws Lessons from the Death, and Life, of Matthew Shepard

It’s been 15 years since college student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and left for dead on a Wyoming prairie. Shepard was attacked because of his sexual orientation, and his story cast a global media spotlight on the issue of anti-gay hate crimes. In fall 2013 debuted their new documentary, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, with hopes to help students worldwide learn from Shepard’s death.

Facing History on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Blog

Facing History and Ourselves was highlighted on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 blog ahead of the February 28 premiere of The Bully Effect. This special documentary traces the journey of filmmaker Lee Hirsch, who spent a year in schools across the United States filming students, their families, school administrators, and community members. The resulting documentary, BULLY, offers an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.

Creating a Safe School Environment with Facing History and Ourselves

Only a few weeks into the 2012/2013 school year, high school principal Bruce Bivins noticed an unsettling change on the Academy of Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) campus.

“As soon as school started, we began seeing an unprecedented increase in bullying behavior and talk,” the Los Angeles-based principal says. “Name-calling to peers, subtle bumping in the hallways, talking back to staff, students feeling harassed on the bus.”

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