Award-winning filmmaker Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don't Cry, spoke to Deadline Hollywood, endorsing the work of Facing History and Ourselves and celebrating new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine. Facing History hosts the film’s Los Angeles premiere October 8 at the Pacific Design Center.
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.
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.
Three veteran social studies teachers in the Los Angeles area had some advice for new teachers including integrating strategies and resources from Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History, they wrote, is “among great web-based resources that can help you help your students to think critically about historical sources and what they find on the Internet.”
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With the release of the critically-acclaimed documentary film BULLY on DVD in February, 2013, Facing History and Ourselves has introduced updated resources to accompany the film and to help educatorsdiscuss bullying and safe school communities in the classroom.
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.
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.”
How do you teach students to become better writers, readers, and critical thinkers? How can teachers meet the Common Core State Standards while still encouraging thoughtful and rigorous classroom discussion and student work?
The Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal recently featured the 20 semifinalists of Facing History and Ourselves’ Upstander Contest, which honors outstanding educators from secondary schools across the globe. One finalist, and winner of a $5,000 grant to continue work in their community, will be announced November 20, 2012.