Engages students in meaningful ways in their own learning
Classrooms are learning environments that foster mutual respect, inclusion, and enable students to listen and engage with different points of view
Curriculum is relevant to students’ lives, which increases their investment in their learning, and encourages risk-taking in the classroom
Students wrestle with challenging content while developing their own perspectives and voice
Students learn the value and necessity of participating in civic life and their role in shaping a democratic society
Engaging & Effective Learning Experiences
Facing History engages adolescents during a critical time in their development. Our classrooms integrate the study of history and literature with innovative teaching strategies. We encourage students to explore identity and human behavior, reflect on the choices they confront in their own lives today, and consider how they can make a positive difference.
Facing History & Ourselves supports teachers as they create learning environments where students know they belong and their voices matter.
Incorporate our student-centered teaching strategies with any lesson plan or academic content.
Positive Student Outcomes
English Language Arts and Social Studies educators have long understood the power of Facing History to engage students. Our impact data proves it. In a randomized controlled trial, Facing History was shown to significantly increase
- students' tolerance for others who hold different views,
- their awareness of the dangers of prejudice and antisemitism, and
- their perception of their classroom as having a positive climate
Facing History students are more civically involved than their peers and have stronger skills for analyzing history.
Centering Student Voices to Build Community and Agency
Explore approaches to centering student voice, building authentic relationships and cultivating community with Molly Josephs, the creator of This Teenage Life, a youth-driven, story-sharing podcast that started as a school club.