Facing History & Ourselves: Digest

September 15, 2016

Photo by Roger Mastroianni

Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide for Classroom Conversations

In the midst of a divisive United States presidential election and ongoing issues related to race, justice, and policing, educators are rightly concerned about the lessons that today’s middle and high school students might be absorbing. Our latest resource, Fostering Civil Discourse: A Guide for Classroom Conversations, provides examples of teaching strategies and resources that help create a more reflective, safe classroom environment for students.

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“Upstander” Added to Oxford Dictionaries

Facing History alumnae Sarah Decker and Monica Mahal began their petition to add the word "upstander" to the dictionary in their Watchung Hills Regional High School Facing History class more than three years ago.

This year, Oxford Dictionaries will officially add the word to the dictionary. You can also read more about the campaign in the Wall Street Journal (please note, WSJ requires a login).


A Message from Roger Brooks: Facing History at 40

Read a letter from Facing History and Ourselves' President and CEO Roger Brooks as educators across the country head back to school. "The question arises as we look at our students, our children, and young people everywhere: how do we encourage the next generation to build a world shaped by caring and knowledge, rather than prejudice and bigotry?" Read on. 

Featured Events

Outstanding professional development for educators. Thought-provoking community events. Find an event in the Chicago area or join us online!


Election Year Civics: Teaching Current & Controversial Issues 

Educator Workshop: October 6, 2016

Chicago, IL


Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age 

Educator Workshop: October 7, 2016

Chicago, IL


Immigration in a Changing World: Identity, Citizenship, and Belonging

Educator Workshop: October 19-21, 2016

Chicago, IL


Mikva Challenge: Great Electoral Race

This fall, our friends at Mikva Challenge invite students in grades 6-12 to sign up for the Great Electoral Race, an interactive digital competition in which students work in teams of 3-5 and use their favorite social media platforms to complete any of 51+ electoral challenges to earn points and win prizes. Learn more

Character Day: September 22, 2016 

Character Day is an annual global initiative where students, families, and educators around the world screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives, dive into free printed discussion materials, and join an online global conversation. Register at CharacterDay.org.

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