Explorations: Building Learning Communities through SEL, Equity, and Civic Education

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May 19, 2021 to May 20, 2021
Explorations Workshop: Introducing Facing History

This two-day workshop takes place on Zoom.
May 19 - 20, 2021
11 am – 4 pm (ET)
10 am – 3 pm (CT)
9 am – 2 pm (MT)
8 am – 1 pm (PT)

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Explorations: Building Learning Communities through SEL, Equity, and Civic Education

Schools are the foundation of just and democratic societies. Fulfilling their civic mission depends on educators’ ability to integrate academics, civic learning, and social-emotional development in classrooms that are inclusive, equitable, and engaging for all students. This spring join us for our new two-day online “Explorations” workshops and learn how Facing History and Ourselves supports educators to do this essential work.

Designed especially for teams, these Explorations will introduce you to Facing History’s programs and approach to SEL, equity, and civic education. Plus, we’ll share resources to help educational leaders foster more equitable mindsets and learn about effective practices for addressing the impact historic legacies of injustice have on their school communities. Together, we’ll explore how understanding ourselves, understanding students, understanding history, and understanding learning can empower educators as change agents.

We invite schools and districts to gather a design team of 4-6 stakeholders, including school leaders and administrators, classroom teachers, guidance counselors or social workers to participate in the workshop. School leaders may also choose to attend on their own.

Workshop participants will develop their capacity to:

  • Deepen a Sense of Purpose: Educators will deepen their sense of purpose and their appreciation of the role of education in democratic and just societies.
  • Nurture Relationships: Educators will understand that building positive,  identity-affirming relationships with fellow educators, staff, and students is foundational to learning.
  • Cultivate Equity Mindsets: Educators will engage in self-reflection about their identity and practice, including developing consciousness of how power and bias shape teaching, learning, and other structures within schools, such as discipline and tracking. 
  • Center Students: Educators will learn approaches to creating student-centered classes that are relevant, reflective, and affirming. 
  • Embrace Continuous Learning: Educators will understand that the practice of good teaching involves lifelong learning and will feel empowered to create and sustain a culture of personal and professional growth in schools. 

After the workshop, a  program staff member from Facing History & Ourselves will meet with the school or district teams to explore options for partnership, including professional learning, social studies and English language arts curriculum, and resources to support positive school climate and culture.


Who should take this workshop: School or District Teams made up of middle school and high school teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, and/or other school leaders.

Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this online workshop have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History & Ourselves donors and partner organizations.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET (see in your time zone)

Thursday, May 20, 2021: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET (see in your time zone)

Time Commitment: 2 days, approximately 4.5 hours per day (plus some breaks) 

Format: Facilitated Zoom meetings with workshop materials in Canvas

Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the workshop, for 9 professional development hours.

May 19, 2021 - May 20, 2021
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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