Facing History classrooms are brave and engaging learning environments that inspire students to participate in civic life.
Students are the center of every Facing History classroom. Our curriculum, designed for use in middle and high schools, is challenging and meaningful. Facing History works because we engage the mind, heart, and conscience of young people during a critical time in their moral development. Our approach promotes trust, collaboration, participation and academic skill development.
In Facing History classrooms, students study challenging historical and current events, analyze primary sources, and read compelling literature and text. They develop skills that help them think critically, grow emotionally, act ethically, and participate in democracy and civic life.
A Look into the Classroom
See students engaged in their learning and hear them talk about how their Facing History classroom experience has helped them become more thoughtful civic participants and Upstanders in their communities.
The way Facing History works, it’s not just the teacher giving you information, it’s the teacher doing hands on activities and working with you. I’m grateful that I have an environment where I can actually have a conversation or start a conversation with a group of students and have them be passionate about it as well.
Ruby G., Facing History student
In Facing History classrooms, students don’t just learn how to use their voices, they build the skills they need to engage in difficult discussions and make empathetic, informed choices that will shape their future.
83% of Facing History partner school students agreed that they have at least one teacher who cares about them and helps them.
77% of students agree that their Facing History course increased their capacity to stand up for what they believe in, even when others disagree.
One of the first steps to building a Facing History classroom community is establishing shared expectations about how classroom members will treat each other by creating a classroom contract.
Women’s History Month not only provides the opportunity to further examine the profound ways in which women teachers, and broader perceptions of women, have shaped the teaching profession itself, but also reveals areas of patriarchal rhetoric we must disrupt in order to cultivate school communities that do right by teachers and students.
The world of podcasting offers a platform for marginalized peoples to share their stories that would otherwise go unheard. Facing History provides five podcasts produced by Native American individuals dedicated to fostering healing within their own communities through the process of telling their stories and sharing their insights.
With the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) currently taking place, Facing History hand-selected a curated list of conference events that speak to the Indigenous ways of conceiving of the natural world and its relationship to humanity.
During American Archives Month this October, Facing History wants to highlight the importance of primary sources to our pedagogical approach by offering five time-tested teaching strategies designed to incorporate analysis of primary sources into educator lesson plans.
In order for educators to ensure that LGBTQIA+ histories get their due in the classroom all year long, Facing History provides five reads that reflect on evolving ways of narrating the past, while centering underacknowledged narratives and protagonists who may not have been considered appropriate historical subjects in prior eras.
In honor of LGTBQ History Month, Facing History provides a list of ten documentary films and television series for an opportunity to gain knowledge of LGBTQIA+ histories and for educators to ensure these histories are addressed in the classroom.
5 New Books on Native American History, Life, and Resistance
In honor of Native American Heritage Month this November, Facing History staff members selected five new books exploring significant thematic grounds of Native American history and identity to highlight the importance of engaging students in exploring the histories and contemporary realities of Native American peoples beyond this month.
In honor of Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, Facing History takes the opportunity to remember the pain, suffering, and loss sustained by the victims of the Holocaust, their families, and the generations that have followed them.
Earth Day grants educators the opportunity to consider the ecological issues facing the planet and the unique ways that they are impacting the young people in their classrooms, which both elevates youth activism surrounding the issue and provides a healthy environment to process "ecological grief."
How to Build an Affirming Classroom in the Face of Anti-Trans Legislation
In response to the rise of legislation targeting transgender people, Facing History provides resources for educators to build an affirming, welcoming class community for your students, especially trans and non-binary students.
In response to the outpouring of discussion and debate following President Biden’s statement that Russia’s ongoing assault on Ukraine constitutes genocide, Facing History provides five reads to address crucial questions educators and their students may be asking.