An Armenian Education

Posted by Elizabeth Ray on November 28, 2014

Each year, Facing History and Ourselves and Knights and Daughters of Vartan host an annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration Essay Contest. In 2014, the contest asked high school and college students across the United States to respond to the question, “On the threshold of the 100th anniversary, how should the world recognize the Armenian Genocide?” This essay, from Facing History student Elizabeth Ray, took second place. It was reprinted with Elizabeth's permission.

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Topics: Student Voices, Online Workshop, Choosing to Participate, Armenian Genocide, Facing History Resources, Teaching, Facing History Together, Genocide/Collective Violence, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Resources, History

You Voted – Meet the 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest Winner!

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 20, 2014

From over 400 nominations, we selected 20 finalists from around the world for the 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest. Then you voted for the educator whose story and work inspired you most.

Today we are so thrilled to introduce you to our 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest winner Hayden Frederick-Clarke, the founding math teacher at Diploma Plus, a small learning community at Charlestown High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Frederick-Clarke will receive a $5,000 teaching grant to benefit his school and community, and to further his work as a great educator.

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Topics: Classrooms, Boston, Contests, Choosing to Participate, Teaching, Schools, Identity, Facing History Together, Upstanders, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers

Unlocking Potential for Student Achievement

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 10, 2014

Teachers have to create this emotional space where it’s safe, but challenging. Where people can be themselves. Where people can take chances and fail. Where people can tell stories about themselves and reveal things about themselves without risk of derision, without fear of being marginalized. Without safety there is nothing, there is no learning.”

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Topics: Classrooms, Choosing to Participate, Events, Safe Schools, Schools, Memphis, Identity, Facing History Together, Upstanders, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers, Video

Honoring Upstanders

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 6, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves in New York is celebrating its 21st annual benefit dinner tonight, and honoring individuals who are making a difference in their communities, and in the world, by speaking out against injustice and creating meaningful change.
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Topics: Classrooms, Student Voices, Choosing to Participate, Events, Human Rights, New York, Facing History Together, Upstanders, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers

Facing History Community Mourns Loss of Holocaust Survivor and Friend Dr. Maurice “Ries” Vanderpol

Posted by Julia Rappaport on October 21, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves is saddened to note the passing of longtime friend, mentor, and Facing History supporter Dr. Maurice "Ries" Vanderpol. Ries, as his friends and family called him, died on October 19, 2014.

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Topics: News, Facing History Together, Holocaust, Facing History and Ourselves, Survivor Testimony, Video

40 Years Later: The Legacy of Boston Busing

Posted by Jocelyn Stanton on October 15, 2014

What does it mean to face history in your own community? And how do you teach a history in a community where its legacies are still unfolding?

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Topics: Classrooms, Teaching Strategies, Events, Facing History Resources, Safe Schools, Teaching, Schools, Identity, Facing History Together, Race and Membership, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Resources, Teachers, Civil Rights, History

Memory and Legacy: Matthew Shepard, 16 Years Later

Posted by Michele Josue on October 12, 2014

Sixteen years ago this month, on the night of October 6, 1998, two young men robbed, kidnapped, and tortured a young man named Matthew Shepard simply because he was gay.

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Topics: Classrooms, Film, Bullying and Ostracism, Choosing to Participate, Human Rights, Safe Schools, Identity, Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves

Can One Teacher Change Your Life?

Posted by Julia Rappaport on October 1, 2014

For decades, students, parents, volunteers, and community members have been inspired by their Facing History and Ourselves encounters – whether in the classroom, at public and private events in-person or online, or through any of the teachers or alumni who talk about their transformative experiences from bystander to upstander.

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Topics: Classrooms, Contests, Choosing to Participate, Teaching, Schools, Facing History Together, Upstanders, Teachers

Understanding My Polish Identity: A Facing History Alumni Story

Posted by Alicja Gancarz on September 16, 2014

Before I talk about my experience as a Facing History and Ourselves student, I need to tell my story. It is my story, I believe, that led me to take Facing History in the first place.

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Topics: English Language Arts, Student Voices, Choosing to Participate, Identity, Facing History Together, Holocaust, Genocide/Collective Violence, History

Choosing to Participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Daniel Braunfeld on September 12, 2014

As any Facing History teacher will tell you, many of our lessons begin with stories of identity. To introduce identity, and to start thinking about the various aspects that make up our own identities, we often use an Identity Chart teaching strategy.

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Topics: Back-To-School, Student Voices, Choosing to Participate, Teaching, Identity, Facing History Together, Race and Membership

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