10 Years of Inspirational Teachers and MSS Innovation Awards

Posted by Stacey Perlman on October 17, 2016

For 10 years, the Margot Stern Strom Innovation Awards have supported Facing History educators who want to bring their ideas for classroom projects to life. We’re excited to announce the chance to apply for a 2017 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Award. The 2017 awards  will be based on themes generated from our upcoming global online "game for social change,"  Face the Future, which explores empathy and civic participation. In partnership with the Institute for the Future, this game will allow students, educators, and community members to imagine what a better future might look like in 2026. It  will take place over the course of 30 hours on November 13–14, 2016. 

Make sure to sign up for Face the Future and stay tuned to hear the themes for the 2017 MSS Innovation Awards! In the meantime, take a look back at three previous award winners for inspiration!

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Topics: Innovative Classrooms, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

30 Top EdTech Resources of 2014

Posted by KC Kourtz on December 16, 2014

Common Sense Education's Graphite site has named Facing History and Ourselves among its 30 best EdTech resources of 2014!
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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, Social Media, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Online Learning, Facing Technology

Why Developing Critical Listening Skills Matters

Posted by Miriam Morgenstern on July 2, 2014

As a Facing History-trained teacher, I strive to consistently integrate authentic voices in the classroom through survivor testimony. My students have heard my mantra many times: The greatest gift you can give another person is to listen to his/her story.

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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology, Listenwise

Facing Today Blogger's School Wins Excellence in Innovation Award!

Posted by Julia Rappaport on June 11, 2014

Congrats to Beacon Academy, an in-depth Facing History school, on its Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2014 Excellence in Innovation Award! Beacon Academy's associate head of school, Mervan Osborn, is a regular contributor to FAcing Today as well as a 2013 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant winner.

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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Beacon Academy, Facing Technology

Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant Recipients Announced!

Posted by KC Kourtz on May 28, 2014

This week Facing History announced the recipients of its annual Margot Stern Strom Innovation Awards, which grew out of a teaching award established in 2006 to recognize Facing History-trained educators who are thinking outside-the-box to transform schools and impact student learning.

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Topics: Professional Development, Facing History and Ourselves, Social Media, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Online Learning, Facing Technology

Facing History, Facing Ourselves in Washington, D.C: A Class Trip

Posted by Mervan Osborne on April 17, 2014

In March, the Beacon Academy Class of 2014 took a trip to Washington, D.C. with the Close Up Foundation. Over the course of four days, 19 students from the class of 2014 had the opportunity to explore the most important sights in the city – places that gave us the chance to think, reflect, and learn about the United States’ democratic ideals and historical realities.

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Topics: Facing History and Ourselves, Experiential education, EdTech, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Museum Studies, Beacon Academy, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

The Sephardim in the Balkans

Posted by Andrew Buchanan on February 4, 2014

I have always been fascinated by the Balkan region of Southern Europe. Comprised of countries including Greece, Albania, Turkey, Romania, and more, and with people of countless religions and languages, the area is rarely studied in-depth in most high schools, and yet provides a rich cultural and historical case study. This year, with support from a Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grant, I set out to develop a multimedia, project-based learning tool for use in schools that explores the history of the Balkans and how this history helps us to understand European culture and identity today.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Greece, Innovative Classrooms, Holocaust Education

Upcycling Upstanders

Posted by Eran DeSilva on January 24, 2014

It’s one thing to talk about trends. It’s another thing to learn about them, to experience them firsthand, and to understand how your own choices and actions can impact what a trend looks like.

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Topics: Art, Choosing to Participate, Innovative Classrooms

Nazi Art Discovered: Leading Classroom Discussions on the Role of Art in Nazi Germany

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 15, 2013

Last week, news broke about the discovery of 1,500 pieces of artwork – art that Nazis had confiscated during World War II. Found in a Munich apartment, the paintings included works by artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall, among others.

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Topics: Art, Video, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Museum Studies, Holocaust Education, Online Learning, Restorative Justice, Flipped Classroom

Making A “Case” for History

Posted by Rob Flosman on October 25, 2013

I begin each year of my teaching with one hope: to inspire my students with history. I want to help our students become the keepers of history in our community. I want them to not only learn the history, but to live it and work in it. Educators – and schools, communities, and parents –do many things to help our students become active learners of history. Among the things I’m trying this year is building a mini-museum inside my Grade 11 Genocide classroom at Waterdown District High School in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Topics: Art, Canada, Innovative Classrooms, Museum Studies, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants


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