Facing History Goes to SXSWedu!

Posted by Valerie Linson on March 16, 2017

“Education is the civil rights issue of our time!” proclaimed Christopher Emdin in the opening keynote to the 2017 SXSWedu Conference and Expo in Austin, Texas. “We can’t really call ourselves educators without understanding that our work is not just about teaching but about understanding the social, emotional dynamic of teaching and learning.” His proclamation drew wild applause from an audience of educators, civic leaders, and big thinkers in education.

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Topics: Journalism, Facing Ferguson, news literacy

Inside the Online World of Fake News with BuzzFeed's Craig Silverman

Posted by Stacey Perlman on March 14, 2017

Craig Silverman was studying fake news long before the world turned its attention to such a topic. In fact, he’s considered a fake news expert, now working as the media editor for BuzzFeed News. With his fingers on the pulse of a changing journalism landscape, he sees dangers and potential in the way both adults and young people absorb news and information. It’s why he’s speaking to students on March 22 for a one-hour interactive online summit, “Viral Rumors and Fact Checking,” with Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project

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Topics: Democracy, Journalism, news literacy

Today's News, Tomorrow's History: Keystone and Dakota Access Oil Pipeline Get Green Light

Posted by Monica Brady-Myerov on February 27, 2017

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History is an ongoing series with Listenwise. This series connects Facing History’s themes with today’s current events using public radio to guide and facilitate discussions around the social issues of our time. We will take a look at the construction of oil pipelines that are moving forward and the political, environmental, and economic factors involved.

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Topics: News, Journalism, Public Radio, Today's News Tomorrow's History, In the news, Listenwise

Four Ways to Celebrate Digital Learning Day with Facing History

Posted by Stacey Perlman on February 22, 2017

There’s a lot of technology out there. Much of that technology makes its way into the classroom, helping teachers bring their lessons to life and helping students learn in ways they couldn’t before. Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day, a nationwide celebration that started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live. But it’s also about how educators can learn with each other through technology.

Here are four ways you can celebrate Digital Learning Day and the role technology plays in your life.

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Topics: Online Tools, Webinars, Online Learning, Community Conversations, Journalism, Using Technology, Facing Ferguson

Today's News, Tomorrow's History: Can Racism be Outlawed?

Posted by Monica Brady-Myerov on January 31, 2017

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History is an ongoing series with Listenwise. This series connects Facing History’s themes with today’s current events using public radio to guide and facilitate discussions around the social issues of our time. We will take a look at the ways countries have tried to manage racism, especially in Brazil.

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Topics: News, Race and Membership, Journalism, Racism, Public Radio, Today's News Tomorrow's History, In the news, Listenwise

Today's News, Tomorrow's History: Fake News in the Digital Media Landscape

Posted by Monica Brady-Myerov on December 19, 2016

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History is an ongoing series with Listenwise. This series connects Facing History’s themes with today’s current events using public radio to guide and facilitate discussions around the social issues of our time. We will take a look at the presidential election and how people trust news on social media.

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Topics: News, Journalism, Public Radio, Today's News Tomorrow's History, In the news, Facing Ferguson, Listenwise, news literacy

Ferguson: Breaking Down the News

Posted by Stacey Perlman on August 2, 2016


Nearly two years ago, on August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri. News of the event swiftly spread across national media outlets and the shooting quickly became a flashpoint for a national discussion about race, policing, and justice in the United States.

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Topics: Media Skills, Journalism, current events, Facing Ferguson

How You Can Help Students See Other Viewpoints

Posted by Nelson Graves on July 11, 2016

Recent events in Baton Rouge, suburban Minneapolis, and Dallas have shown that it has never been more important for all of us to understand viewpoints that differ from our own. Official online sources can be powerful tools for developing students' perspectives, according to Nelson Graves, journalist and founder of News-Decoder.

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Topics: News, Stereotype, Journalism, Teaching Strategy, Lesson Ideas

Lynsey Addario: The World Through Her Lens

Posted by Aileen McQuillen on November 10, 2015

We are excited to welcome American photojournalist and MacArthur Genius Grant Winner, Lynsey Addario, who will be headlining our upcoming Community Conversation in Chicago on Thursday, November 12, presented in partnership with The Allstate Foundation.

The author of a New York Times best-selling memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, Addario uses her work as a photographer to record images of people and societies in conflict around the globe.

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Topics: Photography, Community Conversations, Lynsey Addario, Journalism, The Allstate Foundation

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