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

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

Radio Rookies: Bullying

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 28, 2014

Facing History in New York, in partnership with WNYC Radio’s Radio Rookies program, helps public high school students develop digital storytelling skills through the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project. Each year, students in the program tackle complex questions about identity, race, education, and crime and violence in their communities. Using interviewing skills and multimedia tools, the students produce original visual and audio pieces. This post is the fifth in a five-part series introducing finished pieces from the Fall 2013 Rookies. Each post includes connection questions you can use in your classroom to discuss the works or to start your own project. This week: three teens look at bullying from a variety of perspectives, including professionals, students, and adults.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Video, Stereotype, School Culture, Media Skills, Neighborhood to Neighborhood, Bullying, Facing Technology

Radio Rookies: Teenage Pregnancy

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 21, 2014

Facing History in New York, in partnership with WNYC Radio’s Radio Rookies program, helps public high school students develop digital storytelling skills through the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project. Each year, students in the program tackle complex questions about identity, race, education, and crime and violence in their communities. Using interviewing skills and multimedia tools, the students produce original visual and audio pieces. On March 3, Facing History in New York will host a special after-school workshop featuring excerpts of the stories. The workshop will explore the ways that projects that feature and encourage student voices and experiences can enhance school-based approaches to important issues and meet the Common Core State Standards for Speaking & Listening. Dinner will be included and Rookie reporters who participated in the project will be present. Register today.

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Topics: Stereotype, Universe of Obligation, Media Skills, Neighborhood to Neighborhood, Facing Technology

45 Terrific Twitter Accounts for Teachers

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 19, 2014

We're so excited to be featured in My Town Tutors' list of 45 Terrific Twitter Accounts for Teachers!

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Topics: Social Media, Twitter, EdTech, Media Skills

Radio Rookies: Inside Co-location

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 14, 2014

Facing History in New York, in partnership with WNYC Radio’s Radio Rookies program, helps public high school students develop digital storytelling skills through the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project. Each year, students in the program tackle complex questions about identity, race, education, and crime and violence in their communities. Using interviewing skills and multimedia tools, the students produce original visual and audio pieces. This post is the third in a five-part series introducing finished pieces from the Fall 2013 Rookies. Each post includes connection questions you can use in your classroom to discuss the works or to start your own project. This week: two Facing History students look at life inside of a “co-located school”—a school that shares space with other schools inside of a single building. Check back next Friday when we hear from three teens about what it’s really like to face teen pregnancy. Follow along!

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Topics: Safe Schools, Video, Stereotype, School Culture, Media Skills, Neighborhood to Neighborhood, Bullying, Facing Technology

Radio Rookies: Molly & Hip Hop

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 7, 2014

Facing History in New York, in partnership with WNYC Radio’s Radio Rookies program, helps public high school students develop digital storytelling skills through the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project. Each year, students in the program tackle complex questions about identity, race, education, and crime and violence in their communities. Using interviewing skills and multimedia tools, the students produce original visual and audio pieces. This post is the second in a five-part series introducing finished pieces from the Fall 2013 Rookies. Each post includes connection questions you can use in your classroom to discuss the works or to start your own project. This week: two teenage rappers look at the frequent mentions of the drug "Molly" in hip-hop music. Check back next Friday when we look at the rise of “co-located schools”—multiple schools in a single building. Follow along!

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Topics: Safe Schools, Video, Stereotype, School Culture, Media Skills, Neighborhood to Neighborhood, Facing Technology

Fill in the Blank: “The Truth Is…”

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 6, 2014

Today, Cleveland Facing History students are getting an opportunity to share their truth - whatever it may be - on video as part of a traveling public art display.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Video, Stereotype, Universe of Obligation, School Culture, EdTech, Media Skills, Facing Technology

Radio Rookies: Education Motivation

Posted by Julia Rappaport on January 31, 2014

Facing History in New York, in partnership with WNYC Radio’s Radio Rookies program, helps public high school students develop digital storytelling skills through the Neighborhood to Neighborhood project. Each year, students in the program tackle complex questions about identity, race, education, and crime and violence in their communities. Using interviewing skills and multimedia tools, the students produce original visual and audio pieces. This post is the first in a five-part series introducing finished pieces from the Fall 2013 Rookies. Each post includes connection questions you can use in your classroom to discuss the works or to start your own project. This week: two students from West Brooklyn Community High School look at the unique approach of their school when it comes to student success. Check back next Friday when we hear from two teens who investigate drug references in rap music. Follow along!

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Topics: Safe Schools, Video, School Culture, Media Skills, Neighborhood to Neighborhood, Facing Technology

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