Talking to Students About Ferguson

Posted by Mary Hendra on November 25, 2014

As a teacher, you carefully prepare for your students, plan your lessons, develop curriculum that will meet expectations of administrators, engage students, and build critical skills for academic success. And then, there are the news items – local or global – that capture students’ hearts and minds

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Topics: Classrooms, Facing History Resources, Safe Schools, Teaching, News, Identity, Race and Membership, Teachers, Civil Rights

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

Creating Safe Classrooms: Resources for UK National Anti-Bullying Week

Posted by Julia Rappaport on October 27, 2014

National Anti-Bullying Week takes place in the United Kingdom 17th to 21st of November. This year's theme is "let's stop bullying for all."

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Topics: Classrooms, United Kingdom, Webinar, Online Tools, Professional Development, Film, Teaching Strategies, Bullying and Ostracism, Choosing to Participate, Human Behavior, Human Rights, Facing History Resources, Safe Schools, Teaching, Schools, Identity, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Resources

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 Great Teaching be Taught?

Posted by Stacy Abramson on September 4, 2014

We've all had great teachers – teachers who have opened our eyes, changed the way we see the world, how we see each other, and how we see ourselves. What makes a great teacher?

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Topics: Classrooms, Books, Events, New York, Safe Schools, Teaching

What Happens To a School When One Student Shares His Story

Posted by Julia Rappaport on June 25, 2014

It was the personal stories from difficult moments in history that captured Skyler Edge’s attention in his 10th grade Facing History and Ourselves class at Facing History New Tech high school in Cleveland.

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Topics: Cleveland, Student Voices, Choosing to Participate, Human Behavior, Human Rights, Safe Schools, Identity

How One School Stands Up to Cyberbullying

Posted by Julia Rappaport on June 5, 2014

Bullying—repeated aggressive behavior with an intent to hurt another person physically, socially, or mentally—is characterized by an imbalance of power between an instigator and a victim. As classroom educators, we know that bullying takes place in many places, from classrooms to online settings.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Choosing to Participate, Safe Schools, Facing History and Ourselves, Video, Social Media, Stereotype, Universe of Obligation, School Culture, Cyberbullying, Bullying, Facing Technology

The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board: 5 Resources That Look at the History and Legacy

Posted by Julia Rappaport on May 16, 2014

60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education that separate schools for black and white children were not and could never be equal. Check out these five resources to learn more about this moment in history and its legacy today.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Facing History and Ourselves, Video, Civil Rights, School Culture, Facing Technology

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

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