Use These Four Tips to Welcome New Students Into Your Classroom

Posted by Stacey Perlman on August 2, 2017

Classrooms are meant to be safe spaces for students to learn new lessons, share their thoughts, and understand the world around them. This can be challenging for new studentsparticularly those from different countriesbut it’s essential to students' academic and personal growth to feel included and valued. Creating a welcoming environment can take a little extra work, but it’s possible and there are small, easy ways to do it. 

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Topics: Immigration, Safe Schools, School Culture

Four Tips to Welcome New Students

Posted by Stacey Perlman on August 4, 2016

Classrooms are meant to be safe spaces for students to learn new lessons, share their thoughts, and understand the world around them. This can be challenging for new students - particularly those from different countries - but it’s essential to students' academic and personal growth to feel included and valued. Creating a welcoming environment can take a little extra work, but it’s possible and there are small, easy ways to do it. 

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Topics: Immigration, Safe Schools, School Culture

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

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

Turning "We and They" into "Us"

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 19, 2013

In this new video, psychologist Deborah Plummer describes what she calls a "transracial society": "All of us inhabiting the earth [together]." Do we live in a transracial society today? Plummer says no, but offers ideas on how we can get there:

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Topics: Safe Schools, Holocaust and Human Behavior, School Culture, Media Skills, Critical Thinking

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