Julia Rappaport

Julia is Managing Editor of Communications and Social Media at Facing History. She loves young adult fiction, ice cream, and is a practicing yoga teacher.

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Four Classroom Resources to Use for Presidents’ Day

Posted by Julia Rappaport on February 10, 2015

In the United States, Presidents’ Day is celebrated Monday. The national holiday offers an opportunity for valuable discussion in the classroom about the importance—and the fragility—of democracy now and throughout history. Here are four Facing History and Ourselves resources that can help you plan an exciting lesson.

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Topics: Professional Development, Teaching Strategies, Democracy, Voting Rights, Choosing to Participate, Facing History Resources, Religious Tolerance, Teaching, Teaching Resources, History

New Documentary Explores "To Kill a Mockingbird"'s Enduring Appeal

Posted by Julia Rappaport on January 29, 2015

More than 55 years since its publication, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird still resonates. Filmmaker Sandra Jaffe grew up in Alabama, where the 1960 best-selling novel is set. In 2006, Jaffe set out to find out why the book remains so popular today.

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Classrooms, Civil Rights Movement, Film, Student Voices, Choosing to Participate, Facing History Resources, Identity, Civil Rights

Online Courses on Teaching Civil Rights and Holocaust Enrolling Now

Posted by Julia Rappaport on January 19, 2015

Issues of civil rights and religious tolerance are as relevant today as they were during the American civil rights movement in the 1960s and ’70s, and in the years before, during, and after the Holocaust. How do we make these issues relevant to young people?

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Civil Rights Movement, Professional Development, Antisemitism, Human Behavior, Common Core, Holocaust, Facing History and Ourselves, History, Facing Technology

10 Quotes from History to Inspire Empathy

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 30, 2014

The news around the world has been grim recently. During times of conflict and difficulty, we look to history and remember the inspirational words from upstanders of the past—those who shared our goal of creating a better, more informed, and more thoughtful society.

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Topics: Democracy, Choosing to Participate, Students, Human Rights, Facing History Resources, Schools, Teachers, Civil Rights, History

Our Favorite Posts From 2014

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 19, 2014

As we look back at 2014, we thought we'd share some of our favorite posts—and yours.

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Topics: Books, Choosing to Participate, Students, Schools, Identity, Memoir, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers

Facing History Welcomes New CEO Roger Brooks!

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 4, 2014

On December 1, 2014, Facing History and Ourselves welcomed Roger Brooks as our new President and CEO.

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Topics: Roger Brooks, Facing History and Ourselves

Using Survivor Testimony in the Classroom

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 2, 2014

Survivor testimonies—firsthand accounts from individuals who lived through genocide and other atrocities—help students more deeply appreciate and empathize with the human and inhuman dimensions of important moments in history. They supplement what we learn from historians and secondary sources by offering unique perspectives on the difficult and sometimes impossible situations individuals were forced to confront during moments of collective violence and injustice.

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Topics: Webinar, Antisemitism, Survivor Testimony, Experiential education, EdTech, Holocaust Education, Online Learning, Facing Technology

How You Can Impact Students Around the World With One Click

Posted by Julia Rappaport on December 1, 2014

For 38 years, Facing History and Ourselves has been empowering young people to examine complex moments in history and understand the transformative power we all possess as human beings. This Giving Tuesday, we are sharing some of the ways Facing History students and teachers around the world are making positive differences.

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Topics: Classrooms, Give, Choosing to Participate, Students, Schools, Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers

You Voted – Meet the 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest Winner!

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 20, 2014

From over 400 nominations, we selected 20 finalists from around the world for the 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest. Then you voted for the educator whose story and work inspired you most.

Today we are so thrilled to introduce you to our 2014 Facing History Together Teacher Recognition Contest winner Hayden Frederick-Clarke, the founding math teacher at Diploma Plus, a small learning community at Charlestown High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Frederick-Clarke will receive a $5,000 teaching grant to benefit his school and community, and to further his work as a great educator.

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Topics: Classrooms, Boston, Contests, Choosing to Participate, Teaching, Schools, Identity, Facing History Together, Upstanders, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers

The Politics of Civil Rights

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 15, 2014

Next week marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy. We can explore his legacy by examining the Kennedy administration's responses to the civil rights movement, and how these responses changed over time.

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Books, Film, Democracy, Facing History Resources, Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Resources, Civil Rights, History

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