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? How can we help them connect the dots between the impact of ethical choices made in the past and the choices they will confront throughout their own lives? How can we help students understand that every person has the ability to make positive changes in their communities and in the world?

Our online courses address these questions, and more. Whether you’re looking for new ways to meet the Common Core in your ELA classroom, teach the civil rights movement this spring, or commemorate the Holocaust, the options below will give you access to the resources and classroom exercises you need, on own schedule, no matter where you live. Enrollment for winter online courses is open. Register today!


Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird begins February 5. This course offers fresh approach to teaching Harper Lee’s classic novel that integrates multimedia resources, historical sources, and Common Core-aligned strategies that deepen students’ understanding of the novel and illuminate fundamental questions of human behavior. Thanks to a generous grant, this seven-week online course is free with a $50 registration fee.

Holocaust and Human Behavior begins February 12. Facing History’s unique sequence of study to examine the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy, and ultimately the murder of millions of Jews and other targeted groups during the Holocaust. Explore the complexities of human behavior and topics including judgment, memory, and how individuals can make a difference in the world today.

Choices in Little Rock also begins February 12. Using a pivotal moment in the U.S. history as its foundation, this course offers powerful strategies for engaging students in issues raised by the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and their implications for today.

After participating in one of these courses, educators will have access to:

  • A free online lending library of books, videos, and other materials
  • Personalized support in implementing the program in their middle or high school classroom
  • Over 20 downloadable resource books and study guides that relate your coursework to issues in the world today
  • Lesson plans, curriculum modules, and other resources
  • Classroom speakers who inspire students

Graduate credit and scholarships are available.

As we like to say at Facing History, people make choices, and choices make history. Make sure your choices count—enroll in a Facing History online course today.

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

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