How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do: An Introduction to Stereotype Threat

Posted by Julia Rappaport on November 7, 2013

"Stereotypes are one way by which history affects present life," social psychologist Claude Steele says in this video about the history of stereotypes and how negative stereotypes impact us today.

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

Dual Narrative History - We need help over here...

Posted by Richard Hargy on October 2, 2013

Although Northern Ireland is a much more peaceful place to live; the sinister fragments of the Troubles have left a terrible legacy. I despair at the countless number of students leaving school with pitiful knowledge and slanted interpretations of their country’s turbulent past. This problem is exacerbated when you consider that a new generation of children are growing up having their identity narrowly defined by the political and sectarian conditions that festered here during the Troubles.

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Topics: Innovative Classrooms, Decision-making, Northern Ireland, Critical Thinking

What Do Theatre, Facing History, and Identity Issues Have in Common?

Posted by Jeremy Landa on September 30, 2013

Theatre and social studies are a natural marriage. At least, I’ve grown to feel that way by getting the opportunity to work with Christi Sargent, the theatre lead teacher at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School (Co-op) located in New Haven, CT. Through the collaboration we have done, we are working to build a blended model (not technological driven blended learning) of learning. Mostly, we are hoping that students can use principles of sociology and principles of theatre to understand that their voice matters.

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Topics: Art, Choosing to Participate, Safe Schools, School Culture, Innovative Classrooms, Critical Thinking, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

This is America, Speak English

Posted by Julia Rappaport on September 10, 2013

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.

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Topics: School Culture, Media Skills, Neighborhood to Neighborhood, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Moving Beyond the Zimmerman Verdict: Questions for Starting A Constructive Dialogue

Posted by Julia Rappaport on July 24, 2013

At Facing History, we spend a lot of time thinking about the questions, actions, and choices people worldwide made in the aftermath of violent events throughout history – events ranging from the Armenian Genocide to the Holocaust to the American civil rights movement. This exploration of historical events allows us to both investigate the complexity of the events as well as reflect upon connections to ourselves and today with a grounding of historical understanding.

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Topics: Safe Schools, School Culture, Critical Thinking

The Importance of Not Knowing

Posted by KC Kourtz on May 29, 2013

This week we are featuring a blog post from our "sister" blog, the  Learn + Teach + Share. This was originally posted there on May 29, 2013.

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Topics: Antisemitism, Choosing to Participate, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Glogging with Facing History and Ourselves

Posted by KC Kourtz on May 9, 2013

This post, by educator Michael Grover, appeared originally on our sister blog, Facing Canada.

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Topics: Professional Development, Social Media, Media Skills, DMIN, Online Learning, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Looking for Truth On the Internet

Posted by Daniel Braunfeld on April 30, 2013

I believe “truth” is a very noble goal.

Speaking to realities, acknowledging someone’s experience, debunking myths – I believe that being truthful, and seeking the truth, are defining parts of my identity.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Social Media, Media Skills, Bullying, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Tech and the (Facing History) Classroom

Posted by KC Kourtz on March 18, 2013

This week a colleague of mine, Mary Hendra, shared with me an interesting article from In it, author Joan Flaherty discusses the gap she perceives between herself, a non-digital “native,” and her students, members of the so-called “millennial generation,” a group that has grown up with digital technology.

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Topics: Professional Development, Antisemitism, Social Media, School Culture, Media Skills, DMIN, Online Learning, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

Teachers' Perspectives on the Digital Divide

Posted by Justin Reich on March 7, 2013

The Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project continually delivers fascinating, high-quality research products. Their most recent study of teachers and technology surveyed several thousands teachers involved in Advanced Placement classes and the National Writing Project; they call them "leading edge" teachers. For me, the most interesting part of the report digs deeply into issues of technology and equity. One set of highlights includes these findings:

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Topics: Professional Development, Digital Divide, School Culture, Critical Thinking, Facing Technology

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