5 Remote-Friendly Teaching Strategies to Deepen Empathy

Posted by Kaitlin Smith on December 15, 2020

During Universal Human Rights Month this December and every month, optimizing classroom activities to foster learning and caring about global human rights is a crucial task of modern educators. For all of the vital information that is available about histories of struggles for human rights and coverage of ongoing struggles, teaching this material demands parallel attention to deepening our capacities for empathy and perspective taking. Based on a bedrock of social-emotional learning (SEL) methodology, Facing History offers these 5 remote-friendly teaching strategies to aid thoughtful teaching in remote and mixed learning environments:

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Topics: Online Learning, Empathy

Teacher Roundtable: Remote Instruction

Posted by Kaitlin Smith on September 3, 2020

In three parallel interviews, I had the opportunity to speak with three Facing History educators from public and private schools about their institution’s move to remote instruction this fall. Their roles encompass teacher and school leadership functions, and all are now exploring what the coming months will look like in the virtual classroom. Plans to implement remote instruction have been provoking challenging questions, concerns, and bold visions for the future of education beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how each of these educators is navigating the return to school below:

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Topics: Back-To-School, Teaching, Online Learning

Teacher Roundtable on Hybrid Instruction

Posted by Kaitlin Smith on August 26, 2020

In three parallel interviews, I had the opportunity to speak with three Facing History educators from middle and high schools located on the East Coast of the United States. They range in experience level from new to veteran and work in schools large and small. Each is planning to return to work this fall in a hybrid format in which they will deliver some instruction remotely and the rest in person in a classroom. Plans to implement hybrid modes of instruction have been provoking immense questions, concerns, and even expansive visions for the future of education beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how each of these educators is navigating the return to school below:

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Topics: Back-To-School, Online Learning

Taking School Online: A Teacher Checklist

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves on March 23, 2020

The public health crisis posed by the COVID-19 outbreak has many schools rapidly shifting to online and distance learning. In these schools, educators are navigating new technologies and ways of teaching during an immensely challenging and uncertain time in our communities, when students’ (and teachers’ own) social-emotional needs are just as critical as academic goals. The resources below are designed to help teachers approach online learning with a focus on sustaining community, supporting students, and creating engaging, meaningful learning experiences. 

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Topics: Online Learning

Six Webinars You Need Now to Navigate Current Events in Your Classroom

Posted by KC Kourtz on September 13, 2017

From Charlottesville to the announcement on DACA, there’s already a lot to talk about at the start of the school year. To create a safe and inclusive learning environment, you need to feel supported as a teacher. We’re offering a full slate of webinars that can help you feel prepared and ready to tackle challenging current events and difficult histories like the Holocaust. Check out these six webinars that will do just that for you.

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Topics: Online Learning

Four Ways to Celebrate Digital Learning Day with Facing History

Posted by Stacey Perlman on February 22, 2017

There’s a lot of technology out there. Much of that technology makes its way into the classroom, helping teachers bring their lessons to life and helping students learn in ways they couldn’t before. Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day, a nationwide celebration that started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live. But it’s also about how educators can learn with each other through technology.

Here are four ways you can celebrate Digital Learning Day and the role technology plays in your life.

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Topics: Online Tools, Webinars, Online Learning, Community Conversations, Journalism, Using Technology, Facing Ferguson

Connecting to Online Learning

Posted by Stacey Perlman on August 25, 2016

Summer schedules quickly fill up and before you know it, fall is here. Those workshops you planned on signing up for or those seminars you meant to attend in advance of the new school year - they might not have happened. But that's okay. Facing History and Ourselves is gearing up to offer some great professional development opportunities this fall to help educators add to their teaching toolbox, gain new perspectives, and connect with their peers about different teaching strategies. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Online Learning

Three Online Tools to Shake Up Your Classroom

Posted by Caitlin Corrieri on June 1, 2016

In the spring of 2015, I took the online course "Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird." It was the first time I was reading To Kill a Mockingbird with my 8th grade students and I was looking for support to help me teach such an important text. What I gained from the course was so much more than I could’ve imagined. I received access to primary sources to illustrate the realities of the Jim Crow South; I participated as a learner in activities that I later assigned to my students; and I  learned about virtual resources I could implement in multiple lessons and units.  

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Topics: Online Tools, Professional Development, Teaching Resources, Online Learning, Zaption

The Evolution of Salvaged Pages

Posted by Alexandra Zapruder on May 9, 2016


*This post was adapted from the Preface to the Second Edition of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust.

When Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust was published in 2002, I expected that it would have a typical life span, generating some interest for a while and then tapering off. And then, something unexpected happened. Teachers, organizers of educators’ conferences, and Jewish community leaders who organized local Holocaust education wanted me to show teachers how to use Salvaged Pages in the classroom, and how it could complement instruction on Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. Salvaged Pages gradually developed into an educational tool over the next decade.

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Topics: Webinar, Professional Development, Teaching Resources, Holocaust Education, Online Learning, Salvaged Pages

Why Online Learning Matters: A Q&A with Dr. Sybil Hampton

Posted by Stacey Perlman on January 20, 2016

For the past three years, Dr. Sybil Hampton has been featured as a guest speaker for Facing History and Ourselves’ online course, “Choices in Little Rock.” Her experience as one of the first African American students to graduate from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1962 makes her a witness to history. She shares her reflections on why she chooses to participate in Facing History’s online professional development courses.

Register today! Our online courses start on February 4.

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Webinar, Professional Development, Civil Rights, Online Learning

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