Facing History classrooms are brave and engaging learning environments that inspire students to participate in civic life.
Students are the center of every Facing History classroom. Our curriculum, designed for use in middle and high schools, is challenging and meaningful. Facing History works because we engage the mind, heart, and conscience of young people during a critical time in their moral development. Our approach promotes trust, collaboration, participation and academic skill development.
In Facing History classrooms, students study challenging historical and current events, analyze primary sources, and read compelling literature and text. They develop skills that help them think critically, grow emotionally, act ethically, and participate in democracy and civic life.
A Look into the Classroom
See students engaged in their learning and hear them talk about how their Facing History classroom experience has helped them become more thoughtful civic participants and Upstanders in their communities.
The way Facing History works, it’s not just the teacher giving you information, it’s the teacher doing hands on activities and working with you. I’m grateful that I have an environment where I can actually have a conversation or start a conversation with a group of students and have them be passionate about it as well.
Ruby G., Facing History student
In Facing History classrooms, students don’t just learn how to use their voices, they build the skills they need to engage in difficult discussions and make empathetic, informed choices that will shape their future.
83% of Facing History partner school students agreed that they have at least one teacher who cares about them and helps them.
77% of students agree that their Facing History course increased their capacity to stand up for what they believe in, even when others disagree.
One of the first steps to building a Facing History classroom community is establishing shared expectations about how classroom members will treat each other by creating a classroom contract.
In honor of Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, Facing History takes the opportunity to remember the pain, suffering, and loss sustained by the victims of the Holocaust, their families, and the generations that have followed them.
Earth Day grants educators the opportunity to consider the ecological issues facing the planet and the unique ways that they are impacting the young people in their classrooms, which both elevates youth activism surrounding the issue and provides a healthy environment to process "ecological grief."
How to Build an Affirming Classroom in the Face of Anti-Trans Legislation
In response to the rise of legislation targeting transgender people, Facing History provides resources for educators to build an affirming, welcoming class community for your students, especially trans and non-binary students.
In response to the outpouring of discussion and debate following President Biden’s statement that Russia’s ongoing assault on Ukraine constitutes genocide, Facing History provides five reads to address crucial questions educators and their students may be asking.
Facing History grants educators the opportunity to take advantage of five virtual tours, exhibitions, and professional development resources to navigate the challenges that arise when teaching about genocide.
Facing History identifies six books that elevate understudied aspects of multiple historical genocides and the connections between them to aid efforts of genocide prevention within a global climate of rising hate.
In accordance with Genocide Awareness Month, Facing History offers nine classroom resources educators can utilize to help their students think critically about the specific historical and contemporary conditions under which genocides occurred to effectively unite head, heart, and conscience.