Creating Safe, Engaged Schools: Facing History and Ourselves Los Angeles Expansion

submission by lizvogel

About Your Organization

Organization name(s):

Facing History and Ourselves

Organization website:

www.facinghistory.org

Organization Twitter handle:

www.twitter.com/FacingHistory

Organization Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/FacingHistory

Organization Instagram:

www.instagram.com/FacingHistory

Describe your organization (check only one):

Nonprofit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Individual

Please describe yourself (check only one):

Solo actor (just us on this project!)

Proposed collaboration (we want to work with partners!)

Collaboration (partners are signed up and ready to hit the ground running!)

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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Facing History and Ourselves empowers students to make a difference by connecting Upstander behavior in history to their own choices.

In one sentence, please describe your idea or project.

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Our LA Partnership Schools Network will connect 500 teachers and 12,000 students as they lead the way in creating safe, engaged schools.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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People make choices. Choices make history. @FacingHistory activates #empathy & empowers student #Upstanders across #LosAngeles.

Does your project impact Los Angeles County? Check only one.

Yes (benefits all of LA County)

Yes (benefits a region of LA County)

Yes (benefits a population of LA County)

No

Which area(s) of LA does your project benefit? Check all that apply.

Central LA

East LA

South LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South Bay

Westside

Other:

What is your idea/project in more detail?

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Facing History and Ourselves is poised to scale its Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network, a highly successful pilot serving a critical need among underserved schools to create safe, inclusive environments of empathy and respect that activate students’ sense that their choices matter, and that they can make a difference in their communities. We currently partner with 21 urban middle and high schools across LA, integrating Facing History across grade levels and disciplines, and convening to share ideas and challenges. Our proven method increases teacher effectiveness, improves student engagement and school climate, and ultimately, leads to whole school change. Our goal is to add 10 new schools serving 12,000 new students next year.

What will you do to implement this idea/project?

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Facing History reaches students through their teachers, providing professional development (PD) to help middle and high school educators explore issues such as discrimination, stereotyping, and the importance of civic participation through curriculum-based critical analysis of historical case studies. Facing History’s PD includes workshops, seminars, classroom resources, and on-going follow-up services. In-depth training introduces teachers to topics such as the steps that led to the Holocaust, race and membership in American history, the Armenian Genocide, and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. This training, paired with individualized coaching and follow-up support, prepares educators to use these case studies to engage students around the importance of civic participation.

Through their Facing History classes, students at these schools learn to make connections (not simple comparisons) to self, society, and other events in history. They make meaning of history by examining primary and secondary sources; apply lessons they have learned to current issues and think deeply about what they are reading, hearing, and seeing, all within the emerging civic space of their classroom. Students often reflect on their Facing History experience as the first time that school was relevant to their lives. By connecting the dots, they begin to understand that their choices matter.

Through Facing History’s unique school partnership model, Facing History staff members work closely with faculty throughout the year to integrate our program across grade levels and disciplines, and to create school community events to address school climate, including strong student and parent participation. Facing History conducts three events per year for the Partnership Network, to which each school sends a cohort of students, teachers, administrators and parents to share best practices, discuss issues in urban education, and continue learning about Facing History’s resources. This model brings multiple stakeholders together from different schools on a regular basis to foster community-wide engagement in a local context.

HOW WILL YOUR IDEA/PROJECT HELP MAKE LA THE BEST PLACE TO LEARN TODAY? IN 2050?

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The educator’s most important task—to shape a humane, well-educated citizenry— has never been more vital to sustain civil society, democratic values, and human rights than it is today. Yet education on the whole seems to be failing in this task; the reality for urban schools is particularly bleak:

• High school graduation rates In Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) hover around 66%.
• More than half of all new teachers in the U.S. leave the profession during their first five years. This high turnover undermines the educational system, as teaching expertise is developed over years of practice and improvement.
• Teachers find themselves ill-equipped to foster safe environments that support learning.

The Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network draws upon innovative research in the key areas of urban education: closing the achievement gap; creating safe, inclusive classrooms; and structuring sustainable, supportive networks for teachers and schools.
Facing History revitalizes teachers, and helps them integrate social emotional learning within rigorous academic coursework that aligns with Common Core State Standards. Facing History increases students’ motivation and engagement, because our resources and approach link academic content to students’ lives. Facing History trusts young people to wrestle with complex moments in human history, and help them understand the range of human behavior.

Students understand the danger of prejudice and discrimination, the experience of vulnerable groups in society, and the importance of solving differences through discussion and dialogue, not violence. Students learn that their choices matter and that they can be agents of positive change. As they explore the complexities of history and human behavior, students consider how they can make a difference today and in the future.

Facing History’s impact occurs on multiple levels and is leveraged over time. As students become more engaged in their learning, they are more likely to have greater academic success and to graduate. They impact the people around them, including family and peers. As teachers become revitalized, they’re more likely to stay in the field. Facing History teachers continue to use the program every year they remain in the classroom, reaching new groups of students annually. Many Facing History educators become school leaders, shaping the vision and academic goals of their school for years to come.

Whom will your project benefit? Please be specific.

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The Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network will provide training and support for approximately 500 teachers in 31 middle and high schools this year. These educators will then reach an estimated 12,000 students across Los Angeles annually with the tools and lessons to participate positively in their school communities, and to succeed in school, career, and civic life. Current partnership network schools are located in East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, downtown, and the San Fernando Valley. All schools are Title I, high poverty schools and all are either public or charter schools within Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Seven middle schools joined the network this past year through a pilot project focused on school-wide anti-bullying practices.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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We launched the LA Partnership Schools Network in response to a need from teachers to collaborate and build bridges among the diverse communities that make up Los Angeles. Our primary partnership is with each individual school, including a contractual agreement signed by an administrator and designated teacher liaison on campus. Facing History staff work with faculty at each school to integrate our program across grades and disciplines. Clear contracting, high-fidelity implementation and sustainability planning are all critical elements of a successful collaboration.

Last year we added seven middle schools to the Partnership Schools Network through a pilot project focused on school-wide anti-bullying practices. The project was conducted with support from the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and Youth Policy Institute (YPI). YPI contracted with Facing History to provide in-depth professional development for schools in Hollywood and Pacoima, high-poverty areas of federal revitalization focus, as part of its $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood initiative.

In addition to the work with individual schools, we convene teachers, administrators, students and parents from partner schools across Los Angeles, both in person and online. Teachers, who too often work in isolation, can now regularly connect with educators from other schools who face similar challenges. Collaboration and idea-sharing within the network has been greatly enhanced through the Los Angeles Network blog (lanetwork.facinghistory.org). The blog provides a flexible forum for educators and Facing History staff to share ideas, challenges, and solutions for addressing issues they confront in the classroom. This online community serves as a networking tool for teachers within and beyond the Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network.

Facing History is investing significantly in a core group of exemplary Facing History educators to serve as mentors for other teachers in Los Angeles. Teacher leaders are early adopters in piloting Facing History’s new resources, and are instrumental in supporting liaisons from the Los Angeles Partnership Network. Collaboration with our teacher leaders is a critical factor in helping Facing History respond to the needs of teachers, build stronger school-wide programs, and continue expanding to more urban schools.

How will your project impact the LA2050 "LEARN" metrics?

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle school (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Other:

Please elaborate on how your project will impact the above metrics.:

Facing History’s impact has been documented through more than 140 evaluation studies, including quasi-experimental studies and peer reviewed randomized controlled trials. Results prove that our program improves students’ academic engagement, critical-thinking skills and historical understanding, encourages civic participation, and creates safe and engaging classroom and whole-school environments. Definitive evidence shows that Facing History helps to create effective teachers who improve their students’ academic performance and civic learning. Educational leaders, funders, and the federal government are looking for ways to transform education by promoting teacher effectiveness, which a growing body of research confirms is a strong factor in student achievement.

Studies show that our impact is sustained throughout a teacher's career, despite transitions across grade levels and schools. Each teacher reaches an average of 100 students annually. A greater sense of self-efficacy and commitment to teaching translates to higher rates of teacher retention and better outcomes for students, benefits from which will be realized over many years.

The Progress of Education Reform lists Facing History as an exemplar of one of six proven educational practices that promote student civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The Social Impact 100, a giving platform that spotlights evidence-based U.S. nonprofits with the potential to grow, named Facing History one of 100 nonprofits that address the country’s most pressing issues in education, health, youth, and poverty. Charity Navigator has, for the third consecutive year, given Facing History a four-star rating, which it awards to organizations that exceed industry standards and outperform most other charities in their field.

Please select which other LA2050 Goals are relevant to your project or organization (check all that apply):

LA is the best place to CONNECT

LA is the best place to CREATE

LA is the best place to PLAY

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

Please explain how you will evaluate your project.

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Facing History’s approach draws on innovative research and development in the areas of urban education. That research informs both our programs and our measures of success. For the LA Partnership Schools, Facing History will track the number of educators who implement our program and the number of participants in cross-school and community events through our relationship management database. Program staff will closely monitor the activities of, and solicit ongoing feedback from, the partnership schools and teacher liaisons through individual contact and online engagement. Measurable outcomes of this initiative include:

• Supporting and expanding our network of schools: Partnership Schools Network will increase to 31 schools, with approximately 500 teachers receiving professional development services, and reaching 12,000 students by the end of FY15.
• Conducting outreach through cross-school projects and community events: Summits, urban education symposia, and community events will draw 1,500 students, parents, teachers, and community members.
• Developing and leveraging both face-to-face and online supports in order to grow the network’s capacity to be self sustaining: The number of liaisons will grow to 31, and the number of visitors to blog posts will increase from an average of 200-250 page views per post to an average of 500 or more.

What two lessons have informed your solution or project?

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Since 1976, Facing History has worked directly with teachers and schools to build the knowledge, commitment, and motivation for effective civic participation and to develop strong, safe school communities where students can thrive. We have learned that working with whole schools, which then serve as models for deep and innovative implementation of Facing History across grade levels and disciplines, enables the program to improve not only academic learning but school culture as well. Launched in 2008, Facing History’s Innovative Schools Network (ISN) is a group of 60 schools employing a robust whole-school model that impacts the culture of the entire school. Facing History works intensively with faculty on curriculum development, school-wide programming, and whole-staff engagement, resulting in school communities that take seriously issues of ethics, social responsibility, prejudice, and justice, and share a common language that encourages the identification and discussion of these issues—in the classroom, in student advisory and student leadership groups, in staff meetings, and in the broader community. Evaluations of Facing History’s ISN schools provide evidence for the program’s strong impact on teacher efficacy (teachers’ beliefs about their knowledge, and skills in their subject areas, a critical underpinning of high quality teaching); school climate (culture change in terms of language, behavior, and attitude changes across the community of each school); and student outcomes including improved social emotional learning, civic learning, intergroup awareness, ethical reflection and self awareness.

In addition to insights gained from formal evaluations, our work is informed by the results we have seen during the pilot phase of the Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network. Teachers from LAUSD consistently report that Facing History has a positive impact on culture, climate, and safety at their schools. Social Justice Humanitas Academy, which has trained its entire faculty in Facing History content and methodology, had the lowest rate of suspension of any LAUSD school last year. Roosevelt Academy of Environmental and Social Policy reported that instances of bullying decreased dramatically after implementing the action steps the school team devised at Facing History’s BULLY Summit.

Explain how implementing your project in the next twelve months is an achievable goal.

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Since establishing our Los Angeles Partnership Schools Network, we have focused our efforts at schools where we have leadership to support our work. We have exceeded our goals thus far, growing from four schools in 2009 to 21 schools today. Partnership schools agree to have at least one teacher attend a week-long immersive seminar who commits by contract to teach a full Facing History curriculum unit in the classroom; arrange for faculty-wide in-services facilitated by Facing History staff; participate in cross-school activities within the network; and create a school-wide action plan to create a culture of safety and inclusion in their school communities assisted by Facing History program staff.

Each school participates in a fall leadership summit comprised of students, teachers, administrators and parents, focused on creating safe, inclusive, and compassionate whole-school cultures; an educator symposium focused on urban education challenges and opportunities; and an end-of-year community-wide celebration focused on the sharing of best practices and action plans. These events address issues affecting school safety and academic engagement and facilitate networking among our diverse Los Angeles communities, which is rare.

Each school has a Facing History liaison. Facing History will create active mentorships for liaisons via our longstanding teacher leadership team, through which 25 experienced Facing History teachers network with each other and help mentor new teachers in their schools. Liaisons also attend a yearly retreat with the teacher leaders.

Facing History facilitates a quickly growing online community for Los Angeles educators (lanetwork.facinghistory.org), including a blog led by teacher leaders, Facing History staff and guest bloggers. An interactive calendar is being planned which will enable subscribers to post events of interest to the network.

We know there is increasing demand among Los Angeles schools for Facing History services, and that we have the capacity and the tools to meet our goals this year.

Please list at least two major barriers/challenges you anticipate. What is your strategy for ensuring a successful implementation?

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In the education field, annual pink-slip notices and uncertainty about job security have taken a toll on educator morale. With budget cuts, not only have teachers lost income through furloughs, they are also asked to do more because schools are functioning with fewer staff and resources than before. These conditions have an impact on teachers’ capacity and willingness to participate in after-school activities, including meetings and workshops. PD providers often need to cover teacher stipends to participate in professional development. We have successfully made stipends available to participants in our Partnership Schools Network for select activities (or substitute teacher coverage so that they can attend during the school day.) In addition, we have changed our workshop strategy to provide contracted offerings with schools and districts who recruit a critical mass of qualified participants.

Another challenge for schools and educators this year is the implementation of the new Common Core assessments. Facing History and Ourselves’ mission aligns with the intent of the Common Core State Standards to prepare students to be college- and career-ready. Our resources and study guides emphasize close reading of challenging texts; critical analysis; and the development of critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills. Facing History is already working with teachers, schools, and districts across the country as they implement the Common Core State Standards. We help educators make the key instructional shifts required by the standards, using our primary and secondary sources and underlying pedagogy. And we partner with teachers to develop Common Core modules and tasks to share across our educator network.

What resources does your project need? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Discussion
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Facing History has made an incredible impact on the English curriculum I create and, more importantly, the students' lives. Whether it's a strategy for promoting deeper, critical thinking in the classroom or a resource that provides a more relevant connection to a novel and the students' lives, FHAO's contributions appear daily in my classroom. Some of these date back to FHAO workshops I attended over a decade ago and are now just instinctively ingrained in my teaching. However, the most impressive advantage that FHAO provides is that it motivates students to ethically participate in their communities - and those are lessons that stick!

by MsOinFresno
over 1 year ago

I support Facing History because of its contributions to education.

by rufus12345
over 1 year ago

I can say enough great things about the Facing History staff and the impact they have made in Los Angeles schools.

by Andrew-Kugler
over 1 year ago

i've been impressed, moved, inspired by your incredible, enduring mission to make a difference for our children and our world. EVERYONE benefits from your work. what happens in L.A. is a big ripple in our larger world community.

by ashleyphil
over 1 year ago

Am so honored to support such an amazing organization!

by cupermarti
over 1 year ago

#pwc partnering with #facinghistory will help ensure our future youth is better prepared! excited to see what the future holds!

by lizetten
over 1 year ago

Facing History started as a single course taught in a single classroom in 1976 - now tens of thousands of teachers use Facing History's methods in classes around the world. Los Angeles has the chance to be an international leader in helping students link history to the choices individuals make every single day. Please spread the word and encourage people to vote for Facing History and Ourselves!

by ABurt829
over 1 year ago

To quote one Facing History alum . . (facing history) was the "first time I really loved school"--Matt Damon, Facing History alum and trustee, 2003.

by marti.murphy
over 1 year ago

The middle school I attended in Concord, MA in the 1980s had a Facing History curriculum and the content has had a lasting impact in my memory. When my friend Liz Vogel was considering a job at Facing History 13 (14?) years ago I strongly encouraged it as I believed it to be an organization which would live up to her values and her desire to make an positive impact on the world - and look where she is now!

by SuzanneWernevi
over 1 year ago

I support Facing History because this organization has provided me with tools to help my students not only become better learners, but to become better PEOPLE. Their curriculum transcends any one content area or topic but rather helps educators and students alike be Upstanders in a Global Society that badly needs more of us.

by SGuzman78
over 1 year ago

As a classroom teacher who has utilized Facing History while teaching internationally in Barcelona for six years, my students found the most meaningful life lessons, as well as, learned content and skills that will be valuable as global citizens. Facing History really does make a classroom teachers life a lot easier and makes the student learning experience more interactive. I am happy to have joined the FHAO LA office in an effort to increase the reach of what this wonderful organization does.

by amenechyan
over 1 year ago

I support Facing History because they provide valuable resources and opportunities for my students and very useful professional development for my teachers.

by samantha.siegeler
over 1 year ago

Facing History has proven to be such a valuable resource, I simply cannot imagine teaching without it. The stratified, the resources, the sense of community and program support are all amazing! Facing History helps educators examine complex issues with their students in a safe, yet thought-provoking environment.

by SCarrillo
over 1 year ago

Facing History has designed and continues to develop curriculum that prepares our students for active engagement as global citizens. A great resource for educators and a critical opportunity for all.

by koneillapril
over 1 year ago

Great program - great concept - avoid the mistakes of the past by understanding them and instead make our community better!

by JeffNelsen
over 1 year ago

Facing History is imperative for the times we live in. Facing History builds bridges between people in a fragmented world.

BBoswell

by Evansmom
over 1 year ago

I have been to Facing History presentations where a panel of junior high school and high school students participated. I was very impressed with how their lives have been impacted by their experiences with Facing History programs. They exhibited great higher order thinking skills and clearly intend to lead lives that reflect the values that Facing History encourages.

by klynn.savage
over 1 year ago

Facing History has an incredibly unique approach to teaching students, (and adults!) to be better humans. There is no better way to create a safer and more peaceful future than by looking to the past and learning from the lessons history provides. In addition to their work with teachers, they are engaged in inspiring all members of the community to be adult learners as they bring fascinating authors, historians, and change makers to speak in the community. Facing History really has something for everyone, and if everyone had the chance to take a Facing History class, the world would truly be a better place.

by JenLen
over 1 year ago

In my 20 years of working to support teachers and schools, educators time after time remark that Facing History & Ourselves provides the very best professional development opportunities, resources and most important, teacher follow-up in helping to create dynamic, engaged, relevant, reflective and connected teaching for their students. For many of our teachers, their experience with Facing History and Ourselves is often described as "transformative", not only as educators but also as a human beings,

by dukeofalba
over 1 year ago

Facing History has proven its success in helping educators stay in love with their work, gain confidence and be more effective in the classroom. Facing History has proven its success in helping students step up to their responsibilities and find meaning in civic participation. At facing History, kindness and compassion go hand-in-hand with academic rigor. LA schools see the many benefits, let's grow this work for all.

by Jennifertoby
over 1 year ago

Facing History educators are dynamic, passionate leaders! Let's give them all the support they deserve - they represent the best of what's working well in education.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Facing History and Ourselves is precisely what we need: a bridge to the future which builds responsibity, optimism, moral courage, and empathy in our young people, and the communities where we live. LA 2050 is focused on a new vision for a world city, and Facing History must be a visible part of that future.

by ups
over 1 year ago

People make choices. Choices make history. And Facing History helps ensure that the history made is for the betterment of society as whole. Students become more engaged in their community and contribute to way of life that allows people to actively engage and participate in a constructive and upstanding way.

by quinnvvc
over 1 year ago

FHAO is a wonderful resource for educators of all types! Not only do they provide fantastic content-related materials, but also myriad successful methodologies with which to present the content. FHAO's staff is extremely knowledgeable and committed to our school's success.

by aimeelauren
over 1 year ago

Any time I am with Facing History, I am reminded why I wanted to be a teacher. My students and I are the richer in our humanity because of the support I gain from Facing History And Ourselves.

by Ms.History.Teacher
over 1 year ago

What a difference we could make with Facing History in every school in LA

by esc2007
over 1 year ago

Facing History and Ourselves provided me the tools to successfully teach the history and future of civil rights in America. While using the Facing History resources, my students grew as human beings as they grappled with their place in our society and their impact on creating an understanding and accepting future.

by allisonoakes
over 1 year ago

How do we discuss Gaza with our children? How do we discuss Ferguson? While Facing History is not overtly political, it allows us to engage with these complicated present day struggles through an informed prism of the past. Understanding the past is critical to making better decisions today.
Most importantly, Facing History's values promote tolerance, empathy, and respect. No conflict can be resolved without those key ingredients.
That's why I support Facing History for our students and for our community.

by CarrieRichman
over 1 year ago

Facing History has an incredible program and supports teachers like me!

by mcooper11
over 1 year ago

Every student deserves Facing History.

by AM09
over 1 year ago

A quick glance at the front page of any newspaper is all the evidence you need that Facing History's work is needed now more than ever. Facing History's program empowers students to make better choices in their communities and in the world. If every student took Facing History, what how might the world be different? Let's find out.

by jschutten
over 1 year ago

Facing History can transform a classroom from a place that students HAVE to be into a place that students WANT to be. They bring curiosity and engagement. Students feel that their voice is valued and they are encouraged to connect history to their own lives. The lessons of history can help kids make better, more compassionate choices.

by Anniebrown617
over 1 year ago

Facing History stands out in its mission and ability to actually deliver that mission. I support the growth of our LA Partnership Schools Network. This year we'll add 10 new schools to the Network, which will grow the Network to a total of 31 schools, 500 teachers and approximately 12,000 students who are leading the way to create safe, engaged schools across Los Angeles.

by jezinner
over 1 year ago

FHAO changed my teaching and my own personal perspective on history and how learn and interact with each other. The organization honors teachers and students through intelligent, valuable resources and support.

by JDeLa
over 1 year ago

Facing History's classroom materials and its teacher training opportunities have made a positive impact in educational settings that I have witnessed first-hand. They need to keep up the GOOD work.

by RabbiBenson
over 1 year ago

Facing History gives our students the tools to grow.

by miriam.engel.75
over 1 year ago

#FHAO is an amazing organization that has given me an enormous amount of resources, strategies, and support so that I can continue to offer opportunities and perspective to my students as they explore difficult time periods in human history.

by Luetjend
over 1 year ago

I first learned about Facing History when my girlfriend started working there. I can see what a huge difference this organization is making in the lives of millions of people. Thank you for all the work you are doing to make the world a better, more ethical and more humane place. There need to be more people and organizations like you!

by boss.king.79
over 1 year ago

The impact of Facing History in LA's educational community is astonishing! From pedagogy, resources, strategies, community and school-wide events to committed members of the Facing History office who work with teachers to help engage their students, Facing History is committed to strengthening and supporting the schools and educators who populate LA's educational landscape! I can think of no more deserving a recipient and know the grant will go to amazing use!

by EmilyJewishEd
over 1 year ago

Facing History and Ourselves has given so much to the LA area and needs to be able to give even more! Every student and teacher I've met who has encountered Facing History says the same thing: I wish everyone could experience this program because the world would be a better place. Now more than ever we need #FHAO to reach every single student.

by ABurt829
over 1 year ago

More students and teachers need Facing History! $100,000 would support 31 schools, 500 teachers, and 12,000 students. Pretty incredible!

by ecorwin
over 1 year ago

In times like these, we need programs like Facing History more than ever. Facing History engages students in the classroom, and encourages them look at the world events both critically and intelligently.

by mcooper11
over 1 year ago

Facing History helps teachers educate the whole person--mind, heart, and conscience. That's so needed today when schools tend to focus on preparing students for standardized tests.

by VFrothingham
over 1 year ago

Facing History teaches students to question, not blindly conform. That small choices and actions matter. The world needs more Facing History teachers and students!

by jana.neil
over 1 year ago

Facing HIstory has never been more important than now. The world has shifted to "openly" reverting back to "we hate the Jews." Dramatic pictures from France this past week depicting a Kristalnacht type scene. Let's face it, this is just one example of the world on tilt. NO organization can be more worthy or relevant.

by DebbieDebBrown
over 1 year ago

I can't think of a more perfect fit for this award than Facing History!

by larasueg
over 1 year ago

Huzzah! Great program with great resources teaching empowerment and ethical thinking and acting. Yes please, and more of it.

by klassdusty
over 1 year ago

Facing History's mission is needed more now than ever. We need to foster more humane informed citizens. Facing History is spot on as to that objective.

by apauly1
over 1 year ago

#FHAO is an amazing organization that has given me an enormous amount of resources, strategies, and support so that I can continue to offer opportunities and perspective to my students as they explore difficult time periods in human history.

by Luetjend
over 1 year ago

Thank you for your support - your endorsement (as an incredibly dynamic and inspiring educator yourself) means so much.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you so much! PwC has been a loyal and generous partner to Facing History and we are extremely grateful! Today's students are tomorrow's workforce and we want to prepare them to be critical thinkers and innovative leaders who speak up and stand up for themselves and their communities.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Yes! Matt said the class helped him to walk in someone else's shoes! Here's a tiny clip from that day: http://hstry.is/Z0cXOd

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

A big part of the reason I joined was Facing History so many years ago was your initial reaction when I mentioned the organization. I am always impressed to meet alumni who say, often years later, that their Facing History experience left the strongest impression on them from their entire time in school. So glad we happened to have that conversation when we did. THANK YOU for your support! :-)

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

You have been an incredible model for how to create the kind of classroom the engages students and activates that Upstander mindset and behavior. We couldn't ask for a better partner and advocate - thank you for all that you do.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

We're so happy to have you as part of our team. And I love knowing that teachers around the globe find value for their students in Facing History. Global citizenship is critical for the 21st century.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

We are proud to partner with you, Samantha. Thank you for your support!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

You're right! We focus on teachers and students but Facing History is for everyone. We all need the chance to engage in thoughtful dialogue about issues that matter, and to consider viewpoints that may differ from our own. Thank you for your support!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you! We *know* that a great teacher makes ALL the difference for his/her students. Teachers need ongoing learning and support just as doctors have 'grand rounds' and ongoing training. Thank you for all that you do.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Well said - and exactly why we can help LA become the BEST place to learn, play, create, connect, and LIVE!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

So true! Thanks for leading the way in envisioning and providing this support!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

Strategies and content are both so important - and it is educators like you who make the difference daily in students lives! We are proud to support your success.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

Thanks, Klynn!
I too am always so impressed by Facing History students - poised, careful and critical thinkers, and so compassionate. What a treat for Los Angeles if there were more of them!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

So true! Even after almost 20 years in education, Facing History remains the core of "who I want to be" as a teacher.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

We are proud to support educators like you - thank you for all that you do.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you Jennifer. Educators deserve to be supported as professionals; we are proud to work in partnership with incredible, dynamic teachers.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you Miriam! The 'tools' provide a critical foundation that students can carry with them through life- it's not just about a moment in time but about the habits of minds and practices that happen over time. Thank you for your support!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

I couldn't agree more! We are assembling an 'army' of Upstanders, who know that their small choices impact the big picture, and who are willing to take a stand for themselves and for others.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you Rabbi Benson! We appreciate your support!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

We love our Facing History teachers - you inspire us every day!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you Annie for being such a partner to Facing History, and for your support.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Carrie - thank you for all of your leadership and support.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

I completely agree - beautifully said! Thank you for your support!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you Allison! We are truly proud to support your work as an educator.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

This is my personal dream for Facing History - every student deserves the opportunity to link their learning to their own life and to know their choices matter.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you so much for your longstanding support of Facing History!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

We are proud to work in partnership with you, and with all of our teachers across LA. Thank you for all that you do.

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you so much for your support!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

Thank you Emily!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

So beyond true. I am so happy to be a part of this amazing work with you by my side!

by quinnvvc
over 1 year ago

I could not agree more! I'm excited for you to make this a reality!

by quinnvvc
over 1 year ago

I agree Facing History really helps students find their voice, and how to be a positive participant in society. Great leadership model.

by marti.murphy
over 1 year ago

I agree! I continue to be grateful that I was guided towards Facing History by colleagues when I was still student teaching. It allowed me to be successful as a first-year teacher and to engage my students in ways they had not previously experienced.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

It's all about the students, isn't it? In my early years teaching Facing History, one of my students shared that he learned he had a voice as a result of my class. I want every one of our LA students to know that their voice matters!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

Thank you! It would be wonderful to be able to support even more schools across Los Angeles to make an even bigger impact in this fabulous city!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

One of our alum said that Facing History helped her see that she matters. That's a message I want every young person - every adult, too! - to truly know.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

You are so right! "Staying in love with our work" is so important as educators - it is what continues to engage students and our community in creating a better world today.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

We love our Facing History teachers - you inspire us every day!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

We, and our students, learn as much from HOW we teach as WHAT we teach. To have teachers like you who honor students, who engage with critical learning for themselves and their students - that is why we do what we do!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

Thank you! It has been amazing to see the hunger of LA schools for the impact of Facing History on individuals and school environments, and to see the growth of our LA network from 5 to 10 to over 20 already! I love seeing the change in school environments, the rise in student sense of agency, the critical thinking, and the care for our common LA community.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

Thanks, Annie! It is wonderful to see this transition for students and classrooms across LA, and to know your experience seeing it in a variety of school settings. We appreciate all you do as a teacher!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

We love supporting teachers! Having been teachers ourselves, we know how important support is for the teachers like you who are doing amazing work every day with LA students.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

Well said, Carrie. Sometimes it's hard to know how to even to begin to engage and discuss such complicated issues with others. I appreciate the wealth of experience and insight brought by an amazing staff at Facing History which helps us navigate the world today and the possibilities for each individual.

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

Thanks, Allison. The materials Facing History has developed particularly around the Civil Rights Movement - with Eyes on the Prize, Freedom Riders, Choices in Little Rock and others, are so thoughtful in exactly that idea of "growing us as human beings." It is a great way to think about the impact on students!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

So true! I'd love to see that!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

This is beautiful. As a devoted Angeleno, it is exactly the future I want for my city and I'm excited that Facing History can help build that bridge!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

I wholeheartedly agree and I love that question - let's find out!

by lizvogel
over 1 year ago

"If every student took Facing History, how might the world be different?"
I'd love to find out!

by MHendra
over 1 year ago

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