Facing History's Partnership Schools Network

submission by john_kaiser

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Facing History and Ourselves, Inc.

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Facing History and Ourselves supports educators in LA and around the world, improving their effectiveness in the classroom and their students’ academic performance, historical understanding, and civic learning.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Facing History will engage its LA Partnership Schools Network in a year-long journey to create compassionate school communities and build a stronger, more empathetic LA. The network includes 17 diverse public middle and high schools that infuse Facing History content across grade levels and disciplines to increase students’ ability to relate history to their own lives; heighten their understanding of the origins of bigotry and hatred; and engage them in creating change in their communities.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

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 schools (Dream Metric)

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

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.


Facing History instruction does not simply nurture students’ academic growth; it provides them with complementary skills for thriving in a diverse, collaborative 21st century economy. The organization’s approach, which is infused throughout Partnership Schools’ culture and curricula, significantly increases student engagement, empathy, critical thinking skills, and sense of civic responsibility. Facing History students are nearly twice as likely to be motivated to learn, more likely to stand up to bullying, and demonstrate significantly less racist attitudes than students in non-Facing History classrooms.

The 17 Partner School communities come together to examine issues that affect all LA citizens. To kick off the 2015-16 school year, students, teachers, administrators, and parents from diverse neighborhoods across the city attended the annual Partner School Summit on Saturday, October 3. This year’s Partner School Network theme is “The Promise of Los Angeles.” The summit featured the film Tom Bradley’s Impossible Dream. This film tells the powerful story of how Mr. Bradley became the first mayor of a major American city without a black majority. Mr. Bradley built a coalition of African Americans, Jews, Whites, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans who came together in support of common values. After viewing the film, participants examined its lessons and created action plans to reshape or improve their respective school cultures. These projects empower students to be active participants in building inclusive and effective learning environments and communities.

Throughout the year, Facing History Partnership Schools encourage their students to act as “upstanders”—people who take action to address problems in their communities, as opposed to bystanders who do nothing. At the conclusion of the school year, the network reconvenes for the Upstander Celebration, which honors students who have taken positive action in their schools and communities.

The support of LA2050 and contest voters will help Facing History add four schools to the network this year. If brought to scale, the Facing History Partner School Network will not only help enhance the quality of education in LA by 2050, but also build a future generation of compassionate, inclusive, and thoughtful leaders.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Primary liaisons at each of the 17 Partner Schools will complete a survey about the faculty’s collective experience with Facing History school climate initiatives, classroom implementation activities, and network event participation related to the School Summit and Upstander Celebration. This feedback will help inform future improvements to all Partner School Network activity in future years.

An additional measure of success will be the overall renewal rate of Partnership Schools for the 2016-17 school year.

More than 140 internal and external studies have demonstrated Facing History’s positive impact on students. Among many findings, these studies show that Facing History students: have increased understanding and willingness to interact with other ethnic groups; marked decreases in racist attitudes; and reduced fighting behavior.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

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Absolutely awesome goals and people. Love Facing History!

by dingorook
5 months ago

Now teaching in GA, but 20 years ago I taught in East LA and had the awesome opportunity to participate in a professional development seminar with Facing History - keep providing materials and resources for the great kids and teachers of Los Angeles!

by toricimo
5 months ago

Keep up the great work !

by Kelsoe
6 months ago

Great work that gives me hope for the future!

by jaheyboer
6 months ago

Looking forward to FHAO making a significant difference first in the areas identified in the LA 2050 application, and eventually in the rest of the LA USD!!!

by joycerey
6 months ago

Go, Facing History! This is an amazing initiative and has the ability, power and proven results to change students, schools, and communities.

by quinnvvc
6 months ago

Response to this very thorough application process is proof (if needed), once again, just how FHAO continues to have such an impact upon students. The extensive internal and external studies document that impact. FHAO is unique, among curricular approach providers, in linking historical content and students' lives.

by BillYounglove
6 months ago

It's so exciting to see young people engaged and motivated not only about history and academic subject, but about participating in their communities to have a positive impact! Facing History's Partnership Schools Network is doing great work throughout LA.

by mrosenberg
6 months ago

So excited to cast my vote for Facing History! Empowering teachers and students to think critically about history and to understand the impact of their choices is what will build a stronger, more compassionate LA2050!

by alm247
6 months ago

An amazing organization -- a good, well considered plan. Let's make it a reality. Facing History has a proven track record in making a difference in children's lives. Its work with teachers makes this possible -- it provides a great model for maximizing impact.

by melvoinr
6 months ago

As an alumna, I cannot think of another organization who would use these funds more efficiently and directly to impact positive change.

by zkingNY
6 months ago

Excited to vote for Facing History! The work of Facing History's Partnership Schools Network is creating more compassionate school communities and building a stronger, more empathetic LA.

by emmajsamler@gmail.com
6 months ago

I'm so excited to vote for this project! These students are the future of LA, and will make the world a better place.

by ABurt829
6 months ago

To LA Facing History and Ourselves...I hope you win this award...you are so worthy!!! Best of luck and keep up the good work! JEK

by JillEllen
6 months ago

Facing History's Partnership Schools Network is doing amazing work to transform school communities into safe spaces for important dialogue around the issues - race, gender, judgement, moral choice- we face in today's LA!

by gretchenblake
6 months ago

The students who graduate these partnership schools are so amazing! They are already changing LA as "upstanders" at their schools and for their surrounding community. I'd love to see how they can reshape LA by 2050-!

by MHendra
6 months ago

Thank you jaheyboer! We agree that the amazing youth of LA give us hope too!

by EJV
6 months ago

Thank you joycarey! We absolutely want to support students across LAUSD and beyond -- really appreciate your support!

by EJV
6 months ago

Thanks, Bill! Support from somebody so strong in the field of teacher education is particularly valued.

by MHendra
6 months ago

You summed it up well, mrosenberg! Thanks for your support!

by john_kaiser
6 months ago

Thank you alm247! We see how empowering it is for young people to learn about LA history and realize they are a part of shaping our future. Teachers are the key to lasting change. Thank you for your support!

by EJV
6 months ago

Thank you for your support. You're absolutely right - our proven track record and deep work with teachers makes this project sustainable.

by EJV
6 months ago

Thank you for your added perspective as an alumna of our program, zkingNY! We appreciate your vote

by john_kaiser
6 months ago

Thanks - I couldn't agree more!

by MHendra
6 months ago

JillEllen, thanks so much for your vote!

by john_kaiser
6 months ago

Thanks, MHendra!

by john_kaiser
6 months ago

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