Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
Founded by classroom teachers in 1976, Facing History trains and supports educators, develops curricular materials, and provides myriad resources and programs designed to help students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. By integrating the study of history and literature with ethical decision-making, innovative teaching strategies, and ongoing professional development and coaching, our program enables secondary school teachers to promote students’ historical understanding, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning, and to facilitate transformative dialogue in their classrooms.
Facing History’s evaluation department and independent researchers have conducted more than 140 studies (including two randomized controlled trials) of Facing History’s program since its inception. Our results prove that our program improves students’ academic performance and historical understanding, increases teacher effectiveness, encourages civic participation, and creates safe and engaging schools.
Facing History uses the LDC CoreTools to help teachers create engaging and meaningful teaching tasks to pair with our rich content resources. Facing History staff and teacher leaders originally created and piloted teaching tasks that use the LDC templates with Facing History core content. These tasks have been used during Facing History professional development to help educators incorporate high-quality assessments in their classrooms. See educational resources from Facing History that help teachers meet College and Career Readiness Standards.
See the Facing History Mini-Task Collection in the LDC CoreTools Curriculum Library.
Facing History, in partnership with the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), is hosting a new webinar series to introduce several new teaching strategies to help meet literacy standards. Don't miss the final webinar in the series:
Facing History was funded by the Gates Foundation in 2013 to develop Literacy Design Collaborative tasks and modules with teacher leaders in our eight regional offices in the United States. Since then, Facing History has incorporated literacy skills and LDC templates in our professional development in our regional offices (New York, New England, Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles) and our online trainings.
To learn how Facing History can support your LDC implementation, contact:
Jocelyn Stanton, Senior Associate for Program Staff Development