Armen Menechyan

Armen Menechyan was first introduced to Facing History when he attended a weeklong seminar on the Armenian Genocide in 2006, just before he began his MA in International Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. After living and working in Barcelona for six years at the Benjamin Franklin International School and his extensive travels to more than fifty cities worldwide, he moved back to his birthplace of Los Angeles. Armen joined Facing History Los Angeles as a Program Associate in 2014.

Recent Posts

Break the Ice: 4 Strategies to Strengthen Classroom Community

Posted by Armen Menechyan on August 6, 2015

Building on our webinar for creating a safe, reflective classroom community, this week each LA Program staff member of Facing History and Ourselves will share their favorite community-building activity. Just in time for back-to-school!

My go-to strategy is called “Circle in a Circle.”

This strategy can be used not only to “break the ice,” but also throughout the year to review ideas, make connections, unpack or extend information, prepare for writing, and more. It gets students up out of their seats and talking. The process is simple enough for students to learn, and can then be varied for effectiveness based on which questions you ask students to discuss.

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Topics: Safe Schools, Teaching Strategy, Breaking the Ice

Recognizing a Commitment to Genocide Education

Posted by Armen Menechyan on June 17, 2015

June is undoubtedly a bittersweet month in the teaching world. Days are filled with grading, goodbyes, potential planning for the year ahead, but mainly putting those final touches on what was a rewarding and meaningful teaching year. However, it can also be a time for awards and recognition as it was this June for one group of teachers.

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Topics: Armenian Genocide, Teaching, Los Angeles, workshop

Upstanders: Strengthening School Community

Posted by Armen Menechyan on October 15, 2014

On October 11, 2014 at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Campus, more than 15 schools and upwards of 120 students, teachers, parents, and administrators took the time on a Saturday to come together with one common goal: Strengthening school community.

Facing History Los Angeles hosted our 3rd Annual Los Angeles Partnership School Summit on School Culture. In our first year of this summit, we featured the film BULLY and looked at how small steps can make a difference for peers confronting bullying on campus. Last year we considered a short animated film from StoryCorps, Listening Is An Act of Love, to grow beyond just stopping bullying and consider how to build a positive school culture by small acts of compassion. This year, we continued to explore ways to build a stronger community by considering the steps of an "upstander."

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Topics: Safe Schools, Los Angeles, Urban Education, Upstander, Community Event, Parents

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