In order to be strong and powerful, you have to know who you are first."
Sana Amanat, Director of Content & Character Development at Marvel Entertainment, shared the thought above with students and educators at the 2016 celebration of Upstanders from Facing History Los Angeles Partnership Schools. On stage, Amanat shared how inspired she was by the students, who she credited with being further along than she was at their age by already making a difference. The students were inspired by Sana to find their own voice and continue contributing to a more diverse and compassionate world.
Every year, we invite all of the Los Angeles area Facing History partnership schools to nominate a member of their school community who has been an "upstander," someone who makes a difference in small and large ways. Want to be inspired? Read the nominations in their own words below, and then join us on Thursday, April 28th to celebrate with these schools and the amazing Sana Anamat, co-creator of Ms. Marvel! (Click here for more information.)
It's National Library Week!
What is the last book you checked out of the library? Share your latest library read in a comment below.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter know I joined the "Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball" for LA Public Library this year. I curled up with my choice of books - public library and my own - reading two different books that day. One of my memorable moments when studying in the Soviet Union as a college student was trying to get a Soviet library card... and then the entire process of using a library in Moscow! Needless to say, I'm a bit of a library nerd. So, in honor of National Library Week, here are three gifts:
During the last few months, Southern California has hosted many conferences including three statewide conferences at which Facing History and our teachers presented:
- California Association of Teachers of English (CATE)
- California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS)
- CUE (the largest Education Technology conference on the West Coast at almost 7000 attendees!)
Do you want to see our presentations? Participate in the fun of an Exhibit Hall giveaway without the hassle of missing school? Keep reading. We have a special gift for those who couldn't make it to the conferences in person!
Students are media producers as well as consumers, so our pedagogical use of video is as important as the quality itself. In March 2016, I had the honor of presenting on this topic at the CUE National Conference together with the talented Michelle Sadrena Clark, Regional Consultant for the USC Shoah Foundation and a humanities teacher at High Tech High North County. Read on for links and lessons!
There are a lot of student opportunities at this time of year which could be engaging for students in a Facing History classroom. Here are a few that have come our way. Have you heard of others? Post them below to share with other teachers!
As part of Facing History and Ourselves’ second annual Facing History Together Student Essay Contest, “Student Voices: To Kill a Mockingbird in Today’s World,” middle and high school students across the U.S. have the opportunity to win individual and classroom prizes up to $2,500.
Facing History educators shared four presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference of the California Council for the Social Studies. Below are the links and slides from each of the presentations. And, for those who were admiring the posters in our booth, at the bottom is a slideshow of the whole set of Choosing to Participate posters. We also encourage all who visited our booth and/or one of these presentations to deepen your use of Facing History with one of these seminars. Check out our Southern California and Northern California seminars.
We had a packed room for our presentation this year at the California Association of Teachers of English conference. Check out our presentation below, highlighting four great resources from Facing History's collection of writing strategies, literacy strategies and literature-based study guides.
Join us this June for a unique new version of this powerful seminar, utilizing both online modules and face-to-face sessions explicitly designed as a “humanized” online experience. You'll be exposed to online activities and technological tools that both engage online while still focusing on building a safe and reflective learning community.