The Writers of Willesden Lane

Posted by Celina Martinez on August 23, 2018

Facing History and Ourselves, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, has sponsored educator workshops this summer on the Holocaust and The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. This book tells the story of Lisa Jura, Mona’s mother, as a Kindertransport survivor. Teachers will receive copies of The Children of Willesden Lane for their students, be invited to tour the the museum, and attend concert performances by Mona Golabek at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in October.

One of the lessons The Children of Willesden Lane teaches is about the complexities of living during a time when Jewish people were faced with a decreasing range of choices in Nazi Germany leading to the Holocaust. Lisa Jura’s story teaches us what it means to be a refugee, to be alone, and nationless. Even though she escaped the concentration camps, she was not spared the pain of her parents’ deaths and the concern over the fates of her sisters. I am reminded of the point in the book where the war has ended and Lisa’s schoolmates are celebrating in the streets.  The end of the war marked the beginning of a devastating time for Lisa and her Jewish friends who had to find out what had happened to their family members outside of England. The story beautifully ties together the themes of family and history.

Why is it important to learn about this history?

Read More

Topics: English Language Arts, Holocaust

2018-19 Back to School Message

Posted by Liz Vogel on August 13, 2018

Liz Vogel, Los Angeles Director for Facing History and Ourselves, shares some thoughts and upcoming opportunities for Southern California educators as schools start the school year.

Read More

2018 Upstanders from LA Partnership Schools

Posted by Mary Hendra on April 27, 2018

Each year, Los Angeles Facing History Partnership Schools are invited to nominate upstanders in their school community - individuals and groups whose actions have made a difference in the lives of others. In 2018, we are pleased to recognize the following upstanders, each described in the words of their nominator

Read More

Topics: Upstanders, Upstander, Los Angeles

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History: Educating Immigrants about Their Legal Rights

Posted by Monica Brady-Myerov on April 11, 2018

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History is an ongoing series with Listenwise. This series connects Facing History’s themes with today’s current events using public radio to guide and facilitate discussions around the social issues of our time. Listenwise is a regular feature on our Facing Today blog, and we are happy to now launch a special California series with Listenwise where we make connections to issues as they are particularly relevant for Californians.

 

Education is often the key to successful integration of immigrants and refugees into new countries. Understanding the laws of the country for newly arrived people is also critical. In Sacramento, California a new program was started to help refugees and immigrants understand their legal rights in the United States. The goal of the “Understanding Your Rights” program in Sacramento is to protect the rights of every individual who comes in contact with the legal system and provide understanding of the laws if they become the victim of crime or when renting housing, as well as to understand their constitutional rights and civic responsibilities.

Read More

The Quest for Equal Rights through Nonviolent Protest: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Hrant Dink

Posted by Guest Blogger on April 9, 2018

 

April 4 was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The impact that Dr. King made spanned not just the South nor just the U.S. but influenced and continues to influence people around the world to raise their voices, pick up their pens, and speak of justice for all. Dr. King built on the momentum of Gandhi and made nonviolent protest an essential pillar of any civil rights movement. We see this influence even 50 years later in the life and assassination of Hrant Dink.

Read More

CA Social Studies Educators Conference

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 17, 2018

Looking for inspiration? The California Council for the Social Studies holds its annual conference next week in San Diego and we have many activities to share! Not yet registered? There is still time to register. In addition to all of the sessions below where you can find Facing History, Sunday includes a live Gubernatorial Candidates Forum and administrators with one or more teachers registered for the conference can attend the Administrator's Colloquim for free!

Read More

CA English Teachers Conference

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 16, 2018

We were proud to be part of two sessions at the California Association of Teachers of English conference March 9-11. Thanks to all who joined us, and for those who could not come in person, here’s a taste of what we shared.

Read More

Topics: Literature, Memoir

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History: The Fate of Confederate Monuments

Posted by Monica Brady-Myerov on March 9, 2018

Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History is an ongoing series with Listenwise. This series connects Facing History’s themes with today’s current events using public radio to guide and facilitate discussions around the social issues of our time. Listenwise is a regular feature on our Facing Today blog, and we are happy to now launch a special California series with Listenwise where we make connections to issues as they are particularly relevant for Californians.

Read More

Pop-Up Art Exhibition Coming to LA

Posted by Jason David on January 9, 2018

 

Into-Action, a large scale pop-up art exhibition addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, opens up in Los Angeles on January 13th.

Read More

Topics: Art

The Breadwinner: Using Facing History to Extend the Film Discussions

Posted by Mary Hendra on October 30, 2017

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis has inspired a beautifully-animated film soon-to-be released to theaters. Both highlight a role in the world today not often discussed: children of war who must take on the role of provider or "breadwinner" for themselves and/or their family. This role is further complicated in the setting of Afghanistan, where tightly-controlled gender expectations limit what women or girls can do.

Read More

Welcome to Learn+Teach+Share

This blog helps Southern California teachers connect directly with each other, share ideas, and learn about new resources and opportunities for those interested in or already implementing Facing History.

Learn More:  

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts