Creator of Ms. Marvel Inspires Student Upstanders and Vice Versa

Posted by Mary Hendra on May 11, 2016

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.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Los Angeles, Upstander, Community Event

Change the Story - YALLWEST

Posted by Liz Vogel on April 27, 2016

Facing History is proud to partner with YALLWEST Book Festival, the only book festival on the west coast dedicated to young adult literature. YALLWEST has generously provided funding for buses to bring students from a handful of Facing History schools to participate in the festival this coming weekend in Santa Monica. They've also donated hundreds of novels and graphic novels for Facing History students.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Los Angeles, Book, Community Event, In the news

Celebrating Upstanders

Posted by Mary Hendra on April 21, 2016

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.)

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Topics: Upstander

3 Ways to Celebrate National Library Week!

Posted by Mary Hendra on April 12, 2016

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:

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Topics: Teaching, Teaching Strategy, Book

Seminars in Los Angeles, Summer 2016

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves on April 11, 2016

All of our seminars feature strategies which deepen students' mastery of Common Core skills, access to follow-up coaching and the Facing History lending library, and involvement in a network of Facing History educators locally and internationally.  We hope you can join us! 

San Diego teachers, we have a seminar for you as well! Click here for more information about San Diego events.

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The Best of our Conference Season

Posted by Mary Hendra on April 1, 2016

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!

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Topics: Common Core, Critical Thinking, workshop, Teaching Strategy, Community Event, Using Technology

Opportunities for San Diego Teachers

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves on March 22, 2016

What is the responsibility of the international community when mass murder and genocide occurs? 

2015 marked the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, but its legacy lives on. In these two days, hosted by the San Diego County Office of Education, we will examine the events leading up to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians, the role of justice and judgment in the aftermath of such atrocity, and the legacy of international justice in the world today. 

Sign up for either or both sessions. This workshop is applicable for English/Language Arts, World History, US History, and Government classes. 

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Use Rich Video More Effectively: Tools from Our Talk at CUE National Conference

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 17, 2016

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!

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Spring Student Opportunities

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 8, 2016

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.  

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Los Angeles, Student Work, Upstander

Best of Our CCSS 2016 Resources: Four Great Presentations for Social Studies Educators

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 1, 2016

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.  

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