There was a time when American History teachers had to just "hold tight" until their course chronology met up with available Facing History resources on the Eugenics movement (late 1800s/early 1900s), and 20th century issues around immigration, education, and "race."
What and where do you think about when you hear the term "race relations" in the United States?
- the South?
- the Civil Rights Movement?
- the Civil War?
- Los Angeles?
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.
- How do you create a school culture that reads together, ponders big ideas, has a common language, and stands up for each other?
- What does it mean for civic participation that our students are now "digital natives"?
- How can teachers implement curriculum that is both rigorous and meaningful? ...that engages students in thinking about critical moments in history and their personal choices?
While you're waiting for the Academy Awards to start, share your thoughts about films with a Facing History connection!
In America, nearly one in four children is an immigrant or was born to immigrant parents. Our classrooms are meeting a growing influx of students who speak little to no English, who are unfamiliar with American culture, and, in some cases, who lack formal education. The fate of these young immigrants is at the core of America’s continually emerging identity." - Jean-Michel Dissard, filmmaker
On November 3rd, Facing History and Ourselves is pleased to host a screening of I Learn America: One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans. The screening will be followed by a conversation with UCLA Graduate School of Education Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, filmmaker Jean-Michel Dissard and students featured in the film. Jean-Michel shared some of his thoughts with us in preview of the event.
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."
Imagine a Los Angeles where we consistently treat each other with civility, compassion, and understanding, across all backgrounds, where there is genuine curiosity for others' stories and a willingness to question long-held assumptions. Imagine a Los Angeles where civic participation is part of our ethos, where individuals engage in dialogue and discussion with a common vocabulary, where we are able to confront the difficult moments of our past and its legacies in order to foster a shared sense of responsibility for our future. Where young people come first, where we invest in education and in our teachers, where it really is the best place to learn and to live.
We could do this. You can help.
Mayor Tom Bradley. His name is given to a number of buildings around the city – the international terminal at LAX being perhaps the most prominent. But, did you know…
Liz Vogel became Los Angeles Director of Facing History and Ourselves in June 2014. Previously, she held the position of Director of Development, West Coast, working with individuals and institutions in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to increase awareness and support for our programs. Liz joined Facing History in 2001; her expertise includes fundraising, governance and external affairs.