StoryCorps and the Great Thanksgiving Listen with Facing History in Los Angeles

Posted by Mary Hendra on November 1, 2015

StoryCorps's mobile booth is in Los Angeles this month, which makes us appreciate all the more the power of stories. I'm always amazed by the depth and breadth of stories a simple conversation with another person can yield. 

Here's one of the animated StoryCorps shorts I found recently that is quickly becoming a favorite:

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Topics: Identity, Los Angeles, Community Event, Using Technology

The Promise of Los Angeles

Posted by Guest Blogger on October 24, 2015

LA2050 is an initiative that invites us all to innovate, imagine and create the future of Los Angeles. Facing History LA has a vision for strengthening the opportunity for youth to shape Los Angeles to be more compassionate, more engaged. Here one teacher shares his experience of this work. If you like what you read, vote for us in the LA2050 competition and share with others! We'd love to give this opportunity to youth from all over Los Angeles.

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Topics: Los Angeles, Urban Education, Upstander, Community Event, A View from the Classroom

You don't have to wait! 10 Facing History & Ourselves Resources For Early American History

Posted by Dan Alba on September 23, 2015

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."

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Topics: Reconstruction, Teaching, Los Angeles, Race and Membership in American History: Eugenics

A Different Story of Race Relations

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 18, 2015

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?
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Topics: Los Angeles, Race and Membership in American History: Eugenics, Upstander

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

A Day of Conversation

Posted by Mary Hendra on February 26, 2015

  • 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?
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Topics: Safe Schools, Los Angeles, Urban Education, Community Event, A View from the Classroom

It's time to vote!

Posted by Mary Hendra on February 22, 2015

While you're waiting for the Academy Awards to start, share your thoughts about films with a Facing History connection!

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Topics: Film, Los Angeles, In the news

Film Screening: I Learn America

Posted by Mary Hendra on October 30, 2014

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.

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Topics: Los Angeles, Urban Education, In the news

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

Imagine a Los Angeles...

Posted by Liz Vogel on September 6, 2014

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.

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Topics: Los Angeles, Urban Education

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