As we finish out the year, here are our top 5 posts from 2015 based on page views.
This is not the blog post I wanted to write. How do you respond when lives have been lost?
And what about the lives lost which don’t make national news?
Walking into the metro station earlier this week my husband and I started talking with one of the station workers. He was holding his breath as he walked upstairs with us – hoping not to find the dead body of a homeless man, as had happened the day before.
Are we, like this station worker, holding our breath to not have a dead body to deal with today?
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:
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.
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.