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

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

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

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

Being an Upstander Today

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 26, 2015

This month Facing History and Ourselves is the featured partner on Connected Learning TV for the series, Creating Upstanders in Today’s World. We are publishing the recorded webinars here with additional resources.

What does it mean to be civically engaged today?

Our final webinar in the series gave us the opportunity to look at what student upstanding looks like today, and I was struck by the small steps and mindsets that demonstrate student engagement.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, CLTV, Student Work, Upstander

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

Getting Equipped to Engage in Challenging Conversations

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 17, 2015

This month Facing History and Ourselves is the featured partner on Connected Learning TV for the series, Creating Upstanders in Today’s World. We are publishing the recorded webinars here with additional resources.

Becoming an upstander in today’s world includes being equipped and willing to engage with the challenging issues of our time, including race, class, and gender. We've seen this many times in the last year, as Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston, and other places with tragic violence have filled our news.

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Topics: Identity, Critical Thinking, CLTV, Upstander

CLTV: Creating a Safe and Reflective Classroom

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 5, 2015

This month Facing History is the featured partner on Connected Learning TV for the series, Creating Upstanders in Today's World. We are publishing the recorded webinars here with additional resources.

Our first webinar focused on Creating a Safe and Reflective Classroom.

The purpose of education is to cultivate thoughtful, informed, competent, creative, and compassionate students, who, filled with a sense of wonder and an appreciation of life in all its diversity, see themselves as active participants in creating a more just society."

- Doc Miller, Facing History and Ourselves

Doc and LA educator Stephanie Carrillo shared their experience and practical strategies for creating a safe, reflective, classroom community which forms the foundation for students to develop a sense of agency in the world. Doc has identified these as:

  • Mutual Respect
  • Space
  • Culture of Questioning
  • Silence
  • Student to Student Discussions
  • Connecting Content to Students’ Lives and to the World Today
  • Allowing for a Variety of Ways for Students to Express and Enrich Their Learning
  • Creating Space for Diverse Viewpoints
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Topics: Safe Schools, CLTV, Upstander

Creating Student Upstanders in Today’s World

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 2, 2015

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, student, or not currently involved with formal education, what can you do to foster an attitude of standing up to injustice?

Join educators from the Learn+Teach+Share blog this month in exploring together the steps and strategies that can help students recognize their voice and agency in today’s world.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, CLTV, Upstander

One Of Us? Or One Of Them?

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 13, 2015

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Choosing to Participate, Bullying, Critical Thinking, Facing History PSA, Upstander, A View from the Classroom

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