Jason David

Jason David is a senior program associate in the Facing History and Ourselves Los Angeles office. He is a former high school Humanities teacher who has worked in both public and independent school settings. He has taught curriculum focusing on United States and world history through an interdisciplinary lens, led advisory programming and been a member of a formal diversity, equity and inclusion leadership team tasked with developing curriculum to explore issues of identity and diversity, responding to bias incidents, and working proactively to develop an inclusive school climate.

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Leaving a Legacy: Student Action Projects

Posted by Jason David on May 19, 2022

This is the fifth story in our series, “A Network of Innovation: Ideas, Questions, and Wisdom from our LA Partner Schools.” This week, seniors at Animo Jackie Robinson are formally presenting their Student Action Projects, the culminating act of their Ethnic Studies course and a rich high school learning trajectory that emphasizes upstanding and community engagement. Ethnic Studies teacher Jasmin Gonzalez describes not only how students complete this challenging project, but how it takes an entire school community and coordinated, vertical planning to pull it off. While the experience is uniquely envisioned and carried out by Animo Jackie Robinson, the connections to Facing History’s focus on upstanding, core pedagogical approach, and support for interdisciplinary learning stand out as core elements that make our partner schools a dream to work with. 

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Upstanders, student activism, interdisciplinary, action project

Memorializing as Upstanding: Culminating an Interdisciplinary Unit on the Holocaust

Posted by Jason David on May 12, 2022

This is the fourth story in our series, “A Network of Innovation: Ideas, Questions, and Wisdom from our LA Partner Schools.” Cleveland Humanities Magnet has a long history of innovative, interdisciplinary, and rigorous educational programming. Upon joining the Facing History Los Angeles Partnership School Network four years ago, two 12th-grade teachers attended a summer seminar on the Holocaust and Human Behavior. Victor Silva teaches the historical anchor of an interdisciplinary unit that combines philosophy, literature and digital humanities. He has also developed a remarkable memorial project that challenges his students to go beyond learning and consider how they will ensure this history is not forgotten.

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Topics: Memorials, Memory, Memorial, Upstander, Holocaust and Human Behaviour, unit, interdisciplinary

A Network of Innovation: Ideas, Questions, and Wisdom from our LA Partner Schools

Posted by Jason David on April 26, 2022

Over the next four weeks, we will be using this blog to feature a range of voices, ideas, and curricular projects within our Los Angeles Partners School Network. This network of partner schools in the Los Angeles area, ranging from South LA to the northeast San Fernando Valley, and from East LA to Mid City, represents some of our most in-depth collaboration with educators and schools. The educators and school leaders have much to share about innovative programming, building whole school culture, and creatively navigating challenges. We hope you enjoy their stories, feel inspired and find great ideas. 

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Topics: School Culture, Innovative Classrooms, Los Angeles, Learning, reflection, Powering Up Facing History Lessons, partner, series, network

The Power of Empathy

Posted by Jason David on November 20, 2019

 

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Topics: Empathy

Back to School - Setting the Tone

Posted by Jason David on August 12, 2019

As LA area schools go back to school, we want to feature the new "Back to School Toolkit" from Facing History. Each day this week, we will showcase one part of the toolkit.

The first days of school are so important for setting the tone of the class.  How do you signal to students that you are interested in being in partnership with them?

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Topics: Back-To-School

9th Grade Upstanders

Posted by Jason David on May 7, 2019

I recently had the kind of conversation an educator needs at this time of the year.

Claudia Bautista is a dedicated and skilled teacher at Santa Monica High School. She described a group of ninth grade students who took on a service learning project, and in challenging an injustice they saw on their own campus, exemplified youth agency and the promise of civic education.

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Topics: Upstanders, Los Angeles, Upstander

Looking Back to Move Forward: The Legacy of Reconstruction

Posted by Jason David on September 13, 2018

I recently facilitated a workshop in San Diego on the Reconstruction Era; it was a wonderful experience engaging with educators looking to teach US history through the lens of “identity and agency.” There was, of course, so much more I wish we could have covered about this  “unfinished revolution;” this pivotal period in US history, that in some sense, “never ended,” as historian Eric Foner describes it.

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Topics: Reconstruction

Pop-Up Art Exhibition Coming to LA

Posted by Jason David on January 9, 2018

 

Into-Action, a large scale pop-up art exhibition addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, opens up in Los Angeles on January 13th.

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Topics: Art

Democracy Under Fire

Posted by Jason David on October 10, 2017

William Hastie, the first African American to serve as a federal judge, asserted, “Democracy is a process, not a static condition. It is becoming, rather than being. It can easily be lost, but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.”

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Topics: Democracy

Choosing Our Language

Posted by Jason David on August 17, 2017

We’ve been hearing from a number of teachers that one of the key challenges in trying to facilitate conversation about the events in Charlottesville is determining what language to use, particularly in relation to groups and people.

Here are a few recommendations from our conversations:

 

  1. Let’s directly engage and confront the issue of white supremacy.
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Topics: current events, race

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