The Best of our Conference Season

Posted by Mary Hendra on April 1, 2016

During the last few months, Southern California has hosted many conferences including three statewide conferences at which Facing History and our teachers presented:

  • California Association of Teachers of English (CATE)
  • California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS)
  • CUE (the largest Education Technology conference on the West Coast at almost 7000 attendees!)

Do you want to see our presentations? Participate in the fun of an Exhibit Hall giveaway without the hassle of missing school? Keep reading. We have a special gift for those who couldn't make it to the conferences in person!At CCSS 2016

The fun of conferences comes from exploring a range of sessions, hearing amazing keynotes, and delving into the "goodies" of an Exhibit Hall. Below,

  • explore the range of sessions Facing History educators and staff presented at the three conferences,
  • hear about a fun keynote surprise, and
  • get your own Exhibit Hall giveaway - my favorite from the conference season.

How do you create rich prompts for student writing assignments, and then help students create strong responses? We explored this at our presentation at CATE, Scaffolding for Common Core–aligned Writing Prompts. Including specific examples from our Civil Rights Movement curriculum. Check out the presentation and related links here.

CCSS Conference Sessions

Civic Superheroes at CCSS2016Four of our fabulous Facing History Teacher Leaders presented at the CCSS Conference! Spanning content from hidden histories and common themes, World and US history, here were are sessions:

  • Race, Class, Gender, Religion: Where to Start?
  • From Good to Great: Transforming your Lessons with Facing History
  • Stitching Truth: Transforming Art into Activism
  • Nanjing War Crimes and the Quest for Justice

Click here to see all four presentation materials and related links.



And for the first time ever, Facing History was part of a presentation at the CUE conference! Students are media producers as well as consumers, so our pedagogical use of video is as important as the quality itself. At our session, True Engagement: Using Rich Video More Effectively, myself and co-presenter Michelle Sadrena Clark, shared resources for high quality video and engaging pedagogy. Click here to see our slideshow. One participant noted, "Thank you for bringing depth to CUE."

He also noted that they see a lot of tech and it is fun, but that it was so important to have us there to remind them how important it is to start with significant content that will get our students to think deeply.


A Keynote Surprise

While at CUE, we had the treat of hearing Pearl Arredondo, principal at San Fernando Institute of Applied Media, which is one of our Partnership Schools, as our closing keynote, highlighting the power of identity and using our great resource, The Bear that Wasn't to elucidate the idea!

CCSS 2016 booth


An Exhibit Hall Giveaway!

At every conference, we had a special bonus for deciding to go deeper with Facing History - signing up for one of our seminars during the conference. My favorite, the nerd that I am, is that we gave a free book at CCSS!

Do you want a free book? If so,

  1. Take a LOOK at any of the sessions noted above.
  2. POST A COMMENT on this page or the conference page.
  3. Then REGISTER for one of our seminars (listed below) by April 15. Scholarships are still available so register for your highest interest!

We will give you your free book on the first day of your seminar. Washington's Rebuke to Bigotry is a new book from Facing History. It is a great one to have at your fingertips this election season. Here are the conference pages:


Southern California seminars this summer:

  • June 15-17 plus June 23, 2016: a very special seminar on the Holocaust and Human Behavior. Utilizing the art of humanized online engagement as well as a face-to-face community of learners, this seminar examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. Learn more here. Scholarships available.
  • July 11-14, 2016: Race and Membership in American History: the Eugenics Movement. This seminar explores the origins of the concept of “race,” the emergence and legacy of the Eugenics movement, and the role of “race” in public policy that continues to impact the United States today. Register here. Scholarships available.
  • July 18-20, 2016: Armenian Genocide and International Justice. Facing History and Ourselves and the Dominguez Hills International Studies Project present a seminar that examine the events leading up to the systematic murder of over one million Armenians in 1915, and the role of justice and judgment in the aftermath of such atrocity. Register here.
  • July 26-28, 2016: Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird. This seminar introduces educators to Facing History's new resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel. Register here.
  • August 8-11, 2016: Race and Membership in American History: an interdisciplinary approach. This seminar, in partnership with the Museum of Man and Museum of Photographic Arts, explores the origins of the concept of “race,” the emergence and legacy of the Eugenics movement, and the role of “race” in public policy that continues to impact the United States today. Click here for more information and to register.


 CATE Conference Session

Topics: Common Core, Critical Thinking, workshop, Teaching Strategy, Community Event, Using Technology

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