The 1619 Project

Posted by Mary Hendra on September 29, 2019

Facing History is proud to be partnering with The 1619 Project to get materials into the hands of teachers who wish to use this resource with their students.

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.

If you are in the Southern California area, we invite you to come to a free, open house at the Facing History LA office in downtown Los Angeles to pick up magazines and broadsheets from The New York Times. We will hold this open house five times over the next 6 weeks to make it available for teachers on each day of the week.

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Topics: Slavery, In the news

Star Wars and Facing History

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 24, 2016

As we prepare for our summer seminars at Facing History, we start seeing connections to our work everywhere, even Star Wars. It turns out we aren't the only one! We are pleased to share the following excerpt from the soon-to-be-released, The World According to Star Wars, from the chapter, Rebels, by Cass R. Sunstein.

Star Wars isn’t a political tract, but it has a political message. After all, it opposes an Empire to a Republic, and a First Order to a Resistance, and its heroes are rebels, who want to return peace and justice to the galaxy.

That’s one reason for the universal appeal of the saga. Whatever your political convictions, and wherever you live, you’re likely to see an Emperor of some kind, and you’re likely to have some sympathy for the rebels or the Resistance. Your teacher or your boss might seem like an Emperor. Maybe your nation’s leader reminds you of Palpatine; maybe the opposing party is the Resistance….

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Critical Thinking, Bystander, Book, In the news

Change the Story - YALLWEST

Posted by Liz Vogel on April 27, 2016

Facing History is proud to partner with YALLWEST Book Festival, the only book festival on the west coast dedicated to young adult literature. YALLWEST has generously provided funding for buses to bring students from a handful of Facing History schools to participate in the festival this coming weekend in Santa Monica. They've also donated hundreds of novels and graphic novels for Facing History students.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Los Angeles, Book, Community Event, In the news

How do you stay engaged?

Posted by Mary Hendra on December 6, 2015

This is not the blog post I wanted to write. How do you respond when lives have been lost?

San Bernardino

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?

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Topics: Los Angeles, In the news

Why My Daughters Love Malala

Posted by Stephanie Carrillo on September 10, 2015

Last summer I read the book I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban for a book club. It's not often that I read a book and want to immediately share it with my daughters (mostly because their ages are 15, 13 and 7) but I found Yousafzai's memoir so compelling and inspiring, I couldn't help but share her story with my children. That summer, I read the book aloud to my girls nightly and found that not only did they love the book, but they also felt a strong connection to the author. Each evening as we curled up in one of their beds for the night's installment of the memoir, they became more invested in the story, interested in the issues the book raised, and inspired by her example. On a recent trip to the bookstore, my 7 year old saw a poster of Yousafzai and exclaimed with delight, "Look, it's Malala! Oh I just LOVE her!" And why not? They feel connected to and inspired by Malala in four key ways.

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Topics: Community Event, In the news

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


Posted by Mary Hendra on January 7, 2015

The film Selma opens across the nation this week. It is a powerful story of the Civil Rights Movement through a critical moment and place.

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Topics: Civil Rights Movement, Film, Choosing to Participate, In the news

Top 5 Posts of 2014

Posted by Mary Hendra on December 24, 2014

2014 has been a great year for our blog, and we appreciate all of the writers, guests, commentors, partners, and inspiration that has been part of Learn+Teach+Share! So a big "THANK YOU" for being part of this community, with a snapshot of the top posts this year - as evidenced by page views and comments.

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Topics: Safe Schools, In the news, Using Technology

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

Michael Brown

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 20, 2014

As a teacher, you carefully prepare for your students, plan your lessons, develop curriculum that will meet expectations of administrators, engage students, and build critical skills for academic success. And then, there are the news items – local or global – that capture students’ hearts and minds, and change the possibilities or environment of the classroom.

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Topics: In the news

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