Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Many of the teaching ideas featured in this Web site were developed by Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit educational organization. Facing History’s mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote a more humane and informed citizenry.
As the name Facing History and Ourselves implies, the organization helps students make essential connections between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. They do this by examining the development and lessons of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide. This type of study helps young people think critically about their own behavior and the effect that their actions have on their community, their nation, and the world.
Founded in 1976 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Facing History has evolved from an innovative course taught in local middle schools to an international organization that serves communities throughout the United States and abroad. More than 17,000 educators around the world have participated in a Facing History workshop or institute. Each year these educators reach an estimated 1.5 million middle and high school students with important lessons about the dangers of prejudice and the power of civic participation.
The curriculum guide for The Children of Willesden Lane was co-developed by Facing History and the Milken Family Foundation, which sponsored the dissemination of the Guide. The curriculum guide is based on Facing History inquiry practices.