Literature has the power to nurture our capacity for empathy and to strengthen our communities. Our All Community Read events harness this power and bring together people from across our network – educators, students, staff, and supporters – to build shared understanding, create a shared experience, and open up conversations that connect to our mission and work.
Change never happens at the pace we think it should. It happens over years of people joining together, strategizing, sharing, and pulling all the levers they possibly can.
Learning for Everyone
We will be offering professional learning events for educators and special virtual discussions for students, supporters, and members of our learning community throughout the year to support this All Community Read, including a virtual author keynote with Judy Heumann on March 1, 2023. Learn more and register below.
Get started with an on-demand introduction to Heumann’s memoir.
Heumann’s story recounts moments from her coming of age as a polio survivor and her lifelong work as a disability rights activist. These memoirs raise important questions about how we create communities of inclusion and belonging and how young people can learn to stand up when they see injustice and unfairness.
We’ve designed a host of resources for ELA teachers and other educators who want to read one of these books with students. Our Coming of Age in a Complex World Collection contains multiple resources that can be used by teachers and students to support Judy Heumann's powerful memoir.
Through our past All Community Reads, we have witnessed the power of shared reading. Explore resources and past events supporting community reads of books such as Wonder, Brown Girl Dreaming, and Enrique's Journey.
Get tips for planning your whole-school read of the young adult novel Wonder. This guide provides direction on how to structure classroom discussions and includes pre- and post-reading activities. It also features a "write your own precept" template for use in a final school-wide activity.
Women’s History Month not only provides the opportunity to further examine the profound ways in which women teachers, and broader perceptions of women, have shaped the teaching profession itself, but also reveals areas of patriarchal rhetoric we must disrupt in order to cultivate school communities that do right by teachers and students.
The world of podcasting offers a platform for marginalized peoples to share their stories that would otherwise go unheard. Facing History provides five podcasts produced by Native American individuals dedicated to fostering healing within their own communities through the process of telling their stories and sharing their insights.
With the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) currently taking place, Facing History hand-selected a curated list of conference events that speak to the Indigenous ways of conceiving of the natural world and its relationship to humanity.
During American Archives Month this October, Facing History wants to highlight the importance of primary sources to our pedagogical approach by offering five time-tested teaching strategies designed to incorporate analysis of primary sources into educator lesson plans.
In order for educators to ensure that LGBTQIA+ histories get their due in the classroom all year long, Facing History provides five reads that reflect on evolving ways of narrating the past, while centering underacknowledged narratives and protagonists who may not have been considered appropriate historical subjects in prior eras.
In honor of LGTBQ History Month, Facing History provides a list of ten documentary films and television series for an opportunity to gain knowledge of LGBTQIA+ histories and for educators to ensure these histories are addressed in the classroom.
5 New Books on Native American History, Life, and Resistance
In honor of Native American Heritage Month this November, Facing History staff members selected five new books exploring significant thematic grounds of Native American history and identity to highlight the importance of engaging students in exploring the histories and contemporary realities of Native American peoples beyond this month.
In honor of Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, Facing History takes the opportunity to remember the pain, suffering, and loss sustained by the victims of the Holocaust, their families, and the generations that have followed them.
Earth Day grants educators the opportunity to consider the ecological issues facing the planet and the unique ways that they are impacting the young people in their classrooms, which both elevates youth activism surrounding the issue and provides a healthy environment to process "ecological grief."
How to Build an Affirming Classroom in the Face of Anti-Trans Legislation
In response to the rise of legislation targeting transgender people, Facing History provides resources for educators to build an affirming, welcoming class community for your students, especially trans and non-binary students.