Facing History and Ourselves Canada

Facing History has provided professional development to Canadian teachers since 1981, and formed a Toronto-based, Canadian registered charity in 2008. We now provide nearly 3,000 teachers across Canada with training and resources, reaching more than 150,000 students each year.

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Helping You Nurture a Love of Reading

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on September 15, 2021

For many educators, back to school is a time of excitement; the idea of inspiring young readers, fostering new understanding, smelling and holding books together as a classroom community brings delight. You hope students will bee-line to the bookshelf during independent and community reading time.  

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Topics: Books, Readings, Diversity, Reading

A Message for Educators on the Crisis in Israel and Palestine

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on May 27, 2021

As the ceasefire in Israel and Gaza continues to hold, Facing History and Ourselves mourns the loss of life and bears witness to the trauma wrought by the conflict. We recognize that addressing the recent violence will require careful preparation by both educators and students.

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Topics: Teaching Resources, current events

Honouring and Remembering Theodore Fontaine

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on May 20, 2021

As many of you have already heard, our dear friend, mentor, and teacher Theodore (Ted) Fontaine passed away last week.  Like many of you, we are deeply saddened by his passing and sending our love and support to his family.  We are also immensely grateful for his friendship and for the legacy that he created with us.

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Thoughtfully Choosing Texts in an English Classroom

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on May 10, 2021

Choosing a piece of literature for your course is an important decision. Take a moment to reflect on the very small number of books you will have the opportunity to introduce to your students in any given year. Stories have the potential to help students understand different perspectives, question their surroundings, and build empathy in meaningful and communal ways. With such an important role to play, these are some of the questions we encourage you to consider when deciding how to develop a course and which texts to teach:

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Topics: To Kill a Mockingbird, Books, English Language Arts, English Classroom, Literature, English

Understanding Contemporary Issues Through a Deep Understanding of History: A Resource List

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on September 14, 2020

This resource list is part of a blog titled, Engaging as Co-Conspirators in Anti-Racism Work, which is a statement about our commitment as the staff of Facing History and Ourselves Canada to our mission to stand up against bigotry and racism. The Facing History and Ourselves Canada team have been reading, watching, and learning from the following resources. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we would love to hear from you what you are reading, and who are the voices that you are learning from. 

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Learning, reflection, Reading List, Scope & Sequence, anti-racism

Engaging as Co-Conspirators in Anti-Racism Work

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on September 14, 2020

As an organization, our mission is to use lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. In this blog post, we share our learning (thus far) about how we can work to be anti-racist educators in hopes that this approach, the ideas, and the resources we’ve found helpful in our learning will be helpful to you, your colleagues and the students you teach. 

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Equity in Education, anti-racism

Facing History Teachers Answer the Question: Why do you teach?

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on February 22, 2017

At Facing History, we are grateful to work with many talented teachers who are so dedicated to making a difference in the lives of their students. 
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Topics: Students, Teaching, Facing History and Ourselves, Teachers, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Holocaust Education, CHG, CHC

Facing History Together Student Essay Contest

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on February 3, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest

Making Choices in Today's World

Facing History and Ourselves teaches us to think about the world in new ways, igniting conversations about how we can build societies free from racism, antisemitism, bullying, and hatred of all kinds. 

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Topics: Facing History Together, Holocaust, Holocaust Education, Essay Contest

Remember the Holocaust Today, and Everyday

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada on January 26, 2017

 

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and indeed everyday, it is important to remind ourselves of how important it is that we learn about the Holocaust and hear the stories of Holocaust survivors.

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Topics: Holocaust, Holocaust and Human Behavior, Canada, Holocaust Education, genocide

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