Jasmine Wong

Jasmine Wong is a senior program associate for Facing History and Ourselves. She lives in Toronto and works with educators across Canada to provide professional learning, curriculum resources and support.

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Get Ready For Our New Name and New Look!

Posted by Jasmine Wong on October 23, 2014

Since we began our blog two years ago, our goal has always been to recognize the amazing work of the teachers we work with in Canada.

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Topics: News, Facing History Together, Facing History and Ourselves, Canada

Roger Brooks Named President and CEO of Facing History

Posted by Jasmine Wong on October 20, 2014

Facing History and Ourselves is pleased to share the following message to the Facing History community from Julie A. Leff and Tracy Palandjian, Co-Chairs of Facing History’s Board of Directors, and Seth A. Klarman, Chair of our Board of Trustees.

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Topics: News, Facing History and Ourselves

Using Digital Storytelling to Develop Student Voice

Posted by Jasmine Wong on October 14, 2014

Harbord Collegiate Institute student Imogen Bysshe reflects on her learning from Radiozilla, a student-led radio broadcast project with Facing History and Ourselves and Regent Park Focus.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Facing History Together, EdTech, Media Skills, Radiozilla, In the news

Can One Teacher Change Your Life?

Posted by Jasmine Wong on October 5, 2014

If you had a $5,000 classroom gift to give to a teacher for changing your life, who would you give it to?

At the Toronto office here at Facing History, we know so many teachers who work tirelessly and selflessly to give students learning experiences, words of wisdom, encouragement, and kindness to make meaningful change in their students' lives.

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Topics: Choosing to Participate, Facing History Together, Innovative Classrooms

Fresh Ideas and New Opportunities for 2014-2015

Posted by Jasmine Wong on September 11, 2014

Welcome back to school! As you start to get settled into your courses and plan the weeks ahead, here are a few opportunities to get excited about if you are keen to bring more Facing History and Ourselves into your classrooms.

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Topics: Back-To-School, Events, English Classroom

How do we honour Nelson Mandela's legacy?

Posted by Jasmine Wong on July 18, 2013

Today, former South African President and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela turns 95. In honor of his birthday, citizens around the world are donating 67 minutes of their time to the greater good in honor of the 67 years Mandela dedicated to public service.

If you are donating 67 minutes today, we’d love to hear what you’re doing.

I wanted to do my 67 minutes – theoretically, shouldn’t we do this every day? – but when I started thinking of what to do, I struggled. I often think that my work as a program associate for Facing History is contributing to the greater good. In fact, I think of teachers in schools worldwide as leading lives of public service. So aren’t we, I thought, kind of exempt from such calls to action?

But that feels too easy, (and a bit lazy). So let me ask you, as teachers, are we living lives of public service and, if so, to what aims? What would it look like if we were to commit 67 minutes of our classroom time to public service in a way that would truly honour Mandela?

With that frame in mind, I wonder if we teach and interact in a way that promotes the respect and freedom of students? Do we as educators actively promote peace, integrity, and conscience in our students? Do we fight for equality amongst our colleagues? Do we structure our classrooms and schools to promote harmony and provide equal opportunities for all our students?

And when we speak about Mandela (if that’s how we choose to honour him in our 67-minute class), how do we connect him to our students so that they see him in the monumental way that he spoke to our generation? When we speak about his legacy and his aims, do we address the inequities, the racism, the unofficial apartheids that exist in our communities, or the violence that continues today?


How will you use your 67 minutes of Nelson Mandela-inspired service?


This post connects to Legacy and Choosing to Participate Facing History and Ourselves' Teaching Scope and Sequence


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Topics: Choosing to Participate, legacy, In the news

A True Teacher

Posted by Jasmine Wong on May 8, 2013

To all the true teachers who have taught us invaluable lessons and shaped us along the way, a special thanks to you. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week.

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Topics: In the news

iWitness Webinar and Class Contest!

Posted by Jasmine Wong on May 2, 2013

IWitness Archive Gives Voice to Holocaust Witnesses: Free Webinars and Student Contest

Facing History Offers IWitness Webinars for Teachers May 9 and May 14 2013
In May 2013, Facing History will offer two free webinars for educators on powerful ways to use the IWitness tool.

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Topics: Events, History, Innovative Classrooms, Media Skills, Holocaust Education, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course

Making Breakthroughs: Using Spoken Word Poetry to Teach History

Posted by Jasmine Wong on April 22, 2013

April 17, 2013
Julia Rappaport of Facing History tells of one way educators can use spoken word poetry to engage students and enrich the teaching of history. [full article to follow!]

An innovative new collaboration taking place in Canada this spring is connecting classrooms and teaching students literacy and performance skills through the study of history and spoken word poetry. “Stand Up, Speak Out,” a four-week program designed by Facing History and Ourselves, is bringing professional spoken word artists into Grade 11 classrooms as part of a unit of study that explores the history of genocide and issues of identity, tolerance, and community.

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Topics: Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, Lesson Ideas, Literature

Collaborative Inquiry using NIGHT: An Interview with Professor Rob Simon

Posted by Jasmine Wong on April 8, 2013

In this interview, we asked Rob Simon, Assistant Professor of Multiliteracies in Education at OISE/University of Toronto (Dept of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning), to tell us more about the Teaching to Learn Project so we could better understand how and why collaborative (teacher-adolescent) curriculum planning worked, why he chose Elie Wiesel's Night as the study text, and where he got the idea to ask project participants to paint on the pages of the text as a form of reading response.

The images below are the culmination of those responses, which were mounted in an exhibition titled After Night.

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Topics: Facing History Resources, Innovative Classrooms, Holocaust Education, Lesson Ideas, English Classroom


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