Facing History and Ourselves Inc.

People Make Choices, Choices Make History

aka Facing History and Ourselves   |   Boston, MA   |  http://www.facinghistory.org

Mission

Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Facing History uses a unique approach that integrates civics, equity, and social-emotional learning (SEL) into core academic content. When Facing History pedagogy and curriculum are integrated into the classroom, educators provide opportunities for students to develop SEL and civic skills and dispositions, including tolerance and empathy, the ability to communicate across difference, a capacity for ethical reflection, a commitment to the common good, and a belief that each person's choices and actions matter, all of which prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and productive individuals.

Ruling year info

1994

President and CEO

Dr. Roger Brooks

Main address

89 South Street Suite 401

Boston, MA 02111 USA

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EIN

04-2761636

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Facing History and Ourselves

Facing History offers middle and high school teachers, schools, and districts a comprehensive, sustained program that integrates SEL, equity, and civic learning into professional learning, curricular resources, and educator support for continuous improvement. We are experts in creating emotionally and intellectually engaging curriculum and delivering transformative training programs. Facing History’s professional learning engages adults as learners, rather than simply adding to content knowledge or providing supplemental programs. In fact, 99% of teachers surveyed would recommend Facing History professional development to their colleagues, compared to the 29% US average for teachers’ satisfaction with professional development, as reported by the Gates Foundation.

Facing History’s program includes:
Face-to-face and online professional learning experiences, including seminars, workshops, webinars, and self-paced experiences in our On-Demand Learning Center;
Case studies, units, lessons, teaching strategies, and other supplementary resources for middle and high school social studies and English language arts courses; and
Educator support, including both in-person and virtual mentoring and coaching.

Applying these practices, educators learn how to explore pivotal moments of history and complex ethical dilemmas in literature in a way that is both relevant to students' lives and develops their critical thinking, social-emotional, and civic education skills and competencies.

In addition we have two initiatives that are both standalone and integrated into all of our work:
- Current Events in Your Classroom provides the tools, training, and resources to help teachers and students build media literacy and examine difficult topics in the news as they unfold, such as ongoing immigration debates, voting rights, and devastating hate crimes. Our current events Explainers and Teaching Ideas provide teachers with strategies to address breaking news in ways that provide context and comfort, and connect history to today’s headlines.
- Teaching for Equity and Justice workshop series is integrated into all of our seminars and also offered as a standalone workshop series or district-wide initiative. Designed as an adult learning journey, this series of four modules provides educators with opportunities to engage in self-reflection and examine the legacy of historical racism in American education. Throughout this learning journey, educators learn to identify and interrogate adult deficit-oriented mindsets and practices that hinder student engagement. In the endless quest for educational equity and justice, Facing History provides the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to empower students to reach their full potential.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers recruited

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Facing History and Ourselves

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the numbers of teachers that have chosen to implement elements of Facing History's content and programs into their day-to-day learning.

Number of teachers who demonstrate effective teaching practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Facing History and Ourselves

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of teachers that have fully implemented Facing History's content and programs by modeling their entire course off of our practices.

Number of schools in our Partner Network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Facing History and Ourselves

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of schools currently in our Partner Network, which are institutions that have built Facing History's values into the core of their teaching practices.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Facing History and Ourselves is in the final year of a growth plan and is well on track to meet its objectives. Our priorities are deepening impact, creating content, strengthening infrastructure, innovating digitally, cultivating systemic change, and promoting public conversation. These priorities are organized around three interdependent growth areas:

-Civic education: Investments in this area help to infuse whole classrooms, schools, and districts with an approach to education that fosters academic engagement with positive social-emotional learning gains.
-Content and innovation: Growth in this area extends Facing History's world-class scholarship and capacity for developing and sharing timely and relevant content, as well as for fostering learning communities among our network of teachers.
-Public engagement: Because no classroom exists in isolation, it is critical to engage members of the greater community in the conversations that begin with students and teachers in Facing History classrooms.

Facing History plans to implement its goals by:
- Positioning FHAO as a single school provider on programming that meets three critical education needs: social-emotional learning, civic education, and equity education.
- Focusing on systemic work in education by developing a school and district model where FH can be implemented throughout the system
- Adopting an online platform where we can begin to deliver self-paced learning and professional development to a large number of educators beyond the regions where we have presence

Facing History has more than 175 staff members at eight offices in the United States, partner entities in Canada and the UK, and educational partnerships around the world, including in South Africa, Rwanda, China, and Israel. In the 2014-15 school year, the organization conducted more than 375 professional development seminars, workshops, and webinars, both face-to-face and online. More than 1,200 educators participated in 50 in-depth seminars throughout the 2014-15 school year. Facing History has partnerships with school districts across the country, and a growing network of 79 Innovative Schools which implement Facing History across disciplines and grade levels, embracing the organization's core themes as foundational to their schools' missions.

Facing History is a world-class education and professional development organization committed to helping shape the next generation of informed civic participants worldwide. Through professional development training, follow-up support, and best-in-class educational resources, Facing History equips middle and high school educators to teach classroom lessons and units that integrate social-emotional learning, equity practices, and civic knowledge and skills into core academic content, including history, social studies, and English/Language Arts.

By studying the root causes of the Holocaust and other historical events marked by antisemitism, racism, and intolerance, students gain an understanding not only of how the past informs our world today, but also of the responsibility of individuals and groups to make a difference in their communities and in broader society. Facing History has a global footprint with seven U.S. sites and two international partner entities. In total, more than 145,000 educators in 134 countries use Facing History’s training and resources in their classrooms and, in turn, impact millions of students.

Facing History's effectiveness has been demonstrated by more than 140 external and internal evaluation studies that show Facing History positively impacts students’ skills for analyzing history, sense of civic agency, empathy, acceptance of those who do not share their beliefs, and prosocial behavior. Since 2015, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has rated Facing History and Ourselves as one of the top U.S. programs for social-emotional learning (SEL) for both middle and high school students. CASEL also recognizes us for using strategies that support educational equity, one of only nine models for 7-12th graders that do so. In 2020, Facing History’s SEL program was added to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) list of approved programs; we are one of only eight approved programs for middle schools and one of only four approved for high schools.

How we listen

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Facing History and Ourselves Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Julie Leff

Volunteer

Term: 2014 - 2022

Jeffrey Bussgang

Elizabeth Jick

Paul Berz

Karen Harrison

Jill Karp

Lawrence Levy

Richard Melvoin

Mark Fife

Cristina Fockler

Jill Garling

Saul Pannell

Cheryl Einhorn

Andrew Janower

Susie Richardson

Debra Engel

Lori Fife

Emily Leventhal

Judy Wise

Abdullah Antepli

Amy Carlson

Caretha Coleman

Edda Collins Coleman

Reggie Crenshaw

Judith Goldman

Stacy Sharpe Jones

Daniel Katz

Eunice Lee

Madeleine Levy

Lisa Mooney

Lee Pelton

Richard Perry

Deborah Plummer

Fernando Reimers

MyKhanh Shelton

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/3/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/03/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.