For almost 25 years, Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit professional development program for teachers and civic education programs, has engaged teachers and students of diverse backgrounds. Through an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism, Facing History “promotes the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.” By studying the Holocaust and other examples of collective violence, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. The Facing History web site offers teachers and others in the community occasions to study the past, explore new ideas and approaches, and develop practical models for civic engagement that link history to the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world. Facing History helps students find answers to their questions, such as: How can we prevent violence and end racism and anti-Semitism? How do we find the courage to protect human rights so that “never again” truly means that we have learned something by studying the events that led to one of the most violent times in the 20th century? The web site provides information on resource materials, ongoing teacher support, and professional development training through a partnership with VIS Corp., providers of web-based learning.

http://www.facinghistory.org