We are excited to build on our collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization with offices all across the U.S. and in London and Toronto. Their mission is to to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. They have amazing resources for teachers where you can find compelling classroom resources, learn new teaching methods, meet standards, and make a difference in the lives of your students.

We’ve been collaborating with Facing History and Ourselves over the past few years by contributing to their blog, Facing Today, with the series Today’s News, Tomorrow’s History. Each blog focuses on a theme found in a Listenwise audio story and includes resources from both Listenwise and Facing History. You can view the collection here or check out our latest lesson about the future for teachers with DACA or read about  What Students Understand about Slavery.

We are now expanding our collaboration to have California themed lessons with Facing History Los Angeles on their blog, Learn + Teach + Share. In California, Listenwise has collaborated to support a professional development session with an emphasis on listening skills (using a story on removing Confederate monuments) and has started contributing monthly blog posts. Check out the latest blog about helping immigrants and refugees understand their legal rights in Sacramento and stay tuned for upcoming resources!

We will continue to build on this great synergy between our organizations to continue to provide resources and content to educators like this 30-minute webinar on how listening is a pathway to empathy. The discussion explores using actions to increase our empathy toward those that look and act differently from us, who believe in different things, or who live in different places.