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 Workshops Focus on Confronting Prejudice Through History

​​A partnership with an international education group focused on history, ethics, and social change has led to some powerful professional learning for local teachers

This is the second year that the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) has worked with Facing History and Ourselves to hold the workshops, which include lessons about the Holocaust, the civil rights movement, and the Reconstruction Era.

"It's a neat program," said Matthew Hayes, history-social science coordinator for SDCOE.

Upcoming workshops include: The Reconstruction Era and Fragility of Democracy, Developing Common Core Skills Rich Content, Common Core and Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, Common Core and Teaching the Holocaust, and Common Core and Teaching the Civil Right Movement. More information, including dates and registration, is available on SDCOE's History-Social Science page.

The lessons focus on discussion and writing and are aligned with the state standards. They are open to any educator, not only those teaching history.

Through the partnership, Facing History and Ourselves develops the curriculum and provides presenters, while SDCOE recruits local teachers and provides the learning spaces. SDCOE is the only organization in San Diego County offering the workshops.

The mission of Saving History and Ourselves is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.