Webinar-Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom by Facing History & Ourselves

  • 28 Jul 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Webinar


  • This webinar is free.
  • NYSCSS is a non-profit organization as a 501 C 3. Please consider helping to defray the costs of the webinar by making a $5.00 donation.
  • NYSCSS is a non-profit organization as a 501 C 3. Please consider helping to defray the cost of the webinar by making a $10.00 donation.


Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 

3:00-4:30 p.m.

A Facing History approach involves engaging students in difficult, relevant conversations about identity, community, history, and current events. These discussions can provide both an opportunity and a challenge for teachers. Join us for a webinar that will equip teachers with the tools to help students disagree respectfully. The webinar will explore strategies for how to manage emotion while discussing unfolding news stories, all the while making important connections to history.

Presenter Information:

Renee Harleston is a Program Specialist at Facing History and Ourselves, Renee support educators and the New York FHAO staff to facilitate meaningful professional development events in the region and online.  Renee joined Facing History after working two years as museum educator, focusing on the history of immigrants in New York City, where she learned the power of learning empathy through history. Renee is published short story author and lives in Brooklyn.

Katie Leo is a program associate at Facing History and Ourselves, primarily working with schools in the five boroughs of NYC. In her current position, Katie supports educators as they create supportive academic environments where students learn to make ethical decisions with courage and conviction. Prior to joining the staff of FHAO, Katie served as a high school teacher for 11 years, where she taught classes on nonviolence, current events and the Civil Rights Movement. In 2017, Katie received a Margot Stern Strom teaching award from FHAO which allowed her to bring students on a study trip to the South to visit some of the major sites of the Civil Rights Movement. Katie lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.

This workshop is being offered in collaboration and with support of the NYSCSS Cultural Education Committee, Curriculum and Assessment Committee, and Social Studies Supervisory Committee

This webinar is FREE, but if you'd like to support the work of the NYSCSS as a not-for-profit 501 C 3 at the $5 & $10 donation level it is appreciated.

Questions? Email 

Sheena Jacob

Questions about NYSCSS membership, etc. Email 

Tim Potts, Treasurer

Questions about CTLE credits Email 

Tom Michalek, President

Deadline to register:  Monday, July 27, 2020, 8:00 p.m. 

Login details will be emailed to those who register by the above date.

CTLE credits provided through the New York State Council for the Social Studies

Please complete CTLE fields at time of registration if it pertains to you.

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