Facing History and Ourselves

Magnificat Joins Facing History’s Innovative Schools Network

Magnificat High School proudly partners with Facing History and Ourselves as a member of the Innovative Schools Network, engaging students in rigorous interdisciplinary content that promotes ethical awareness and responsible citizenship. Magnificat is one of only 40 schools internationally to be invited into this highly regarded educational network.

Schools participating in the Network embrace Facing History’s core themes, and weave Facing History content and teaching strategies throughout the curriculum—in humanities and science classes, advisory groups, faculty meetings and activities within the broader community. As an Innovative School, Magnificat engages students with rigorous interdisciplinary content and methodology that promotes academic skills as well as empathy and ethical awareness.

“We are thrilled to welcome Magnificat into our Innovative Schools Network,” says Mr. Mark Swaim-Fox, Director of the Facing History Cleveland office. “We have worked with Magnificat staff for many years and they share our passion for helping students make the essential connections between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.”

Magnificat has had a long-time relationship with Facing History, working and partnering with the non-profit organization since its Cleveland office opened in 1999. Many alumnae might remember the one-time elective Dangers of Indifference, while recent graduates and current students have enjoyed speakers, projects and co-curriculars inspired by the Facing History initiative. With Magnificat’s new status, the cross-curriculum will only become more exciting.

“Working collaboratively with Facing History and Ourselves personnel over the past 15 years, and utilizing Facing History methodologies and resources both in and out of the classroom, has contributed in important ways to our efforts to provide our students the holistic education that our Mission calls for. We look forward to continuing and deepening our partnership with Facing History through our membership in the Innovative Schools Network,” says Mrs. Moira Clark, Dean of Student Life and Formation.

Facing History and Ourselves combats racism, anti-Semitism and prejudice, and nurtures democracy through education programs worldwide. Visit www.facinghistory.org for more information.

Editor's Note: Magnificat faculty are among those nationally recognized leaders in curricular integrations of Facing History themes.  English teachers Laura Grecol and Beth Twohig and Theology teacher Caitlin Lynch-Huggins were selected to participate in the 2015 Facing History and Ourselves Innovative Schools Conference in Boston, MA, at which they shared Magnificat's comprehensive Facing History integrations.