Facing History and Ourselves

Penn Foster CEO Joins Leadership Council of Facing History and Ourselves

September 28, 2016

International Education Nonprofit elects Frank Britt to join Leadership Council.

BOSTON, MA, (September 28, 2016) — Penn Foster, Inc., a leading provider of skills training for frontline workers and career and college candidates, announced that its CEO, Frank Britt, has joined the Leadership Council for Facing History and Ourselves, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering teachers and students through understanding history and the impact of choice. Facing History and Ourselves’ mission is 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.

Facing History is committed to teachers and students in underserved urban areas, which represent over 60% of the organization’s work in schools. By providing content and pedagogy that increases teacher effectiveness and stimulates students to learn at the highest level, Facing History works to bridge the opportunity gap that impedes success for young people in under-resourced communities. Facing History’s unique approach to pedagogy, classroom resources, professional development, coaching, and support equips teachers with the tools and strategies they need to help students become thoughtful, responsible citizens.

“The Facing History Committee on Governance has invited Mr. Britt to stand for election based on his significant contributions to education and youth and his potential to be a valued advisor to the organization,” said Jeff Bussgang, co-chairman of the Council. “We’re thrilled to see Frank join the Facing History Leadership Council, as we know he will provide invaluable insight on not only distance learning and continuing education, but also ways in which to reach non-traditional and at-risk learners through innovative 21st century learning platforms.”

Facing History and Ourselves’ Leadership Council members further the organization’s mission through ambassadorship and philanthropy and provide invaluable counsel to the Board of Directors and the staff. They help Facing History build bridges to key community leaders and educators wherever the organization has a presence. Leadership Council members will have the opportunity to connect more deeply with Facing History’s mission and its projects, including unique access to the President & CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors.

“I have great respect for The Facing History mission and improving social outcomes at scale,” said Britt. “I am tremendously honored to have been selected to represent an organization that utilizes education as a primary platform for transforming lives, and establishing principle-centered values for the next generation. Much like the work we do at Penn Foster, Facing History’s focus to serve at-risk young people is critical to empowering the next generation so that they may, too, take control of their own lives and build the foundations and social capital they need to be productive, valued members of society.”

About Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization. Our mission is 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. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. For more information, visit  https://www.facinghistory.org/

About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster's online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit http://partners.pennfoster.edu/.


The Close It Summit 2017

Join Penn Foster and hundreds of leaders in learning, recruitment, and workforce development for the 2017 Close It Summit to highlight and discuss competency-based education, training, and hiring. We’re excited to be part of two events at this year’s conference:

Penn Foster + Chicago CRED High School Graduation
Wednesday, September 27th at 11:00AM
Join Penn Foster and the Honorable Arne Duncan in celebrating the graduation of Chicago CRED participants from Penn Foster High School.

Workshop: “Why Now? A Case for Change”
Wednesday, September 27th at 3:00PM
Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt joins thought leaders to discuss how industry must change to meet the needs of the millennial worker and why addressing the skills gap now is imperative.



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