Adam Strom is the Director of Scholarship and Innovation at Facing History and Ourselves. Throughout his career, Mr. Strom has connected the academy to classrooms and the community by using the latest scholarship to encourage learning about identity, bias, belonging, history, and the challenges and opportunities of civic engagement in our globalized world. He is the author, editor, and producer of numerous digital, print, and video resources and educational publications including Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World, What Do We Do with a Difference? France and The Debate Over Headscarves in Schools, Identity, and Belonging in a Changing Great Britain, Washington’s Rebuke to Bigotry: Reflections On Our First President’s 1790 Letter to the Hebrew Congregation In Newport, Rhode Island, and the viewer’s guide to I Learn America. The resources developed under Strom’s direction have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and experienced by millions of students around the world.
Mr. Strom oversees the Facing History and Ourselves international board of scholars and has facilitated professional development for educators face to face and online for educators from around the world. Recognizing the profound impact of migration and the threat of religiously inspired violent extremism on communities, classrooms, and students around the world, Strom initiated Civic Dilemmas in a Changing World, an educational project that developed resources and professional learning experiences for classrooms and the community exploring issues of religion, migration and belonging in our changing world. As part of that project, he led face-to-face professional development for educators in France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Beyond his work with teachers, Mr. Strom has led programs for a broad range of community initiatives including adult education and extended learning time classes, libraries, museums, religious institutions, and theaters. Before joining the staff at Facing History and Ourselves, Strom was the gallery director at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum where developed he led programs for schools and the general public. Currently, Mr. Strom is a member of the Massachusetts Civic Learning and Engagement Task Force.