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Middle Level-Jr. High School

Using Portraiture to Teach a Socratic Seminar

Host: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Learn how to teach your students to discuss a dynamic historical text and a visual portrait, in tandem, through the context of a student-led Socratic Seminar. Materials provided.

Cultural Genocide against Native peoples in the U.S.: Findings from a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Unprecedented truth and reconciliation commission on forced removal of Native children explored in film and related curricula. Was it cultural genocide? Learn to teach this story. Free film and curriculum.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

A Lens on the World: Film, Global Education, and Cultural Literacy

Learn how to make the most of foreign films to introduce your students to other cultures and learn about global issues. Participants will view films and receive free lesson plans.
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Teaching the Civil War through a Social/Emotional Learning Framework

Experience how an inquiry-based learning approach uses the narrative structure of Storypath to enhance student engagement and create "the lived experience" for historical, civic, and social/emotional learning. Curriculum provided.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

A Different Kind of Classroom: Engaging Inquiry and Literacy Strategies

The C3 Framework and Common Core State Standards call for shifts in our teaching within the inquiry arc, literacy, and critical thinking. This institute will model practical engaging teaching strategies for implementing these shifts.
Fee: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers

Teaching the American Revolution through Visual History

Participants will analyze historical images of the Revolutionary War, highlighting its international dynamics, significant people and events, racial diversity and more. Participants will receive all images digitally, plus catered lunch.
Fee: $10 for members and nonmembers

Perspectives on History: Interrogating American Art

Host: Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Use artwork to zoom in on key issues in American history. Zoom out to see those issues at play in today's world. Inquiry strategies will prompt evidence-based reasoning and argumentation.

From Clickbait to Content: Tips for Teaching Current Events

Host: Newseum, Washington, DC
Help your students become savvy information consumers. Interact with media experts, peers and international industry insiders to gain strategies and ready-to-use resources for teaching media literacy to foster global citizenship.

Walk with a Park Ranger and Tour Guide: In Booth's Steps

Explore the benefits of working with park rangers and tour guides on historic expeditions with a walk in the footsteps of Lincoln and Booth, creating a student-centered, inquiry-based educational experience.

The Civic Life of George Washington at Mount Vernon

Tour the estate and grounds of our Nation's first president, George Washington. Experience primary sources of all types including buildings, objects, and documents that connect this place with today's issues.

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