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A Century of Women in Congress

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

Host: United States Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, DC

The House Historian’s Office, the Senate Historical Office, and the Capitol Visitor Center Exhibits and Education Division are pleased to offer this half-day educational clinic for teachers interested in learning more about the women who have served in the House and the Senate. Hosted at the Capitol Visitor Center, the clinic will offer a variety of instructional activities led by experts in the field.

Participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to learn about women who served in Congress with a special emphasis on the election of the first woman in Congress, Representative Jeannette Rankin, in 1916, through the groundbreaking “Year of the Woman” in 1992
  • Receive a behind-the-scenes look at a new oral history project featuring the recollections of women Representatives and House staff
  • Have the opportunity to speak with House and Senate historians and Capitol Visitor Center educational specialists about the historic role of women in Congress
  • Receive complimentary copies of the publications, Women in Congress,  Black Americans in Congress, and Hispanic Americans in Congress
  • Have the opportunity to view documents, objects, and photographs about women who served in Congress and receive tips on how to use these primary sources in the classroom
  • Receive an online tour of the educational resources available on House and Senate history

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

The Secret History of History

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:30pm

Host: International Spy Museum, Washington, DC

Teaching history through the lens of intelligence is not only timely but timeless. In a post 9/11 world a focus on intelligence and its role through history is critical. Join International Spy Museum staff for a 2,000 year journey through the secret history of history. Enter the shadow world of espionage in this clinic which will provide a keynote presentation with a former spy, an exploration of the Museum's artifacts and stories, and hands-on simulation and lesson demonstrations with the Museum's educators. Each participant will leave with a comprehensive packet of resources, the Museum's Cuban Missile Crisis simulation publication, and a newfound appreciation for how spying has often changed the course of history.

*Designed for secondary teachers. Cost includes a USB with SPY's lesson plans and resources and Museum admission.
Fee: $25 for members, $40 for nonmembers

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is within walking distance of the convention center.

Past is Present: Teaching with the Holocaust Museum

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

Host: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
The Holocaust resonates seventy years after it ended. Explore the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's exhibits and participate in new classroom lessons, receive free resources and discuss the Holocaust's relevance today.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

In Their Own Voices: Middle Eastern Perspectives in the Classroom

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
8:30am to 5:00pm
Visit several DC venues to experience the voices of Middle Eastern refugees, artists, comedians, musicians, and more. Receive a resource pack with many classroom-ready strategies for incorporating diverse, authentic perspectives!
Fee: $40 for members and nonmembers

Still Fighting the Civil War, 150 Years after Appomattox

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:30pm
Why is it that a century-and-a-half after the guns went silent at Appomattox Court House, Americans still find themselves arguing and debating about the Civil War? What does this say about where we are as a nation in 2016? Join noted historian John Hennessy and noted history educator James Percoco along with staff of the Civil War Trust and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership on a tour of Manassas National Battlefield. This clinic will examine how to avoid the pitfalls and minefields of the contested memory of the American Civil War, while exploring the site of the first major land battle of that war. Participants will receive a copy of Hennessey’s The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence, July 18-21, 1861, and a list of related web sites, articles, and resources from which to engage students when discussing issues such as the Confederate Battle Flag and Confederate War Memorials. This clinic is aligned with the Common Core and the National Standards for United States History. Registration fees include all transportation and lunch costs as well as content materials and resources.
Fee: $80 for members and nonmembers

Using Inquiry to Discover Washington DC

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Find treasure in Chinatown, discover the secrets of the National Mall, and pay tribute to fallen heroes. Join a hands-on exploration of Washington, DC using inquiry as our guide.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Youth Voices, Youth Vote

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Host: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Encourage and empower students to get involved in the political process with interactive programming and primary source-based lessons on advocacy and the vote and new research on youth voting.

NOTE: Attendees are on their own to reach this clinic, which is accessible by Metro.

The Threshold Project: Helping Students Understand Complex Global Issues

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
The "Threshold Project" is a problem-based learning experience that uses the rule of law to help students identify and design solutions to complex global issues.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Tech + Narrative = Engaged Students

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Harness the power of primary sources with Historical Narrative Inquiry! Foster the curiosity of learners to evaluate primary sources and create historical narratives on interactive timelines. Device needed.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

A Historical Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process

Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
High school world history, geography, and global studies teachers will deepen their pedagogic content knowledge in this dynamic workshop, which emphasizes inquiry based learning using Teaching with Primary Sources strategies.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

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