The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

June 8, 2017
Teaching the Reconstruction Era

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The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy


Registration for this event is now CLOSED.


How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course introduces educators to our new resource, The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy, which provides a close examination of the social and moral dilemmas Americans faced after the Civil War and the construction of American identity.

Scholarships available (see below).

Course length is six sessions over six weeks; Course sessions begin each Thursday; Sessions include a variety of activities, including reading source materials, watching video clips, journalling, and participating in facilitated discussions. Participants will also take two live webinars. The first webinar, a course orientation, will take place on June 12th. Our second and final webinar will focus on the Literacy Strategies and Implementation Choices.  This will be held the final night of the course July 11th at 8-9PM EST.

In this course you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
  • Explore topics including historical memory, justice, and civic participation in a democracy
  • Receive a free copy of The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

After participating in this course you will:

  • Receive coaching and support as you implement this unit in your classroom
  • Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

Participants are required to complete four hours of independent online work per week; Attendance for both webinars is mandatory.

US$350 per person; cost includes all materials.

Graduate Credit
Gradute credit is available for this online course for an additional fee. Please contact Facing History Online Learning for more details.

We reserve scholarships for middle or high school teachers of History or English who can commit to implementing a four-week unit in their classroom during the same year as the course.  Please indicate on your application that you are applying for a scholarship.

To be considered for a scholarship, please describe in as much detail as possible how you plan to implement pedagogy and content from this course in your classroom. Please note that you must apply for funding through your school or district before we can consider awarding you a scholarship.

If you have any questions about the course or scholarships, please contact Facing History Online Learning.

June 8, 2017 - July 11, 2017

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