The Reconstruction era, most commonly viewed as the period from 1865 to 1877, was a monumental struggle for freedom and democracy in the face of violent backlash. The study of the Reconstruction era in American history is essential to an understanding of citizenship and democracy in the United States today. During this online seminar, you will examine how Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War. You will learn to teach about the Reconstruction era using an approach that helps students connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make today.
By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:
- Plan and implement a unit of study, built on the Facing History methodology, that focuses on the Reconstruction era of American history and the challenges of creating a just democracy in a time of deep division
- Use critical resources and teaching strategies to help students explore the idea that democracy can only remain vital through the active, thoughtful, and responsible participation of its citizens
- Use historical and contemporary examples to develop students’ understanding of Reconstruction’s legacy and the importance of presenting an accurate account of this era
- Use new teaching strategies that help students interrogate texts, write and think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
- Learn how to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, bigotry, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
Taking place over four days, this seminar offers a real-time, interactive online classroom where participants will connect in facilitated whole- and small-group sessions. The seminar will include an interactive virtual tour of the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park and a keynote presentation from Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries.
Seminar At-a-Glance Details
Who should take this seminar: 7th–12th grade US history, humanities, and English language arts teachers and curriculum specialists.
Cost: There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee due once your application has been accepted. The event fee for this seminar has been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.
Schedule: Monday, August 9 – Thursday, August 12, 2021:
- Monday, August 9: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
- Tuesday, August 10: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
- Wednesday, August 11: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
- Thursday, August 12: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
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Time Commitment: Approximately 4.5 hours per day (plus some breaks). There is a pre-work module to complete before the seminar that is approximately 2 hours in length.
Format: Facilitated Zoom meetings with workshop materials in Canvas. You must have a laptop or PC to participate in Canvas sessions.
Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the seminar for 20 professional development hours. Requirements for professional development hours vary by state. It is the educator's responsibility to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their state. If you are an educator based in New York, after taking this course you are eligible for 20 CTLE hours. If you are an educator based in Illinois, after taking this course you are eligible for up to twenty clock hours. Please contact [email protected] to learn more about CTLE or clock hours.
We have an additional section of our Teaching the Reconstruction Era seminar available, running from Monday, July 19 – Thursday, July 22.
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