What does it mean to be an American? How have ideas about difference and race shaped US immigration policy and what are the implications and legacies of these ideas/policies today? How have immigrants and their allies acted as upstanders for a more just society? These core questions have been at the heart of the debates around immigration throughout US history. In this online interactive summit, educators will explore the history of how the United States has determined who may enter, who may be considered American, and how those decisions and definitions impacted the course of American democracy.
In this summit, educators will explore these questions as they consider the history and contemporary realities of immigration in the United States. We will consider how the choices and actions of immigrants have shaped ideas about freedom and democracy and influenced what it means to be American. This summit will include live keynote presentations by historian and co-founder of #ImmigrationSyllabus, Dr. Erika Lee, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer, Jose Antonio Vargas.
During this summit, we will:
- Examine an array of Facing History materials, including curricular texts, film, literature, and historical sources.
- Explore topics such as identity, membership in a community, and the complexities of human behavior, as well as how we as individuals and members of groups can make a difference today.
- Explore the history of how the United States has determined who may enter, who may be considered American, and how those decisions and definitions impacted the course of American democracy.
Taking place over three days, this summit offers a real-time, interactive online classroom where educators will connect in facilitated whole- and small-group sessions.
Summit At-a-Glance Details
Who should take this seminar: 6-12th grade history and social studies 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 summit has been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.
Schedule: Tuesday, July 27 – Thursday, July 29
- Tuesday, July 27, 2021: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
- Wednesday, July 28, 2021: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
- Thursday, July 29, 2021: 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.
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