Teaching the Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

July 25, 2019
Teaching the Reconstruction Era

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Teaching the Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

Please note priority will be given to High School CPS US History teachers. This seminar is also recommended for upper middle and high school social studies, civics, and humanities teachers committed to implementing a three-week (or more!) Facing History unit from Chicagoland schools.   

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? We will explore this significant period in U.S. history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War.

In this two-day workshop--teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  • Increase their ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
  • Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  • Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

NOTE for CPS teachers: As part of the CPS Curriculum Project, this workshop is offered free of charge to Chicago Public Schools educators. Classroom resources for each participant will be provided, including a resource book, 5-week unit plan with C3-aligned summative assessment and informed action task as well as student guides and journals for each student (available in Spanish).

Illinois educators can earn 14 Clock Hours for full participation in this course. 

Facing History and Ourselves
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
July 25, 2019 - July 26, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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