The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

January 7, 2021 to January 14, 2021
Teaching the Reconstruction Era

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The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

This workshop has been rescheduled to January 7th - 14th 2021.

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? 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. 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.

This workshop will be three synchronous sessions with some pre-reading outside of the scheduled time. The interactive, instructional Zoom meetings will include content and pedagogy. Attendance at all of the synchronous workshop sessions is required.

NEW DATES Register to attend all of the following sessions: January 7 from 4-6:00pm, January 13th from 4-6:00pm, and January 14 4-6:00pm. Clock hours are available based on confirmed hours of participation.

This workshop is only open to Chicago Public School humanities teachers who will be working with high school students.

Participating teachers will receive at no cost:

  • professional development; 
  • access to Facing History’s lending library, including related streaming video and multimedia; 
  • classroom resources for each participant, including a resource book, 5-week unit plan with Illinois Social Science Standards-aligned summative assessment and informed action task; student guides and journals for each student (available in Spanish and English) or available to download as Google documents for learning from home. 

This workshop will be held via Zoom. Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.

January 7, 2021 - January 14, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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