The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy for Chicago Public Schools

October 26, 2021
CPS: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

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Online Workshop
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The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy for Chicago Public Schools

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 include 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.

Participating educators will receive: 

  • 1 day of professional development
  • 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; a class set of 35 student guides and journals  for each student (available in Spanish and English) or 
  • Resources available to download for a Google classroom and embedded in the CPS Skyline Curriculum 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.

Date: October 26

Time Commitment: 2 hours of pre-work will be shared on October 18th. Educators will engage in live zoom sessions between 8:30am-3:00pm.

Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this online course have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

Format: Synchronous Online Zoom Workshop with additional reading to take place outside of the sessions

CPDU credits will be offered

October 26, 2021
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

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