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Angel Island Immigration Station and Teaching Asian American History

Join us to consider the requirements of the TEAACH Act, featuring our Angel Island Immigration Station inquiry and guest scholar, Dr. Karen Su (UIC). This event will be hosted in person.

March 14, 2024 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm CDT

Chicago, IL

Cost:  $25
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About this event:

Single Session

Our single professional learning sessions are designed to easily fit into your day. Typically one hour or less, these sessions explore timely and relevant topics including teaching strategies, current events, and more.


This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff. When you register, you will receive instructions for how to attend the event.

This event qualifies for ISBE (Illinois).

Up to 6 professional development hours will be offered for participation in this workshop for Illinois educators.

Civics & Citizenship History Social Studies
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In this workshop you will:

  1. Apply Facing History’s unique methodology in order to explore history and literature through themes of identity, choices, justice, and civic participation

  2. Learn a range of teaching strategies for helping students process emotionally powerful histories

  3. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives

Asian American and Pacific Islander people (AAPI) have a far-reaching and enduring presence in the United States and have been an integral part of US history for more than four hundred years.  Despite this,the contributions, perspectives, and experiences of AAPI people are still often overlooked, forgotten, and misunderstood.  Teachers will learn how Facing History & Ourselves’ approach and resources can support educators engaging students in questions about identity, membership and in bringing AAPI voices into their classrooms. 

This interactive workshop will engage participants in learning about Angel Island Immigration Station to better understand historical themes in Asian American history.  The featured C3-style inquiry on Angel Island is part of Facing History's US History Curriculum Collection.  The workshop will also feature Dr. Karen Su (Ph.D), Director of Undergraduate Studies in Global Asian Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, and author of several children’s books for the Leaders Like Us Asian American series.  Dr. Su’s work will speak to the importance of identity affirmation, representation, and voice in teaching and learning about under-taught histories.    

After this workshop  you will: 

  • Become a part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides and multimedia

This workshop is recommended for: 6th-12th grade US History, US Literature, Asian American History, Asian American Literature, Ethnic Studies, and US Government teachers.

Up to 6 clock hours (formerly CPDUs) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, vegetarian options will be included.

This event will occur in-person at the Erickson Institute.
Address: Erikson Institute: 451 N. LaSalle Dr. Chicago, Il 60654

Featured Speakers

Dr. Karen Su (Ph.D)

Clinical Associate Professor, GLAS Director of Undergraduate Studies

Headshot of Dr. Karen Su.

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