Teaching Democracy and Freedom Summer Seminar | Facing History & Ourselves
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Teaching Democracy and Freedom Summer Seminar

Join us for an exploration of our new collection of U.S. History resources that develop historical inquiry skills and emphasizes students’ capacity for civic agency.

July 23, 2024 - July 25, 2024


Cost:  $25
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About this event:

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Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

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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 Certificate of Completion.

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Key Points

  1. The application deadline is July 15, 2024. Registration may close earlier due to high demand, so apply soon!

About this Event

Facing History’s approach to teaching U.S. history emphasizes students’ capacity for civic agency and develops the historical inquiry skills students need to generate more nuanced understandings of the struggle for democracy and freedom throughout US History.  Through this curated set of US History units and C3-style inquiries, students explore how progress towards greater freedom, equality, and justice are not inevitable, but a result of choices that people make.  

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Experience a Facing History approach to teaching U.S. History through hands-on activities and exploration of voices not often included in textbooks
  2. Engage with C3-style inquiry units that explore the relationship between democracy and freedom during the Founding Era, the Reconstruction Era, and at Angel Island Immigration Station
  3. Collaborate with other educators to discuss how to analyze history and its connection to today through a critical and ethical lens
  4. Use resources and teaching strategies to help students develop the capacity for civic participation and an understanding that democracy can only remain vital through the active, thoughtful, and responsible participation of its citizens

Taking place over three days, this seminar offers a real-time, interactive online classroom where participants will connect in facilitated whole- and small-group sessions. 

Seminar At-a-Glance Details

Who should take this seminar: 7th–12th grade US history teachers and curriculum specialists

Cost: There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee due once your application has been accepted. The $900 fee for this seminar has been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.

Schedule: Tuesday, July 23 – Thursday, July 25, 2024:

Time Commitment: Approximately 4.5 hours per day (plus some breaks). 

Format: Facilitated Zoom meetings with session materials in Canvas.

Accessibility: Facing History is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for educators of all abilities. If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at support [at] facinghistory.org (support[at]facinghistory[dot]org).

Certificate of Completion

Awarded upon successful completion of the seminar for 15 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 15 CTLE hours. If you are an educator based in Illinois, after taking this course you are eligible for up to 15 clock hours. If you are an educator based in Massachusetts, you are eligible for up to 15 PDP hours. Please contact us to learn more about CTLE hours, clock hours, or PDP hours.

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