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Teaching the Reconstruction Era for CPS Educators

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 event will be hosted in person.

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Chicago, IL

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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.

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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 ISBE (Illinois).

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Democracy & Civic Engagement Racism
Civic Education

In this one day workshop you will:

  1. 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

  2. Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make

  3. Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives

  4. Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

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.

Who should take this mini-course: This unit is intended for implementation in high school US History. This workshop is intended for educators from Chicago Public Schools.

Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.

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.

This event will be hosted in-person at the CPS Garfield Park Office.

Address: 2651 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612

Certificate of Completion

Up to 7 clock hours (CPDU's) for Illinois-certified educators will be offered for full participation.

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