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Breakout Session Proposals

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We are no longer accepting breakout session proposals for the 2020 National Teacher Institute. If you submitted a proposal, you will be notified of your application status on or before November 1, 2019.

The theme for 2020 is "Into the Depths of History." While some educators have an entire semester to cover one historic event, many others only have a few days to tackle the most important chapters of history. As educators, how can we impact a classroom in a few days, a few months, or perhaps an entire school year? How can we overcome the preconceived notions that students and other educators may have about a historic event? How do we as educators, unpack a complex topic and make it relatable to today's students? How do we talk about the lessons of history in a constructive manner? There is so much more to learn beneath the surface of history.

Proposals should pertain to one or more of the following eras:

  • Revolutionary War Era (1753-1783)
  • Early Republic
  • War of 1812
  • Antebellum America
  • American Civil War 
  • Reconstruction Era 
  • Jim Crow South

Proposals should pertain to one or more of the following topics:

  • African American History 
  • Cultural History
  • Economics/Economic History
  • General American History 
  • Geography 
  • Memory Studies 
  • Military History 
  • Political History 
  • Public History 
  • Social History 
  • Technology (From the time period(s) or how to use technology in the classroom today.)
  • Women's Rights 

The review committee will consider each proposal using the following criteria:

  • The methodology that you propose to use in the breakout session. 
  • The audience that you are targeting (elementary, middle, high, etc.). 
  • How you demonstrate the effective use of content and teaching strategies in or out of the classroom setting. Innovative use of technology is a plus.
  • Presenters understanding of the subject matter. 
  • If the proposal makes the review committee want to attend this presentation?
  • If this or a similar topic has been offered at one of the last three Teacher Institute's (2017-2019).
  • If the presenter demonstrates realistic and specific teaching objectives?

All applicants will be notified on or before November 1, 2019, of their submission status. 

One proposal per person, please!