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Breakout Session Proposals

2021 National Teacher Institute

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We are no longer accepting breakout session proposals for the 2021 National Teacher Institute.

The theme for 2021 is "Making History Relatable."

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 (1787-1812)
  • War of 1812 (1812-1815)
  • Antebellum Civil War America (1820-1860)
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Reconstruction Era (1863-1877)
  • Jim Crow South (1870s-1965)
  • Civil Rights Era (1950s-1960s)

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

  • African American History 
  • Civil Rights
  • Cultural History
  • Economics/Economic History
  • Gender Studies
  • General American History 
  • Geography 
  • Memory Studies 
  • Military History 
  • Museum Studies
  • Pedagogical Practices and Strategies 
  • Personalities 
  • Political History/Political Science
  • Public History 
  • Race Relations
  • Slavery
  • 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.
  • The presenter's 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 four Teacher Institute's (2017-2020).
  • If the presenter demonstrates realistic and specific teaching objectives?
  • The presenter's demonstrable knowledge of the subject matter. 
  • Attendees' reviews of the presenter's past Teacher Institute presentation(s) (if applicable). 

All applicants will be notified on or before November 6, 2020, of their submission status. 

One proposal per person, please!