Mobile Bay Battlefield

Breakout Sessions, Lectures & Tours

2020 National Teacher Institute

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Breakout Sessions, General Sessions & Tours

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Keynote Sessions:

Ten Points That are Important About Election Day 

The American political process can be one of the hardest subjects to introduce into any classroom, but it is a vital topic to both discuss and understand. With the pending 2020 election, it is the perfect time to introduce the American political process and election-related topics into your classroom. Utilizing topical information which is also highly entertaining, you will learn how to answer such questions as Why did the founding fathers create the Electoral College? How has our method of actually casting ballots changed throughout the years? How has campaigning changed throughout the years? It is a keynote session that you don't want to miss. 

Session Type: Keynote Session

Presenter: Kate Kelly

Subject Areas: Civics, Political History, US History

Time Periods: Early Republic-Modern Era

Grade Levels: All 

 

General Sessions:

Hollywood vs. History: The Civil War On Screen 

Movies are a great way to get people interested in the Civil War—but how accurate are they? Does it matter? Chris Mackowski, editor of Entertaining History: The Civil War in Film, Literature, and Song, invites you to consider the relationship between fact and truth, between art and history, to help you use Hollywood more effectively to hook your students.

Session Type: General Session

Presenter: Dr. Chris Mackowski 

Subject Areas: US History, General Education, Film History, Literature 

Time Periods: Civil War 

Grade Levels: All 

 

The Whole Civil War in 45 minutes

The Civil War was a wildly complex event, spanning every socioeconomic, military, cultural, and geographic cross-section of America. Just one, small slice of any of these subjects could occupy a lifetime of research.  And yet, the massive conflagration consisted of rather few truly key events, grand military movements, and questions answered. Whether you are a novice or longtime expert, join Garry Adelman as he endeavors to cover all that is the American Civil War and bring it all together in this energetic and informative presentation.

Session Type: Lecture

Presenter: Garry Adelman 

Subject Areas: Military History, US History, Economics, Political Science, Geography

Time Periods: Antebellum, Civil War 

Grade Levels: All 

 

Reconstruction 

Reconstruction was a long, protracted, and ultimately bloody struggle to define the meaning and legacy of the U.S. Civil War.  Difficult to synthesize and distorted by decades of myth and misperception, Reconstruction poses not insignificant challenges in the classroom.  Yet as a postwar period marked by racial violence, terrorism, and economic turmoil, as well as passionate debates about freedom, citizenship, democracy, and the nature of the state, it is fundamental to U.S. history. Reconstruction likewise offers instructors an invaluable opportunity to introduce students to historiography and the craft of history. This session will provide classroom strategies for thinking about Reconstruction as something substantially more than a dozen years wedged between Appomattox and the Gilded Age.

Session Type: General Session

Presenter: Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan

Subject Areas: African American History, US History, General Education, Social History, Political History 

Time Periods: Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow South

Grade Levels: All 

 

Breakout Sessions:

A Framework for Teaching American Slavery by Teaching Tolerance

In this interactive session learn how this framework helps you and your students understand the role of slavery in the development of our country and how its legacies influence us today. After attending, educators will be able to identify resources from the framework that they can apply in their practice and how to address common concerns and student resistance when teaching this hard history.  This session is for educators who teach grades 6 – 12. Free materials provided.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Hoyt Phillips, Deputy Director, Teaching & Learning Teaching Tolerance

Subject Areas: African American History, US History, Political History, Social History

Time Periods: Colonial Era, Early Republic, Antebellum, Civil War

Grade Levels: Middle & High School

 

“An Almost Incredible Victory”: Andrew Jackson, the Battle of New Orleans and American Memory

In the late autumn of 1814, a British expeditionary force threatened New Orleans. The city’s protection rested in the hands of Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson. At the head of a hodge-podge army, “Old Hickory” as he was known to his men, prepared to defend the gateway to North America. After two major skirmishes, the British army under Sir Edward Pakenham, the brother-in-law of the famed Duke of Wellington stormed Jackson’s position. In half an hour, two-thirds of the attack force fell, and Jackson achieved a stunning victory. Join Dan Davis, the American Battlefield Trust’s Education Associate for an exploration of this forgotten military triumph, the battle’s impact on Andrew Jackson and the United States and its place in America’s collective memory.

Session Type: Lecture

Presenter: Daniel T. Davis

Subject Areas: Military History, US History, Political Science, Historical Figures 

Time Periods: War of 1812

Grade Levels: All 

 

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Explore the contested efforts toward full citizenship and racial equality for African Americans that transpired following the Civil War. This session draws on the New-York Historical Society’s groundbreaking exhibition and companion curriculum guide “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” to consider how African Americans championed their rights in the face of legal discrimination and violence. Through an interactive examination of primary sources and mini-biographies, consider how ideas of freedom and citizenship were redefined by government and citizen action during the period between the end of slavery in 1865 and the end of World War I in 1919.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Mia Nagawiecki

Subject Areas: African American History, US History, Political History, Social History

Time Periods: Reconstruction & Jim Crow South

Grade Levels: All 

 

Curate in the Classroom: The Jim Crow Era

Get inspired by a session showing how teachers can employ the latest in educational technology to have students create their own virtual museum exhibits, right in the classroom!  This new approach places students at the center of the learning process, where they will practice material and visual culture analysis, explore and define cause and context, collaborate with peers, and engage in writing.  This session will focus specifically on using this approach in a lesson on the Jim Crow Era, but techniques are transferrable across eras and even disciplines.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenters: Kara Boehne-Miele & Peter Miele 

Subject Areas: African American History, US History, Political History, Social History, Technology in the Classroom

Time Periods: Reconstruction & Jim Crow South

Grade Levels: All 

 

Heroes Among Us: Character Development Program

Inspire your students through the stories of heroes. Join us to learn how the Character Development Program uses the stories of Medal of Honor Recipients to teach students about the values of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism. Our FREE resources include lesson plans, videos, webinars, and professional development workshops. The lessons are built to engage students in collaboration, critical thinking, and personal reflection while showing them that everyone can be a hero and make a difference. 

Presenter: Education Staff of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society 

Subject Areas: Leadership, Character Development, US History

Time Periods: Civil War & General US History 

Grade Levels: All 

 

How to identify fake news on social media

Join Connor Townsend, the social media guru for the American Battlefield Trust, as she details how to spot "Fake News" on social media and how to help your students identify facts from fiction. 

Presenter: Connor Townsend

Subject Areas: US History, Political History, Social History,  Technology in the Classroom, Inquiry-Based Learning, Memory Studies 

Time Periods: Revolutionary Era, Antebellum, Civil War, Late 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century  

Grade Levels: All

 

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?"—Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Have you ever wondered what it was like for the average Civil War soldier to take the field, man a trench line, or come under fire? Have you ever wanted to experience the full power of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address? The American Battlefield Trust can take you, virtually, to battlefields and other historic events with our new augmented and virtual reality components. Learn how to utilize these tools in your classroom, and bring your students up close to history at a historic site or from a classroom thousands of miles away.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Garry Adelman 

Subject Areas: US History, Political History, Social History, Technology in the Classroom

Time Periods: Civil War

Grade Levels: All 

 

Lessons in Leadership: Teaching George Washington in the Classroom

This workshop will provide context for introducing Washington’s role in the American Revolution, and how his leadership was crucial to winning the war. By using four key events of the war, and supplementing useful information to help craft the narrative, teachers will be given helpful lesser-known stories and resources that will connect students with why his leadership was so vital to American independence. Teachers can expect to receive useful techniques in connecting historical figures to modern-day audiences; providing the appropriate narratives to ensure a truthful, educational lesson, and ultimately, walk into the classroom confident that what you’re about to present asks questions and leaves answers open for discussion. 

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Adam Zielinski

Subject Areas: US History, Political History, Leadership, Historical Figures

Time Periods: Revolutionary War Era 

Grade Levels: All 

 

Lincoln’s Rodney Dangerfield: Why doesn’t the Navy get "no respect?" (Or, understanding the role of the US Navy in the Civil War)

The United States Navy was a key component of the Anaconda Plan. However, this major aspect of the Civil War has been largely overlooked by the majority of Civil War studies. This workshop will discuss some of the overlooked details of the war’s naval dimension and explore some of the reasons it has been largely forgotten today. 

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Douglas Ullman, Jr. 

Subject Areas: US History, Military History, Historical Figures

Time Periods: Civil War

Grade Levels: All 

 

Native Americans: The First Mobilians 

Session description coming soon. 

 

Social Paradigms; Perspectives, Social Gaps, and Code-Switching

This interactive workshop will engage participants in a diversity perception party, a discussion about the perspectives on social gaps and a dialog about historical implications on code-switching. We will examine the generational disconnections on historical social norms and the present-day social norms. We will examine the impact of how access to social media has reshaped social practice and cultural norms. Future Implications will be generated through a think tank.

Session Type: Workshop & Think Tank

Presenters: Dr. Sophia Marshall, Chapman, Dr. Edelia Carthan & Dr. Qianna Cutts

Subject Areas: Social History

Time Periods: Jim Crow South

Grade Levels: Middle School & High School 

 

Teaching with The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans offers free resources to 4-12 history, science, distance learning, and service-learning classrooms across the country. The session will explore many of these resources including oral histories, interactive maps, physical and digital content that encourage critical analysis through the study of World War II. Together, we will examine some of the lesson plans and show how to incorporate primary source analysis into your classroom.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Adam Foreman

Subject Areas: Distance Learning, Service Learning, STEM, US History 

Time Periods: Early 20th Century

Grade Levels: All

 

Teaching Writing to History Students 

Historians spend a lot of time writing. This workshop offers five essential tips for good writing you can pass along to your students, along with Civil War-related writing examples that can help you illustrate your points. Presenter Chris Mackowski, author and co-author of more than a dozen Civil War books, teaches writing at one of the most renowned journalism programs in the country, the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Dr. Chris Mackowski 

Subject Areas: US History, General Education 

Time Periods: General US History & Civil War

Grade Levels: All 

 

The American Revolution: Bernardo de Galvez and the Forgotten Frontier

History is full of forgotten wars and battles. Some of these forgotten conflicts have fallen off the pages of history simply due to their limited or regional theatres of operations, while others, regardless of their size and global theatres of operations, have been intentionally removed, ignored, or rewritten by the victors of the conflict in order to bolster a feeling of nationalism and strength within a population.  As once quoted from Napoleon Bonaparte, “what is history but a fable agreed upon.”  Modern historians find themselves sometimes challenged by presumed history, which can now be seen and is able to be told from multiple points of view, thus becoming more relevant to people around the world.  And so, enters the American Revolution, Romantic New England History, and Galvez and the forgotten frontier.    

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Jim McMillen

Subject Areas: US History, Military History, Historical Figures, Political History

Time Periods: Revolutionary War Era

Grade Levels: All 

 

The Road to Revolution

Everyone knows the "shot heard around the world" fired on April 19, 1775, in Massachusetts. But, that was the end of the road toward rebellion and revolution. With every major event; Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, there were numerous smaller events that taken as a whole, helped created the revolutionary spirit that would see thirteen colonies break away from the largest empire in the world at that time. This workshop will examine a few of these paving stones on that road to revolution and how they can be added to lessons in the classroom. 

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Phillip S. Greenwalt 

Subject Areas: US History, Political History, Social History 

Time Periods: Revolutionary War Era 

Grade Levels: All 

 

The 7th Inning Stretch of the Civil War

In the bygone years of war in America, how did soldiers cope with the stresses and ravages of wartime? In this hands-on workshop, students roll the dice by participating in the sports and leisure time activities of the Civil War. Participants will walk away with primary sources and simulation activities to take back to the classroom next school year. The 7th Inning Stretch will be an engaging discussion with kinesthetic activities that can be used in classrooms for all ages. 

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Val Branch

Subject Areas: US History, Sports History, Military History 

Time Periods: Civil War 

Grade Levels: All 

 

Who Started It? Who Ended It? The Who, What, Where, Why, and When's of How a War Starts and Ends

Beside natural disasters, warfare is the most destructive force on the earth. But war does not come about overnight, nor is a war preordained to happen. The events that lead to war are usually numerous, while the process of "winning" a war is long and drawn out. Utilizing the American Battlefield Trust's new inquiry-based lesson plans, this workshop will dissect both the causes of the Civil War and how the conflict was brought to a conclusion—focusing on the economic, political, social, and military aspects of the topic—and while exploring the best practices of deploying the Trust lesson plans, and similar lesson plans in your classroom.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Kristopher White

Subject Areas: US History, Political History, Economic History, Military History, Social History, World History, Inquiry-Based Learning, Memory Studies 

Time Periods: Antebellum, Civil War, Late 19th Century, Early & Mid 20th Century 

Grade Levels: Middle & High School 

 

Women & the American Story: Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783

Women’s contributions on both sides of the American Revolution were central to the conflict but often receive only superficial acknowledgment in textbooks and curriculum surveys. The Settler Colonialism and Revolution, 1692-1783 unit of the New-York Historical Society’s Women & the American Story curriculum (wams.nyhistory.org) addresses this gap. Looking beyond women’s roles as the wives of important men and/or camp followers, this interactive session will use resources from the curriculum to model how educators can bring wide-ranging women’s experiences into their American Revolution lessons and encourage their students to recognize and appreciate diversity across American history.

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Mia Nagawiecki

Subject Areas: US History, Social History, Gender Studies

Time Periods: Revolutionary Era 

Grade Levels: All 

 

Youth in History Education a Panel ( AKA - from the mouths of babes)

Join a panel of members of the American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team and program coordinators as they discuss the Youth Leadership Team program, what inspired their interest in history, and what makes history education relatable to Generation Z. This is your chance to find out what interests and inspires the historians of tomorrow. 

Session Type: Interactive Roundtable Discussion

Presenters: Connor Townsend, Chris Mackowski, and members of the American Battlefield Trust Youth Leadership Team 

Subject Areas: US History, Youth Engagement, Technology in the Classroom

Time Periods: Revolutionary Era, Early Republic, Antebellum, Civil War, Reconstruction

Grade Levels: All 

 

Saturday Tours:

"Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead!"—Civil War Mobile 

You have heard the famous quote uttered by Admiral David G. Farragut, now experience the sites associated with Civil War Mobile and the Battle of Mobile Bay. With a deepwater port and standing as the fourth largest city in the Southern Confederacy, Mobile was a vital link in the Confederate war effort and a major target for the Federal high command. Join the Director of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours Mark Bielski, and American Battlefield Trust Chief Historian Garry Adelman for an action-packed, photo and fun-filled tour of Civil War Mobile—where you will become a ship in the Union fleet! Visit some of the most famous sites associated with the Battle of Mobile Bay including Fort GainesFort Morgan. Touch the anchor of the USS Hartford. And learn more about the role that the original home of Mardi Gras played before, during, and after the American Civil War. 

Session Type: Tour

Presenters: Garry Adelman & Mark Bielski 

Subject Areas: Military History, US History, Political History, Geography, Historical Figures 

Time Periods: Antebellum South & American Civil War 

Grade Levels: All 

Sites: Fort Morgan, Fort Gaines & More

 

On the Flight Line: Naval Air Station Pensacola 

Strap in for a once in a lifetime experience, as you explore Naval Air Station Pensacola with former Blue Angel Bob Thomas. Learn more about the basics of flight, the birth of naval aviation, and how it is employed today. Take an up-close look at the aircraft that helped to define the modern United States Navy at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Learn more about the basics of flight at the National Flight Academy. Climb the step of the historic Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for a breathtaking view of the area and to learn the role of lighthouses during the Civil War. Each participant must carry a current photo ID with them on the day of the tour. 

Session Type: Tour

Presenters: Robert (Bob) Thomas & Kristopher White 

Subject Areas: Military History, US History, Political History, STEM

Time Periods: American Civil War, 20th Century, Modern United States 

Grade Levels: All 

Sites: National Naval Aviation MuseumPensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, National Flight Academy

 

Three Wars for the Price of One: Exploring Pensacola Florida's Many Conflicts

Established as a permanent military garrison in 1698, Pensacola’s strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico made it a coveted prize among the world’s most powerful nations. Originally settled by Spain, the city was relinquished to France who in turn surrendered it Great Britain following the French and Indian War. During the American Revolution, a daring Spanish expedition led by Bernardo de Gálvez, wrenched the city from the Crown’s hands. Some three decades later, Pensacola found itself at the center of the storm between the United States and Great Britain when the city was briefly occupied by Andrew Jackson. In the early years of the Civil War, blue and gray clashed for control of Pensacola’s harbor and surrounding fortifications. Join the American Battlefield Trust’s Education Associate Dan Davis and Emerging Revolutionary War Historian Phill Greenwalt for an exploration of nearly two centuries of Pensacola’s history. Visit Historic Pensacola Village, Fort George, and Fort Pickens to retrace the wars that helped define one of America’s oldest cities.

Session Type: Tour

Presenters: Daniel T. Davis & Phillip S. Greenwalt

Subject Areas: Military History, US History, Political History, Geography, Historical Figures 

Time Periods: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, American Civil War 

Grade Levels: All 

Sites: Historic Pensacola Village, Fort George, Fort Pickens & More 

 

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