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Breakout Sessions, Lectures & Tours

2020 National Teacher Institute

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Breakout Sessions, General Sessions & Tours

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General Sessions:

Fact vs.Truth and How Movies Walk that Line

Session description coming soon. 

Session Type: General Session

Presenter: Dr. Chris Mackowski 

Subject Areas: US History, General Education

Time Periods: General US History

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 

Session description coming soon. 

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:

“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 

 

"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)

Session description coming soon. 

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Douglas Ullman, Jr. 

Subject Areas: US History, Military History, Historical Figures

Time Periods: Civil War

Grade Levels: All 

 

Social Paradigms; perspectives, social gaps and code-switching

This interactive workshop will engage participants in a diversity perception party, a discussion 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 Writing for History Students: Five Good Writing Tips that Every Teacher and Student Should Know

Session description coming soon.

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 Power of "What If?"

The power of "What If?" in the social studies context meets meaningful, historical simulations and puts students in command of re-creating what could have been. Join 2016 American Battlefield Trust Teacher of the Year Phil Caskey in understanding the power of utilizing 'what ifs' in your classroom through simulation learning, scaffolding and cross-curricular ventures. Are you looking for a cool culminating activity? Then join Phil as he has some beneficial insight on interactive, empowered involvement and making your students not want to leave your classroom when the bell rings! Attendees are encouraged to partake in painting a 54 mm toy soldier after the session with Phil once his presentation is over. 

Session Type: Workshop

Presenter: Phil Caskey

Subject Areas: US History

Time Periods: General US History 

Grade Levels: All 

 

The Road to Revolution

Session description coming soon. 

Session Type: Lecture

Presenter: Phillip S. Greenwalt 

Subject Areas: US History, Political History, Social History 

Time Periods: Revolutionary War Era 

Grade Levels: All 

 

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 acknowledgement 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 

 

Saturday Tours:

 

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