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Virtual Teacher Institute: July 7-10, 2020

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Note: You must register for EACH session that you wish to attend, and you must attend four (4) or more sessions to qualify for a CEU certificate. Each session will run for at least one hour. 

 

All times are EST.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

9:00 A.M.: The Whole Civil War in 61 minutes with Garry Adelman

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.

Presenter: Garry Adelman, American Battlefield Trust

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

Time Periods: Antebellum Era, Civil War Era

Grade Levels: All 

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11:30 A.M.: Curate in the Classroom: The Jim Crow Era with Kara Boehne-Miele & Peter Miele

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.

Presenters: Kara Boehne-Miele & Peter Miele, Seminary Ridge Museum

Subject Areas: African American History, Critical Thinking, US History, Political History, Race & Gender, Social History, Technology in the Classroom

Time Periods: Reconstruction Era & Jim Crow South

Grade Levels: All 

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1:30 P.M.: “An Almost Incredible Victory”: Andrew Jackson, the Battle of New Orleans and American Memory with Dan Davis

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.

Presenter: Daniel T. Davis, American Battlefield Trust

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

Time Periods: War of 1812

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Grade Levels: Middle & High School

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4:00 P.M.: Heroes Among Us: Character Development Program with the staff of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

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: Staff of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation 

Subject Areas: Leadership, Character Development, US History

Time Periods: Civil War Era & General US History 

Grade Levels: All 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

9:00 A.M.: “A Scene of So Much Sorrow and Anguish:” Environment and Disease after Gettysburg with Pete Miele

In the middle of March 2020, the country was turned upside down.  Lives were fundamentally altered as the nation responded to the COVID-19 crisis.  But, responding to threats of disease outbreak is something not uncommon to people of this country. 

This session will focus on the town of Gettysburg and the surrounding areas in the aftermath of the Civil War’s largest battle.  How did physicians, patients, and the public response to the environmental and medical crisis that lingered as armies moved on?  What can we learn about the current COVID-19 crisis by looking at the experience of those who rose to the challenge during the Civil War?

Special attention will be paid to incorporating a microhistorical approach in the classroom and how larger events can impact and be impacted by communities.  Methods and techniques for connecting national events to your locality will be explored.

Presenter: Peter Miele, Seminary Ridge Museum

Subject Areas: Critical Thinking, Medical History, US History, Military History, Social History

Time Periods: Antebellum Era, Civil War Era

Grade Levels: Middle & High School

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11:30 A.M.: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow with Mia Nagawiecki

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.

Presenter: Mia Nagawiecki, New-York Historical Society

Subject Areas: African American History, US History, Political History, Race & Gender, Social History

Time Periods: Reconstruction Era & Jim Crow South

Grade Levels: All 

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1:30 P.M.: Teaching with The National WWII Museum with Adam Foreman

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.

Presenter: Adam Foreman, National World War II Museum 

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

Time Periods: Early 20th Century

Grade Levels: All

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4:00 P.M.: Teaching Virtually & with the American Battlefield Trust with Chris Mackowski & the Staff of the American Battlefield Trust

Distance learning has become a hot topic in recent months. While many think that you can simply film an educator and stream the feed across the internet and expect the same results as in-class learning, the truth is, distance teaching, and learning is both an art and a science. As a faculty member of the St. Bonaventure School of Journalism, Dr. Chris Mackowski helped to pave the way for online learning at one of the countries leading journalism schools. Join Chris and members of the American Battlefield Trust Staff as they cover the ins and outs of distance learning while utilizing free materials provided by the American Battlefield Trust. 

Presenters: Dr. Chris Mackowski & the Staff of the American Battlefield Trust

Subject Areas: US History, General Education, Technology in the Classroom, Distance Learning 

Time Periods:  Antebellum Era, Civil War Era

Grade Levels: All 

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

9:00 A.M.: Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office with Jake Wynn

Clara Barton is arguably the most famous and influential women to come out of the Civil War era. Her exploits as a nurse during the conflict, and her tireless efforts to create the American Chapter of the Red Cross, and just part of her fascinating story. Join Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine & the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office for a look at this famous personality, and the impact she had on and off the battlefield. 

Presenter: Jake Wynn, Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

Subject Areas: Critical Thinking, Medical History, US History, Military History, Social History

Time Periods: Antebellum, Civil War Era, Reconstruction Era

Grade Levels: Middle & High School

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11:30 A.M.: Signs and Symbols of the American Revolution with Adrienne Whaley

Students encounter signs and symbols hundreds of times a day; visual imagery is constantly used to communicate ideas, create in-groups, and sell products. The same was true in the Revolutionary Era. Through analysis of the images and objects of this time, students can see signs, symbols, and other imagery as a language that can be read to understand mid-to-late 18th-century America, while practicing close looking skills, making inferences, substantiating arguments and evaluating multiple perspectives. In this session, educators will encounter specific examples of 18th-century imagery and consider how signs and symbols can be used both as a pathway to historical content and a bridge to the contemporary era.

Presenter: Adrienne Whaley, Museum of the American Revolution  

Subject Areas: Critical Thinking, US History, Political History, Social History, Interactive Learning

Time Periods: Revolutionary War Era 

Grade Levels: All 

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1:30 P.M.: How to identify fake news on social media with Connor Townsend

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, American Battlefield Trust

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

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

Grade Levels: All

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4:00 P.M.: Hollywood vs. History: The Civil War On Screen with Chris Mackowski

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.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Mackowski, St. Bonaventure University 

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

Time Periods: Civil War Era

Grade Levels: All 

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Friday, July 10, 2020

9:00 A.M.: Women & the American Story: Settler Colonialism and the Revolution, 1692-1783 with Mia Nagawiecki

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.

Presenter: Mia Nagawiecki, New-York Historical Society

Subject Areas: US History, Social History, Gender Studies

Time Periods: Revolutionary Era 

Grade Levels: All 

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11:30 A.M.: Lessons in Leadership: Teaching George Washington in the Classroom with Adam Zielinski

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. 

Presenter: Adam Zielinski

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

Time Periods: Revolutionary War Era 

Grade Levels: All 

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2:00 P.M.: A Civil War Photo Extravaganza with Garry Adelman

Photos, stories, and more. Join the American Battlefield Trust’s chief historian for fast-paced; action-packed, journey through the Civil War, via photography. Learn how this new technology functioned in practice, and how it brought the story of the Civil War to the masses. Also, learn more about the 3-D component of Civil War photography. Yes! Many of their photos were taken in 3-D! Learn more about this technology and how it can be employed in your classroom. 

Presenter: Garry Adelman, American Battlefield Trust 

Subject Areas: US History, Political History, Leadership, Historical Figures, Military History, Technology, Hands-on Learning

Time Periods: Civil War Era

Grade Levels: All 

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Note: You must register for EACH session that you wish to attend, and you must attend four (4) or more sessions to qualify for a CEU certificate. Each session will run for at least one hour.