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Virtual Teacher Institute Session Proposals

Now through December 17, 2021, we are accepting proposals for breakout sessions at our 2022 Virtual Teacher Institute. Sessions can be in the form of workshops, lectures, think tanks, power sessions, or moderated discussions. 

Our theme is "Teaching Hard History"

History is not straightforward, it is a complex series of interwoven events that can be challenging to unwind, let alone tackle in a classroom setting. Internal and external factors sometimes create a challenging setting for educators and students alike. How can we, as educators, cut through the static and present a fair and balanced narrative? 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 and safe manner?

Submit a Proposal 


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

Colonial Settlement Era (1600-1763)

Revolutionary War Era (1763-1783)

Early Republic (1783-1811)

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

Antebellum America (1816-1860)

American Civil War (1861-1865)

Reconstruction Era (1865-1877)

Jim Crow South (1877-1965)

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

African American History Anthropology C3 Framework
Civics/Government Cross-Disciplinary Cultural History
Curriculum and Instruction Economics/Economic History General American History 
Geography  Inquiry Learning  Memory Studies 
Museum Studies  Military History  Place Based Learning 
Political History  Primary Documents  Public History 
Social History  Student Engagement  Technology
Women's Rights Women's Studies World History

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.
  • 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 three Teacher Institute's (2019-2021).
  • If the presenter demonstrates realistic and specific teaching objectives?

Tips for submitting your proposal:

  • Know your audience. 
  • Stay focused on your topic.
  • Choose your session format wisely.
  • Layout clear objectives and strategies.
  • Have fun and engage with your audience. 
  • View the proposal as a sales pitch. Make people want to attend your session.
  • Proofread!


All applicants will be notified on or before January 15, 2022, of their submission status. 

One proposal per person, please!