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Summer Workshops for Educators on Using Historical Documents in the Classroom

Teachers scanning documents in Washington, DCAll workshops will have a national theme—Conflict and Compromise in History—matching that of National History Day (NHD) in 2018. (Participation in NHD is not required.)

You will explore a specific case study, with original documents in our archival holdings, that fits within the broader Conflict and Compromise in History theme. Specific case studies will be announced this spring.

You will identify between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) to digitize and describe. We will add these to our online tool for teaching with documents— DocsTeach.org—while you're onsite. During the workshop, you'll produce a DocsTeach learning activity using these digitized primary sources.

Locations and Dates

  • Check back this spring for more information.

Teachers in a workshop in ChicagoCost & Credit

  • The $100 fee includes all materials.
  • Graduate credit from a major university may be available for an additional fee.
  • Participants will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the course.

Application

Apply no later than six weeks before the workshop. Participation in each session is limited to 10 members. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Workshop Information for an application and further details.

Teachers in a workshop in DCPast Workshops

Read about Primarily Teaching, including our past workshops, on our Education Updates blog.

Comments from Past Participants

  • "This was the best workshop I have ever attended."
  • "I loved the opportunity to do archival research...as well as the ability to select documents for digitization and for use in DocsTeach."
  • "It’s really satisfying to see the result...appear online, and then to have all these documents made available to other teachers..."
  • "I am more confident using primary source documents in my teaching."
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of discovery."
  • "I have a renewed sense of enthusiasm for beginning yet another school year."
  • "This is the BEST, most VALUABLE class I have ever taken. My vocabulary is insufficient to describe it properly. Thank you!"
  • "I loved looking through the boxes on the first day...I now feel confident reaching out to learn more."
  • "An energizing academic experience."

 

Primarily Teaching workshops are made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the support of Texas Instruments.

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