Professional Development Programs
Professional Development Programs 2014-2015

CMHEC offers professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects--particularly History Fair. Check out the listings below for our 2014-2015 workshops, seminars, and institutes.

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are free to History Fair Partner schools.


"Visual Arts of the Black Arts Movement"

A Summer Institute offered by CMHEC and the Terra Foundation

July 21-25, 2014

Black artists, writers, dancers and performers created powerful, positive images of black culture and identity through various media in the wake of the civil rights movement and dawn of the Black Nationalist movement.  The Visual Arts of the Black Arts Movement (VABAM) will focus on integrating the arts into the classroom to promote visual literacy, critical thinking, and historical understanding of civil rights and the Black Power period. [Art: "Rise and Take Control," silkscreen, 1971, by Barbara Jones-Hogu, used with permission.]

Applications now closed.


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History Fair Methods: A Lane Credit Course

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8-9 from 9am until 5pm

-Earn 1 semester hour for Lane Credit

-Learn all aspects of the History Fair: engage in learning by doing

-Visit key institutions that will be crucial for your students’ History Fair experience
-Understand how to structure HF benchmarks to keep your students on task
-Engage in key readings associated with historical inquiry
-Align History Fair to Common Core and CPS Teachers Framework (or your district’s p.d. requirements)
-Leave with the confidence to start History Fair at your school.

For Lane Credit, CPS teachers must register at cpsuniversity Course #18569.  For all teachers not seeking Lane Credit register directly.  For more information, contact Lisa Oppenheim at Spaces are limited!


nara urbanFall 2014 Professional Development Programs

History Fair Boot Camps: One-day intensive workshops, 9-3pm, at the Newberry Library. Six cpdu's, free materials.


"Leadership & Legacy" Topics and Research Workshops (TBA)

Women's Ways of Leadership: Women & Leadership Archives of Loyola University

In the African-American Community: Harsh Collection of the Woodson Regional Library

Mainstream Electoral Politics: UIC Special Collections

Visual Arts of the Black Arts Movement

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Website Certification

IMPORTANT NOTE TO TEACHERS: We are pleased to see your interest in the History Fair’s newest category, historical websites. Any teacher that wants to enter student website projects in the History Fair this year is required to take the training, below, and earn certification.


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