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.

Fall 2014 Professional Development Programs

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


kickoff 2014History Fair Teachers Kickoff & Reception

Tuesday, October 14, 4pm to 6pm at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, Chicago 60610

Meet the new theme with Dr. Dominic Pacyga: "Leadership and Legacy in [Chicago/Illinois] History"

Learn about new re/sources--online and in person. Get stuff.

Food and drinks.

hwl dayResearch Day at the Harold for Teachers & Students

Saturday, December 6, 2014 — 9:30am-12noon

Meet in the Authors Rooms, 7th floor.




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"Leadership & Legacy" Topics and Research Workshops

Explore this year's theme by attending these three topic/research-based sessions at local special collections. You'll gain content knowledge, insights, research tools, and primary sources to share with your students.  Teachers have an opportunity to earn a Lane Credit too!

  • Women's Ways of Leadership and Activism: Women & Leadership Archives of Loyola University, October 25, 9:30am-12noon
  • Grassroots Leadership in the African-American Community: A Conversation Among Elder Activists & Showcase of the Harsh Collection: Woodson Regional Library, November 8, 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Chicago Politics in the Daley Era: UIC Special Collections in the UIC Daley Library, December.

Summer 2014 Workshops -- Sorry you missed them!


"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!

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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