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Professional Development Programs
Professional Development Programs

CMHEC offers professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects--particularly History Fair. Check out the listings below for our 2015-2016 workshops, seminars, and institutes.

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

2016 Professional Development Programs

The Website Certification Training

Training for History Fair teachers is an online tutorial. Teachers must be certified to offer the category to their students.

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1. University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Special Collections

Saturday, January 16, 10:30am-3:30pm

2. Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center (HWLC)

Saturday, January 30, 10:30am-3:30pm

  • One-on-one research coaching, and on-yer-own
  • Use of books, microfilm, and other sources at UIC
  • Mini-workshops
  • Special collections tours and research interviews

For more information, visit the Research-Coaching-PALOOZA page.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute: "Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920"

University of Illinois at Chicago
June 26-July 22, 2016

Applications are due by March 1, 2016!

Some say we live in a second “Gilded Age.” Why do these historical periods—and the issues, events, and personalities of more than a century ago—still matter so much?

Chicago's rich Progressive Era history will be highlighted through the program's readings, discussions, lectures, inquiries, and explorations of historical and cultural resources. Participants will explore Hull House, take bus tours featuring significant sites in the city's labor history, investigate archival collections, and examine the impact of place through architecture. During the four-week institute, teachers will contemplate and debate how individuals and groups defined, reformed, and contributed to a vision for American democracy, opportunity, and culture. Robert Johnston (UIC), Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago), Rachel Allmen (CMHEC), and Michael Biondo (Maine South High School) will lead the institute.

Contact rallmen@chicagohistoryfair.org if you have questions about eligibility or the application process. You can also find more information at www.gildedandprogressive.org.

This program can only accept a limited number of participants from the Chicago area, but please share this information with teachers in other parts of the country who might be interested.


Previous 2015-2016 Workshops -- Sorry you missed them!

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Teachers Only Insider's Guide to Doing Research at the Chicago History Museum's Research Center

Tuesday, December 8, 4:30-7:00pm

More information to come!

NON CPS teachers register here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hands-on-teacher-workshop-at-chm-tickets-19045742328

Contact info@chicagohistoryfair.org with any questions.




"Troublemakers: Freedom Struggle Photography" by Art Shay

Saturday, December 5, 10am-12noon

Gage Gallery, Roosevelt University, 18 S. Michigan Ave.

"Troublemakers" highlights more than 300 pictures culled from Shay's voluminous archives, which encompass photos of nearly every aspect of American life in the mid-20th century. Some were taken while Shay was on assignment for Time or Life; others were taken while he wandered around the city, as Erik Gellman puts it, "looking for action." Many of them have never been shown before.

Talk led by the curator, discussion group, and materials

Reservations required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troublemakers-freedom-struggle-photography-by-art-shay-tickets-19071054036


Introduction to History Fair: The "Boot Camp"

Learn everything about History Fair in one intense day-- from planning in your classroom to assessing the final product.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 9:00am-3:00pm (CPS S.I.P. day)

Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, Chicago

Contact info@chicagohistoryfair.org with any questions.

Introduction to History Fair: The "Boot Camp"

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:30am-3:00pm

Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. Chicago, IL 60605

NON-CPS Teachers register here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-history-fair-boot-camp-tickets-18853248574

CPS Teachers may register via the CPS Learning Hub

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History Fair 2016 Kickoff

WEDNESDAY, October 14, 2015, 4:30-7:00pm

Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.

Meet the new theme, "Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in Illinois History" with a presentation about the Century of Progress by Diane Dillon, Newberry Library.

Watch a demonstration of Noodle Tools with Skinner North teacher Elaine Cox, and learn about "Explore Chicago Collection" with its director Jaclyn Grahl -- two tools to support your teaching and to enrich your students' inquiry.AND MORE.

Get classroom resources, food, and drink!

Contact info@chicagohistoryfair.org with any questions.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-2016-chicago-metro-history-fair-kickoff-registration-17986498100

View the email invitation and forward it to your friends!


Introduction to History Fair: The "Boot Camp"

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:00am-3:00pm

Register herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-history-fair-tickets-17899211022





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Visual Arts of the Black Chicago Renaissance

July 13-17, 9am-5pm

Explore the artists of the Black Chicago Renaissance, their art, and their contributions to the long civil rights movement.  Learn and develop your own lessons to integrate their works into your curriculum.

Led by Amy Mooney of Columbia College and Erik Gellman of Roosevelt University with guest scholars from the Art Institute and the South Side Community Art Center. Sessions will be held at historical and cultural institutions in the city.



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History Fair Field Trips for Teachers: The Chicago Labor History Bus Tour

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 9am-5pm

Encounter the rich history of Chicago workers in this unique seminar led by Dr.  Jeff Helgeson in conjunction with the Illinois Labor History Society and the Teaching Primary Sources program at DePaul University. Explore the Library of Congress for primary sources about Chicago Labor History before boarding the bus for a tour of key labor sites. CPDUs offered. To register:http://tinyurl.com/ou9nr85.

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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