Professional Development Programs 2014-2015 PDF Print E-mail

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 accepted until 4/25/2014. Learn More on the VABAM webpage.


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History Fair Methods: A Lane Credit Course


In only one week’s time you will:

-Earn 1 semester hour for Lane Credit (2-semester course option is available)
-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. You will become eligible for special coaching opportunities from CMHEC as well.

For Lane Credit, CPS teachers must register at cpsuniversity Course #18569.  For all teachers not seeking Lane Credit register directly by emailing Spaces are limited!


nara urbanSTAY TUNED for Fall 2014 Professional Development Programs:

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

Lane Credits

"Leadership & Legacy" Workshops



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