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.

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.


hwl dayResearch Day at the Harold Washington Library for Teachers & Students

Saturday, December 6, 2014 — 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Harold Washington Library Center, at Congress and State Streets. Meet in the Authors Room, 7th Floor.

Teachers and students learn how to take advantage of doing research at the HWLC by discovering less-used databases, engaging in primary source work in the Special Collections, and touring the library to find out how the library is organized and what sources and services exist.  Led by the CPL librarians, students will learn by doing as they research their own particular topics with the direct help of the librarians and research mentors. Spaces limited, register asap.


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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. These primary source workshops benefit novice and experienced researcher alike and provide the opportunity to build or augment critical skills related to CCSS.

Register for individual sessions of interest or take all three to earn 15 hours of credit towards a Lane Credit semester hour and a CMHEC Certificate in History Research.

Women's Ways of Leadership and Activism

Saturday, October 25, 9:30am-12 noon at Loyola University, in the Women & Leadership Archives located in Piper Hall, 1032 W. Sheridan (Rogers Park campus).

In addition to feminist politics, women in the 1960s-80s addressed such issues as homelessness, environmentalism, civil rights, domestic violence, consumer rights, and anti-intervention in Central America.  Learn about women’s activism history from professor Emily L.B.Twarog Miller and by digging into some of the rich collections of the WLA. Develop a relationship with the WLA and  your school for current and future History Fairs. Director Nancy Freeman will share insights to sources on rarely used women’s history topics that will inspire your students to deeper research, inspired arguments, and memorable projects. Preview the list of current topics. At the workshop, we will explore some, but not all collections described.

Grassroots Leadership in the African-American Community: A Conversation Among Elder Activists

Saturday, November 8, 1-4pm at the Woodson Regional Library, 95th and Halsted (free parking)

The event features a conversation among activists involved in the struggle since CIO organizing to the school boycotts and Willis Wagons, to the election of Harold Washington---and everything in between. Dr. Aldon Morris of Northwestern University (author of The Origins of the Civil Rights Movements) will moderate a discussion among elder activists in the African-American community about past and current issues. The elders, who call themselves the Ankobia-Project are Bennett Johnson, Rosie Simpson, Clarice Durham, John Adams, Brenetta Howell Barrett and Lorne Love)—many who don’t have the “public face” but are the leaders that made the movement move!  Following these informal oral histories, students and teachers will spend a brief time reviewing key primary sources in the Harsh Collection which include the elders' own papers. No space limitation for students.

Leadership and Politics in the Daley Era: From the Machine to Community Organizing

Tuesday, January 13, 4:30pm to 7pm at the Special Collections Library in the UIC Library, 801 S. Morgan, third floor

The 1960s: a volatile time in Daley Era Chicago.  While machine politics continued unabated, the traditional political landscape grew more complex, and the non-electoral political sphere flourished among community, women's and African-American's organizations. Get a close look at some of the materials saved by politicians and elected officials of the era and also explore the groups and leaders that were determined to be heard and pushed for change during the same time.


To register, click the title of each program.  Contact CMHEC for information about registering at cpsuniversity for the Lane Credit hour.

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!

History 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.


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