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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

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Introduction to History Fair Bootcamp

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 10:30am-5:00pm

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

Contact info@chicagohistoryfair.org with any questions.

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/nqb6vm7



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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.



On-going Professional Development Programs

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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 ErikGellman 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. Visit the VABCR page.




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

University of Illinois at Chicago, July 5-31, 2015

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.

The application deadline is March 2, 2015. K-12 teachers in all disciplines, graduate students pursuing teacher certification, and educators in non-classroom settings (such as museums and archives that serve students and teachers) are eligible to apply.

Contact gape@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.

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