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Through the Chicago Inquiries program, the Chicago History Museum in collaboration with 826CHI, partners with ten Chicago public schools over the entire school year to support 6-8th grade educators in implementing inquiry-based teaching methods while learning about Chicago history. This free program offers access to 8 English/Spanish articles with accompanying fully developed lesson plans that focus on the development of inquiry skills. The program also offers teacher professional development, museum visits, research workshops with museum professionals, writing workshops provided by our program partner 826CHI, and culminates in a family event at the Museum that features students’ work. Its curricular approach centers examples of civic engagement, particularly that of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, LGBTQ Chicagoans, Chicagoans with Disabilities, and labor movements in the City of Chicago. These narratives engage students in connecting with their local histories to support their knowledge of the past to understand the present to plan for a future for a Chicago that encompasses everyone’s stories.

Interested in participating in the Chicago Inquiries program? Contact our program coordinator.

Want to support the Chicago Inquiries program? This program would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Please consider donating today.

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