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Our professional development programs provide rich and unique experiences with history. Connect with the Museum’s exhibitions and resources. Engage with staff and experts.

Virtual Teacher Book Club – Internment

Saturdays, October 24 and November 14, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$50 includes a copy of the book, mailed to you. Space is limited.

Join us for a new installment of the CHM Teacher Book Club! This year, we’re reading Internment by Samira Ahmed, set in a near-future United States in which American Muslims are forced into internment camps similar to the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II. The story follows Layla, a teen, as she and her friends try to navigate this scary new world.

The book club comprises two virtual sessions. In the first one, explore the historical background of Japanese internment during World War II using our exhibition Facing Freedom in America and website. Between sessions, we’ll read the book and have conversations about it using an online discussion platform. For the second session, we’re excited to welcome Internment author Samira Ahmed, a former local high school teacher, to talk about her experience writing the book and answer some of your questions. We will also share classroom resources for our American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago exhibition, which is currently on view. 10 PD hours – Two 3-hour sessions plus 4 hours for online discussion and reading the book. Participants must attend both sessions for full credit. Recommended for middle and high school teachers.

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Virtual Teacher Tuesdays

5:00–6:30 p.m. $5 per session.

These informal sessions focus on a topic and teaching strategy. Meet with Museum educators, receive resource materials, and develop your own instructional planning. 1.5 PD hours per session. Recommended for teachers of grades 3–12.

  • October 6 – Intro to Online Resources and Virtual Field Trip OpportunitiesCHM educators Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark will introduce you to digital resources that teachers can incorporate into their curriculum, as well as introduce you to the Museum’s virtual field trip options.  Purchase Tickets
  • December 8 – Learning from Objects. Become a historian in your own home! Using everyday objects, CHM educators Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark will share analysis and interpretive strategies that you can engage your students with virtually or in person.  Purchase Tickets
  • February 23 – American Medina: Stories of Muslim ChicagoDelve into the oral historybased American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago exhibition with CHM educators Heidi Moisan and Megan Clark to learn more about the experiences of the Chicago Muslim community and how they helped shape our city.  Purchase Tickets


Virtual Teacher Workshop | Millions of Moments

Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m., $20

Examine highlights from the Chicago Sun-Times photograph collection, a recent major acquisition for the Chicago History Museum. This rich collection spans the 1940s through the early 2000s and captures the city’s breaking news in sports, politics, entertainment, and Chicago’s neighborhoods. The session begins with a virtual visit to the exhibition Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection, which features 150 images. Participants will then engage in interactive learning strategies to delve deeper into the history, context, and art of the photographs and learn how to access the images to incorporate them into your instruction. Afterward, we will email you free PDFs of the materials and strategies used during the workshop. 3 PD hours. Recommended for teachers of grades K–12.

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Save These Dates!

Three-quarter length portrait of Ellen Ryan holding up pages of a wall calendar and pointing at the calendar, standing in a room in Chicago, Illinois. Text on the calendar reads: April 11, Wednesday.

Additional professional development opportunities are in the works for this spring. While the dates are set, we will determine times and format based on Chicago and Illinois health and safety guidelines in early 2021.

  • Saturdays, March 6 and 20, morning – Teacher Workshop | Democracy Limited: Chicago Women and the Vote
  • Saturday, May 1, morning – Teacher Workshop | Cultivating Civics in Your Classroom
  • Tuesday, May 18, early evening – Teacher Tuesday

In-Service Programs

Are you interested in a custom in-service experience?
We’re happy to plan with you. To get started, email Heidi Moisan, school programs manager, at [email protected]


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