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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.

Save these dates! Registration for all professional development programs opens in late August 2019.


Teacher Tuesdays

5:007:00 p.m.
$3, 2 PD hours

Meet with Museum educators, explore galleries, and develop your own instructional planning at these informal sessions. Each one focuses on a topic and teaching strategy and includes take-home resource materials and time for one-on-one conversations. Snacks included.

  • October 1, The Field Trip OBJECTive: Maximize any museum visit with flexible strategies that engage students in close looking and critical thinking in exhibitions.
  • January 14, 2020, American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago: Explore this oral historybased exhibition to learn more about the experiences of the Chicago Muslim community and how they helped shape our city.
  • April 28, 2020: Get a preview of a new student gallery experience that explores migration and immigration history in Chicago. Your feedback will help shape this offering for the upcoming school year.



Book Club: 1919 Chicago Race Riots

Saturdays, October 19 and December 14
9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

$50, 6 PD hours

This book study group examines two works on the 1919 Race Riot that were written for young people by local authors: Crossing the Line by Bibi Belford (recommended for grades 49) and A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield (recommended for grades 79). The first session includes a presentation on the events by Chicago History Museum assistant curator Julius L. Jones, primary source analysis activities, and time in our Chicago: Crossroads of America exhibition to establish historical context. The second session features facilitated discussion groups and teaching strategies around both works.

Educators must attend both sessions for full credit. Registration includes light breakfast refreshments and a copy of the book of your choice.


Chicago: Her Story

Saturdays, March 7 and 21, 2020  Onsite sessions: $25 each
Saturday, March 28, 2020 Trolley tour: $40
Register for all three for $80.
9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.,
3 PD hours per session

Discover how women shaped the Chicago we know today. The first two sessions include a presentation, gallery activities, primary source analysis, and instructional materials for your classroom. For the final session, CHM educator Megan Clark leads a trolley tour that explores how four Chicago women—an activist, a philanthropist, an anarchist, and a reformer—agitated positive change in the lives of other women and children through very different approaches. Tour participants are invited to register a non-educator guest. Light breakfast refreshments included.



American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago

Saturday, November 16, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
$25, 3 PD hours

Learn more about the Chicago Muslim experience in our forthcoming exhibition American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago, which opens in October 2019. Based on oral history interviews, hear from diverse voices on journey, faith, and identity. We will share teaching strategies, connections to social science standards, and resource materials on countering anti-Muslim racism. Light refreshments included.



In-Service Programs

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


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