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Professional Development Programs

The Chicago Metro History Fair provides professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects. From offerings in History Fair methods workshops to research experiences and scholar-based sessions, History Fair p.d. enriches teacher practice and builds content knowledge.
A mini-summer institute: July 19, 20, and 23, 9:30am to 3:00pm

At the National Museum of Mexican Art, Art Institute of Chicago, UIC Special Collections

What happens when art is brought into the history classroom? How might it engage student interest and connect them to history? How might art open avenues for questioning, analysis, and discussion? How might Chicago-based artists and their work deep historical understanding, empathy, identity – and inspire students to appreciate art and make art?

Offering the highly-acclaimed format of curator talks and tours, historian-led readings and discussions, research in special collections, and teacher praxis, CMHF offers a three-day institute that will leave teachers feeling enriched, inspired, and equipped with sources and activities to use in the history/social studies classroom. MeetAdrian Lozano, Errol Ortiz, Charles White and Bob Crawford. Deepen and extend your knowledge of Chicago history 1930s to the ‘70s as well.

Teachers will have the opportunity to collaboratively devise an activity or lesson plan composed of artwork and primary sources that can be used in social studies classes. 15 professional development hours and free materials, stipend. Apply by June 22. Consider inviting your school’s art teacher to apply as well. Or, for more information, write [email protected]

In a one-day intensive workshop, staff leads teachers through the process of teaching and doing History Fair. Expect a blend of presentation and experiential learning. Leave ready to plan your first History Fair year or confidently join the History Fair at your school. All sessions will be held at the Chicago History Museum.

Select June 27, July 12, August 9, or August 29.

  • Website Tutorial for History Fair Teachers who plan to offer the website category to their students are required to review the tutorial and take the certification test before allowing students to build websites.
  • National History Day offers numerous online courseswhich can be taken for graduate credit or audited.
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