Open today 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

workshop chm lib w books

Professional Development Programs

The Chicago Metro History Fair offers professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects. Check out the listings below for our 2017-2018 workshops, seminars, and institutes. For more information, or to register, contact [email protected]

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are free to teachers from History Fair Partner schools.


REMINDER: Website Certification Training

Teachers must be certified to offer the website category to their students. To become certified, please complete the online tutorial followed by the online test.


Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm at the Harold Washington Library

Take advantage of the History Fair Palooza at the Harold Washington Library by attending the librarian-led workshops on online primary and secondary sources, using the CPL catalog, and by observing one-on-one consultations. Teachers will build their research skills to strengthen their guidance of student’s inquiry process for History Fair. Professional Development hours will given. Workshop topics include: Secondary Sources (both online and CPL catalog), Primary Sources for African-American topics in Chicago, Advanced Newspaper Searches, Finding Special Collections and Documents for your topic (observation only), Individual Coaching (observation only), and Online Chicago Primary Sources.

AV Research Work-out for History Fair Teachers

Monday, February 19, 2018, 10am-12pm at the Williams Library, NEIU

History Fair teachers are invited learn how to research for authentic audio and video resources which can raise the quality of student projects when used appropriately (i.e., as evidence). Attend workshop sessions led by the experts at Media Burn, Studs Terkel Archives, a public historian, library staff. Being held during the NEIU-sponsored Palooza, teachers will learn about the resources to deepen capacity to guide and they will also reflect on the uses of AV as evidence.

History Fair teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the National History Day Graduate Courses for Teachers 2017-2018


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter!

Get updates on what’s happening at the Chicago History Museum from exhibitions and programs to special events and more.

What interests you most? Select all that apply.