In this three-day workshop by the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies, representatives from all 17 Midwestern state councils for the social studies received professional development centered on the trends, barriers, and best practices for primary source instruction. Summit participants collaborated and created a project template that was adapted for audiences in their states. Follow-up sessions took place for participating leaders at national meetings of the National Council for the Social Studies.
Contact: Jessica Ellison
This project at the University of Minnesota Learning Technologies Media Lab included sessions on primary source instruction, geography, and history content that enabled teachers to develop inquiry-based lessons and geospatial resources using the online resources from the Library of Congress website. The workshops focused on six major components of study: document-based inquiry and geospatial lessons, maps as primary sources, standards-based lessons, tutorials and peer reviews, the use of geospatial software for examining maps, and field trips to the Minnesota Historical Society Library, the John R. Borchert Map Library, and James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota.
Contact: Aaron Doering
This project at Winona State University incorporated six workshops in which in-service teachers from Minnesota and Wisconsin learned to use written, visual, and aural sources from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources website as a means to create powerful social studies lessons for students in Grades 5–12. This project empowered in-service and pre-service teachers to integrate primary sources into their classroom instruction for the purpose of enriching students' historical thinking and imagination.
Contact: James Schul
During a two-day teacher workshop, which was conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society, sessions were presented by Minnesota History Day staff, Minnesota Historical Society, and University of Minnesota faculty. Each participant created a primary source set for use in their classroom. These workshops helped promote a history education community in Minnesota and provided opportunities for hands-on learning and discussion among peers.
Contact: Sarah Aschbrenner
In this project, awarded to the Minnesota Historical Society, the National History Day and Teacher Education staff provided three-day workshops for Minnesota educators. The goals of these workshops were to familiarize teachers with collections from the Library of Congress and the Minnesota Historical Society, aid educators in identifying the parallels between national, state, and local history, help teachers meet Minnesota state standards, and provide teachers with classroom-ready primary source materials. The workshops were intended to promote the National History Day program as an effective means to engage students in the use of primary source materials.
Contact: Jessica Ellison
In this project, awarded to the Minnesota Historical Society, the National History Day and Teacher Education staff provided three-day workshops for Minnesota educators. The goals of these workshops were to familiarize teachers with collections from the Library of Congress and the Minnesota Historical Society. In addition, trainers assisted teachers in drawing parallels between national, state, and local history. This collaboration helped teachers meet Minnesota state standards and provided teachers with classroom-ready primary source materials. The workshops promoted the National History Day program as an effective means to engage students in the use of primary source materials.
Contact: Tim Hoogland
This project, awarded to the Upper Midwest Council for History of Education, focused on improving and expanding primary source instruction in Minnesota classrooms in several ways. A three-day institute for in-service and pre-service history teachers was developed and promoted to the history community in Minnesota. A summer teacher institute included sessions on primary source instruction, inquiry-based instruction, mentoring, individual research time, and peer review. Finally, teachers’ experiences and final products were disseminated via the Minnesota Council for History Education website and individual presentations at teachers’ schools, districts, or pre-service classes.
Contact: Matt Moore
The Department of Geography of Macalester College, the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE), and the Minnesota Council for History Education (MNCHE) held a summer institute at Macalester College, which focused on using maps from the digital archives of the Library of Congress. The use of these primary documents in inquiry-based lessons enabled students to master selected benchmarks in the new Minnesota Graduation Requirements for Social Studies. MAGE and MNCHE are collaboratives of K–16 educators who advocate geographic and historical literacy for all teachers and students. Map specialists and master teachers led sessions during the summer institute for educators who were interested in developing a new primary source-based curriculum. Participants created map-based lessons that were professionally edited and posted on the MAGE and MNCHE websites.
Contact: David Lanegran