Maine National History Day Teacher Workshop

Join the Maine Humanities Council and Maine Historical Society for a fall workshop on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. Led by Professor Libby Bischof from University of Southern Maine, the workshop will focus on visual literacy: how to analyze and use images as sources in and of themselves, instead of merely as illustration. Led by a History Day teaching veteran, attendees will also discuss how to incorporate these principles into their curricular activities. Register now!

Teachers should bring a laptop or tablet for reviewing the NHD website and other online resources.

CEUs or certificates will be provided upon request.

HISTORY IN CONTEXT: Aligning American Memory & Maine Memory Network Resources for Teachers

TEACHERS: Interested in better ways to use national and local primary sources in the classroom?

Join Maine Historical Society this summer for


Aligning American Memory & Maine Memory Network Resources for Teachers

A stipend-supported day-long Teaching with Primary Sources workshop funded by the Library of Congress

Tuesday, August 4, Maine Historical Society, Portland

Thursday, August 6, Cohen Middle School, Bangor 

9:30AM - 3:00PM

Maine Historical Society recently received a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources grant to create robust lesson plans pairing historical items on MHS's Maine Memory Network with related items from the LOC's American Memory.

Curriculum is being created on three topics: immigration, World War I, and Maine statehood. The content-rich workshops will unveil the new curriculum, provide interactive training on using the two online museums, and engage participants in hands-on small group work. Two veteran Maine Memory Network teachers will provide examples of using primary sources in the classroom.

Stipends of $50 are available to the first 25 people who register at each site (50 stipends total).

Five teachers who attend the workshops will be invited to apply to serve as case studies during the 2015-2016 academic year for an additional $200 stipend. Case studies involve having 4-6 classroom visits by MHS education staff throughout the year. Information about the case studies will be provided at the workshops.  

Download a registration form. For more information on the workshops, contact Kathleen Neumann, Manager of Education and Interpretation, MHS, at 207-774-1822 x214 or kneumann@mainehistory.org

2015 Medal of Honor Legacy Graduate Teacher Seminar

Free Summer Professional Development with Graduate Credit

2015 Medal of Honor Legacy Graduate Teacher Seminar

June 28—July 3 « July 19—24 « July 26—31

Program features:

« Living Medal of Honor Recipients and veterans panels discussing their experience.

¨ This year’s MOH participants are: General Patrick Brady, USA (Ret.), General James Livingston, USMC (Ret)., and Colonel Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret.)

« Five days of scholarly lectures on World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

¨ Past faculty include: historian David Eisenhower, author Gary Williams (Seal of Honorand Guardian of Guadalcanal), Colonel Greggory Daddis (West Point), Professor Rogers Smith (UPENN), Professor Eric Davis (Rutgers), Dr. Nicholas Schlosser (Marine University), Major Kim Youngjun (National Defense University, Republic of Korea), and Professor David Barrett (Villanova).

« Visits to Philadelphia historic sites at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and National Constitution Center.

« Training and materials for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program.

« Visit the Freedoms Foundation Medal of Honor Grove and Archives in Valley Forge, PA.

« Graduate credit from Immaculata University.

Observations from last year’s evaluations:

 100% of past participants would recommend this program to a colleague.

98% of participating teachers learned something new every day of the program.

94% of teachers said the course benefited them individually.

“This program is going to provide new life to my classroom curriculum. I feel recharged professionally! … I hope and pray that these values resonate within my classroom and beyond.”

 “I enjoyed and welcomed the presentation from the Korean perspective. I believe that is an excellent way to learn.”

 “Thank you for providing top notch historians and professors. I learned so much. My little notebook is filled with information, and I believe I will be a much better history teacher as a result. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

 “The academic schedule and meeting the veterans was so valuable. I appreciated the format of each day.”

“Being able to start the day with a MOH recipient at our breakfast table was pretty awesome…not to mention insightful.”

 “I can’t pull out one favorite thing, truly loved the entire week. Events flowed together well, information was extremely valuable! I would recommend this program to not only every teacher but every American!”

 Scholarships for programs is valued at $1,400 per teacher which includes accommodations,admissionstour transportationinstruction, and one graduate credit hour. Additional credits are $150 each. Most meals are included except for dinner on your own in Philadelphia. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program as well as transfer from the airport  to the Freedoms Foundation campus upon arrival. Travel stipends may be available (while funds last) for those traveling more than 100 miles.

 Register online today.

 For more information contact Kim DeBlase.