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Teacher Professional Development at the NHD National Contest

Get a jump on the 2014-2015 school year and contest season by attending one of four teacher professional development sessions. Bring your own laptop and leave each session with strategies and materials to put into your classroom in September 2014!  Certificates of professional development will be offered.

Sessions are offered for $25 for a single session, $45 for any two sessions, or $90 for all four sessions.

Monday June 16,  9:00AM - 4:00PM

Introduction to Chronozoom
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Shoemaker Building, Room 2102

Chronozoom is an innovative and interactive timeline tool that helps students understand the concept of big history, while also allowing them to hone in on specific topics and issues that have shaped the world we live in today. Through a series of queries, students are able to zoom back in time to a specific era, event, or person and uncover the truths of the past. This session will explain what Chronozoom is, and detail some of the strategies and techniques teachers can use in their classroom to help students grasp a better understanding of concepts such as historical significance, perspective, and causation. Teachers will leave the session  with an understanding of how Chronozoom and the C3 Framework can help students better understand historical concepts, and will be able to implement strategies and techniques to assess student knowledge and understanding of historical perspective, causation, and significance.
Presenter:  Samantha Shires, 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Microsoft Education Consultant

Teaching Historical Thinking Using Chronozoom

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Shoemaker Building, Room 2102

This workshop will show how to combine the free ChronoZoom tool, project based learning, and a time travel story for an innovative way to teach historical thinking skills. The workshop will begin with examining what it means to do Historical Thinking and historical inquiry, and how ChronoZoom helps to encourage these skills. Attendees will receive a project based curriculum to teach historical thinking skills, and during this workshop will learn to adjust it to fit any historical content. Finally, the workshop will demonstrate how to engage students in the historical thinking project by integrating a time travel narrative. Attendees will leave the workshop knowing how to use the ChronoZoom tool for history projects, understanding what historical thinking looks like, and will receive a project-based learning unit to teach historical thinking using ChronoZoom and a time travel narrative.
Presenter:  David Hunter, Microsoft Education Consultant

Tuesday June 17,  9:00AM - 3:00PM

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement Using the First Amendment

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Shoemaker Building, Room 2102

How can you help students connect with the pressing issues of the Civil Rights Movement? And how can you seamlessly incorporate the new C3 Framework into your current practice?  In this interactive session, teachers learn how to integrate the free, standards-aligned resources in the Newseum’s newest module, “Making a Change: The First Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement,” into their current curricula.  They will explore how participants in the Movement used their First Amendment rights to advocate or prevent change, and test some of the module resources that include flexible lesson plans, downloadable primary sources and unique interactives.  By the end of the session, participants will be equipped to apply new content and the C3 Framework in their classrooms.
Presenters: Anna Kassinger and Maggie Crawford, Newseum

Leadership and Legacy in History

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Shoemaker Building, Room 2102

Join Dr. Cathy Gorn for a fun presentation of the 2015 Leadership and Legacy in History Theme. Following that, join teacher Chris Carter from the Concordia International School in Shanghai, China, to review a case study of how he uses the Chronicling America resource in his classroom, and develop a lesson module for your classroom for the 2014-2015 year.  Chronicling America, a free database of digitized, historic U.S. newspapers from America’s states and territories that spans 1836-1922, allows students to uniquely relive the daily reporting on this war from multiple perspectives.  This presentation and work session is designed to enhance the content and tools of civic literacy through inquiry-based engagement with primary historic sources, especially those that contain argument and analysis. As a teaching tool, Chronicling America enriches both the technological and pedagogical content knowledge of educators. As a learning tool, it engages students in hands-on, authentic, inquiry-driven learning.
Dr. Cathy Gorn, Executive Director of National History Day
Chris Carter, NHD teacher, Concordia International School, Shanghai, China
Mary Bezbatchenko, NHD in Ohio State Coordinator