Teacher Programs

The NJCH Teacher Institute provides professional development programs for New Jersey K-12 educators and recognizes outstanding work by teachers of humanities disciplines. Questions relating to Teacher Institute programming should be directed to Mary Grace Whealan at mwhealan@njch.org

Applications are now available for submission through an online form. Please direct any questions to MaryGrace Whealan, Program Officer for teacher workshops, at mwhealan@njch.org.  Please note, applications must be submitted in full. 


Untitled design (7)Expand your teaching toolbox this summer with two NEW offerings from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Both courses are 3-day, non-residential, offering 21 hours of professional development credit. Registration is $50:

  • Making Local History Matter

    July 13-15 at Rutgers University – Newark Campus APPLY HERE Build pride-of-place, research skills & engage with hands-on projects that put students in the role of community historians. Choose from a variety of digital tools & presentation formats that allow students to share their discoveries with audiences & practice historical interpretation. Read more by clicking the “Summer Seminars” tab above.

  • Suffragists to Senators

    July 20-22 at The Alice Paul Institute APPLY HERE Explore the challenges faced by women concerning the rights of voting & politics. Develop concrete takeaways for teaching about women’s political empowerment. Increase students’ understanding of our democratic systems through exploration of both historical struggles & contemporary women’s issues. Read more by clicking the “Summer Seminars” tab above. [ As of 6/18, this course is FULL. Please note that if you apply after this date, you will be placed on our wait list. Spots often do open, so please contact Mary Grace Whealan at mwhealan@njch.org with any questions! Thank you. ]

Summer Teacher Seminars

Teacher Institute seminars are three-day tuition-free courses; lunch is provided. Activities at the seminars include lectures, discussions,  films, writing workshops, curriculum planning, and opportunities to network with scholars and teaching colleagues.

Untitled design (9)Making Local History Matter

July 13-15 at Rutgers University – Newark Campus

In partnership with The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern American Experience at Rutgers University-Newark, this workshop will provide teachers with tools to build students’ historical research skills with hands-on projects that put students in the role of community historians. Workshop participants will choose from a variety of digital tools and presentation formats that allow students to share their discoveries with audiences and practice historical interpretation. In preparation for the city’s 350th anniversary in 2016, the workshop will use Newark as a laboratory and model for community engaged historical research.  Session presenters will include archivists, curators, and public historians working in both traditional and online formats.

Topics include:

  • Monuments and Memorials: Why are memory and commemoration important? How can physical structures be used as primary sources?
  • Oral History: Collecting memory with a purpose. Learn about best practices for recording oral histories and learn how to work with students on oral history projects in the classroom.
  • Maps and Mapping: Integrating technology and geography into the social studies and English classrooms.
  • Online and pop-up exhibits: How do we create collections? Get hands on with some tools for creating simple, easy-to-use, easy-to-access exhibitions either virtual or physical.

Content Standards:

  • 6.1  B - U.S. History: America in the World – Geography, People and the Environment  
  • 6.1 D – History, Culture, and Perspective
  • Workshop content will link directly to standards including community, state, and national change over time, the evolution of American identity, and the role of historical symbols, monuments, and holidays we celebrate. It will also offer the opportunity to study public art and architecture, highlighting contributions of men and women from various ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 21 HOURS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Meet the Guest Speakers:

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Untitled design (8)Suffragists to Senators

July 20-22 at The Alice Paul Institute

[ As of 6/18, this course is FULL. Please note that if you apply after this date, you will be placed on our wait list. Spots often do open, so please contact Mary Grace Whealan at mwhealan@njch.org with any questions! Thank you. ]

In partnership with The Alice Paul Institute and The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), this workshop is designed to inspire teachers to explore the challenges faced by women concerning the rights of voting and politics. This three day workshop will increase students’ understanding of our democratic systems through exploration of both historical struggles and contemporary women’s issues.  By developing concrete takeaways for teaching about women’s political empowerment, Suffragists to Senators will provide ideas, tools, and resources that can energize girls and young women to follow in the footsteps of women leaders, past and present, while teaching all students to rethink what leadership means on both a local and larger scale.

Topics include:

  • Suffrage history: Alice Paul and Beyond. What did suffrage mean in New Jersey?
  • Suffrage and women in political life during the mid-20th century
  • Women in political cartoons: Past and present. How can we use documents and cartoons as primary sources?
  • Where are women in the contemporary political sphere? As we ramp up for the 2016 presidential election, how is the United States dealing with gender issues related to potential candidates?

Content Standards:

  • 6.1 A – U.S. History: Civics, Government & Human Rights  
  • 6.1 D – History, Culture, and Perspectives
  • Content Statement 6 (Emergence of Modern America 1890-1930) onward
  • Standards will be specifically addressed by focusing on important women leaders. The workshop will utilize political cartoons as primary source documents, offering tools for teachers to use with students as they develop past and contemporary connections. From the expansion of the women’s suffrage movement to contemporary issues facing women in politics, this course will place emphasis on civics, the role of government, and human rights–and how those topics have changed in the last 150 years.

REGISTRATION FEE: $50 21 HOURS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Meet the Workshop Leader:

Moravec Michelle Moravec is a professor at Rosemont College in Philadelphia.  Specializing in women’s studies and history, Dr. Moravec has completed several digital history projects and is the digital humanities editor for Women and Social Movements.  Her current project is The Politics of Women’s Culture, which uses a combination of digital and traditional approaches to produce an intellectual history of women’s culture.  Follow Dr. Moravec on Twitter HERE!

 

Meet the Guest Speakers:

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Teachers tell us:

  • NJCH has made learning come alive for me, and that always makes it easier to bring learning alive for my students.
  • It’s like camp for educators – I left inspired with big ideas.
  • The varied content knowledge helps me connect the curriculum to individual students’ lives and interests; they see the world differently.
  • I find new ways to help my students explore themselves as citizens of a world outside my classroom.
  • It’s like camp for educators – I left inspired with big ideas.
  • There’s a breadth and depth of information that is so useful.
  • Talking with other teachers gets me inspired. I’m rejuvenated hearing about their experiences.
  • I can focus on developing content and craft.
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