Connecting with the New Social Studies Frameworks: What Historical Societies, Museums and Libraries Need to Know
A three-part workshop series, Wednesdays, April 27, May 4, May 11
Each workshop is $15.00/person, and includes snacks. Buy two and get one free! Register for all three for $30.
If you've heard about the "new" Social Studies Frameworks, but have questions such as:
What do you mean when you say "new frameworks"?
What topics do the frameworks cover?
How important is all this to what we do for schools at our institution?
How were these frameworks developed, and have they been universally adopted?
What the heck is the "Inquiry Arc" and what does it have to do with us?
How do we use the frameworks to build stronger relationships with social studies teachers in our school district?
...Then these workshops are for you!
Getting Up Close and Personal with the New Social Studies Frameworks & Inquiry Learning
Wednesday April 27, 9:30-noon, Van Block State Library Storage Facility, 75 Van Block Ave. Hartford (Parking is available)
Steven Armstrong, Consultant for Social Studies to the Connecticut State Board of Education, will lead participants through the development, implementation, and interpretation of the recent Social Studies curriculum frameworks. After participants have a basic understanding of where local, regional and Connecticut history fits within the new guidelines, Steve will introduce the Inquiry Arc, the foundation of Inquiry-based learning. There will be ample time for discussion and questions.
Using Museum Collections to Teach: Reading Objects, Paintings and Documents
Wednesday, May 4, 9:30-noon, Van Block State Library Storage Facility, 75 Van Block Ave. Hartford (Parking is available)
Every one of us has a wide variety of artifacts, documents and ephemera, and works of art in our collections, but we're not all equally facile using primary source material as a teaching tool. Join David Rau, Director of Education at the Florence Griswold Museum; Amy Durbin, Director of Education at the New Haven Museum; and Christine Pittsley, Project Manager, "Remembering World War I, Connecticut State Library, for tips and techniques to make teaching with primary source material a snap!
Using Museum Collections to Meet Teacher Needs: Developing School Programs that Succeed
Wednesday, May 11, 2-4:30 pm, Van Block State Library Storage Facility, 75 Van Block Ave. Hartford. Parking is available. (Please NOTE TIME change to afternoon, to accommodate teacher scheduling. The session WILL take place at Van Block Library Storage Facility.)
Participants will learn from teachers and curriculum specialists how primary source materials are already being incorporated in classroom teaching, including where teachers find material, how they use it to enhance lessons that have already been created, and how easy it can be to create effective, primary-source based activities for all grades. Attendees will be introduced to TeachItCT.org, a crowd-sourced platform for sharing curriculum enhancement lessons based on primary source material. There will be an opportunity to ask teachers for their advice on how to build strong working partnerships with public and private schools.