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Our One-Day Seminars for social studies teachers provide an opportunity to explore themes in American history and self-government through the study of original historical documents.

Not a lecture or a discussion of pedagogy, each Seminar is designed as a conversation among peers in which classroom teachers are active participants in learning. Participants will be sent a set of readings in advance of the session, along with guiding questions and ideas related to the documents and ideas addressed in each individual program. will bring in a scholar, expert in the topic of the day, to facilitate a Socratic discussion using the documents provided. Each Seminar is a day-long experience. These programs are limited to 30 teachers.

Forums are half-day programs in which teachers are led by a scholar through a close-read of a smaller selection of documents about a single topic. Teachers will come away with a greater understanding of a person, event, or idea in American history and government, and will have a clearer idea of how to use primary documents to help students learn.

Topics for Seminars and Forums are selected by partnering organizations from a list of over 30 current program offerings, which touch on all the major ideas, events, and people in American history, government and civics.

These programs are offered at no cost to the participant and are open to K-12 teachers in public, independent, parochial, and charter schools. Registrants are sent a primary documents reading packet in advance of the program, and a certificate for the hours they spend with us for the day.

Additionally, now offers participants the opportunity to earn 1 graduate credit from attending a Seminar and creating a documents-based lesson plan for submission, based on the documents and ideas discussed in that program. Provided in partnership with Ashland University, this option will cost $200. You can read an overview of this opportunity and instructions if you download this PDF file. If you decide to register for credit, you can access the URL and login credentials to do so from this file. Addtionally, you’ll need to download the lesson plan template, here, and an example of the template here. Finally, you can direct all questions and your final submissions to Jeremy Gypton, Teacher Program Manager at

Search for upcoming programs across the country here.


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