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August 2018

One-Day Seminar: The Evolution of Executive Power, hosted by Phoenix Union High School District (Phoenix, AZ)

August 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from across the Phoenix area and Arizona in studying the constitutional and legal origins of the power of the American president and Executive branch, and the evolution of that power over time. This thematic program will be useful to both American History and American Government teachers, as it will use documents spanning two centuries and a number of critical events and issues in American politics and law. Teachers will read documents from the Core American Documents volume The American…

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September 2018

One-Day Seminar: Détente and the Later Cold War hosted by the Arizona Dept. of Education (Phoenix, AZ)

September 11 @ 8:20 am - 2:45 pm

The foundations of the Cold War were laid, it can be argued, as World War 2 was only just beginning, and the decades-long conflict evolved over time, changing in form and impact. During the later 1960s and into the early 1980s, one major era of the Cold War, that of detente between the Superpowers came, became the new normal, and then was challenged and discarded, setting the stage for the end of the conflict in the 20th Century. Join with teachers…

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One-Day Seminar: The Bill of Rights, hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

September 25 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join teachers from across Southern Arizona for a one-day Seminar about the history behind, debate surrounding, and evolution of our understanding of the Bill of Rights. All participants will receive a physical copy of the documents reader, and after the program date will be mailed a free copy of's upcoming Bill of Rights Core American Documents Collection. All participants will also be provided with digital copies of the reader and volume, as well as a certificate for continuing education…

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October 2018

One-Day Seminar: The Civil War, hosted by Phoenix Union HSD (Phoenix, AZ)

October 23 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore the American Civil War through a collection of original documents and learn, through the words of the time, about the military, social, and political dimensions of the war that threatened to destroy the American Union. Teachers will engage in discussion during three 90-minute sessions, each focusing on a subtopic under the broader heading of the war itself. Lunch will be provided, as well as a continuing education certificate for all participants. The reader will be mailed to all registrants…

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November 2018

One-Day Seminar: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry – the Gilded Age Revisited, hosted by AZ Dept. Education

November 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Gilded Age is often portrayed as one of contrasts: the rich and the poor; the powerful and the weak. Dig deeply into a collection of documents from the latter decades of the 19th Century to see through the lens of the times how social norms, economic changes, and government policy reflected and shaped this era of rapid industrialization and urbanization, ongoing immigration, and the growth of wealth. Discussion Leader: Gregory Schneider, Emporia State University Registration: 8:00 am Access program materials here…

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One-Day Seminar: The Constitutional Convention, hosted by Tucson Unified School District (Tucson, AZ)

November 6 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Take a deep dive into the politics, ideas, and debates surround the Constitutional Convention of 1787, reading from a variety of documents and perspectives on this seminal event in American history. Relevant for any middle or high school American history, government, or civics teachers, this program will provide teachers with a collection of documents, send in physical form in advance and available online shortly, and a continuing education certificate. Documents will be drawn from's new Constitutional Convention volume, available…

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One-Day Seminar: Landmark Supreme Court Cases, hosted by Phoenix Union HSD (Phoenix, AZ)

November 29 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about some of the most important Supreme Court cases from throughout American history: how they came to be, how they were decided, and how they impacted their times and America since they were decided. This seminar will be relevant to any teachers of American History, Government, or Civics courses, especially at the high school and middle school levels. Lunch and a continuing education certificate will be provided, as well as a physical copy of the documents reader, which will…

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