Workshops, Professional Development Workshops

Maritime Massachusetts: Boston Stories and Sources
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day
Massachusetts Historical Society
October 16 & 17

Explore the history, art, landscapes, and literature of the sea!

Join us as we investigate our maritime past and present through  hands-on encounters with the “stuff” of history: documents, artifacts, works of art, historic vessels, and nautical apparatus. We’ll hear spooky stories of voyages lost at sea, take a walking tour of Boston’s historic waterfront, explore the nautical history collections of the MIT Museum, and practice our Visual Thinking Strategies with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Registration is $35/person, which covers lunch both days, materials, and admission to all historic sites and activities. Educators can earn 22.5 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).  Contact to register or for more information.

Fall 2015 One-Day Statewide Conference @ Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Holiday Inn & Suites Marlborough Marlborough, Massachusetts
Oct 28 all-day

Main Description Page (with Registration Form)

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies proudly presents this one-day state conference to provide K-12 social studies teachers a variety of content-rich professional development workshops centering on human rights and civil rights. Despite tremendous progress that has been made in the past couple of decades, human rights and civil rights are constantly tested and challenged. Recent events in the United States and around the world should remind us that social injustice remains real and
rampant even in the twenty-first century. The essence of this year’s theme is to have today’s students learn about, realize, and appreciate the struggles of individuals and the groups of people who have sacrificed their livelihoods and lives in order to attain and
secure personal liberties and social justice that a generation before them never thought was possible, let alone hopeful or even imaginable. The primary goal is for social studies teachers to create lesson activities and implement that allow students to think
critically about this problem. This process can bring students to the point of being able to recommend practical resolutions that address the real-world issues of human rights and civil rights.

Teaching the Reconstruction Era @ Online
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 9:00 pm

Teaching the Reconstruction Era.

The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? This online course introduces educators to our new resource, The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy, which provides a close examination of the social and moral dilemmas Americans faced after the Civil War and the construction of American identity.

Graduate credit and scholarships available (see below).

Presented by Facing History & Ourselves, starts October 29. For more information about this and other online professional development from Facing History go to


Roosevelt, Lodge, and the Rush to Empire
Dec 5 all-day

Massachusetts Historical Society
December 5 2015

Using the correspondence between Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, this hands-on workshop will explore America’s role in the Spanish American War, including Roosevelt’s infamous turn as a “Rough Rider.” We will also use propaganda, such as political cartoons, editorials, and moving images to investigate the expansion of American interests overseas, and the war’s effect on Republican Party politics at the turn of the 20th century.

Registration is $25/person, which covers lunch and materials. Educators can earn 10 PDPs or one graduate credit (for an additional fee).  Contact to register or for more information.