Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution

Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution combines scholarly presentations with place-based learning at several historical sites in and around Boston including, but not limited to, the Boston Freedom Trail, Museum of African American History-Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and more.

Essential Questions:

  • How inclusive was “We” in “We the People?”
  • How inclusive was the American War for Independence?
  • What contributions did women, children, and enslaved and free Africans make in the War for Independence?
  • How did certain groups view the American Revolution (during, past, and present)?
  • How does a common enemy bring social, political, racial or cultural differences come together?
  • What compel ordinary people do extraordinary things?
  • To what extent will a person sacrifice for liberty (for all) and the greater good?

Application Deadline: June 15, 2019

Cost: $325 teachers; $100 students and retired teachers

Credit: 67.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credit available ($225 for grad credits payable to Framingham State University) (awaiting confirmation)


Pay by check or credit card, or purchase order (note: POs include $25 processing fee)

Application information: www.masscouncil.org or contact Gorman Lee, Ed.D. at glee0524@gmail.com.

The 2019 summer content institute will explore and examine the lived experiences and perspectives of peoples living in Massachusetts in the years leading to and during the American Revolution. The main focus of the professional development course is for K-12 classroom teachers content knowledge and understanding of the American Revolution through the lenses of free and enslaved Africans, women, children, Native Americans, and British soldiers and loyalists.

The primary format of the institute shall be a hybrid course, which entails both online and face-to-face meeting sessions, starting in July 2019. There will be four scheduled online meeting sessions (Wednesdays) and will be live through ZOOM live web conferencing app. These online meeting sessions will be recorded and shall be archived for participants who are unable to join the live meeting. The online sessions shall include readings, lectures, and live web discussions with scholars who have researched and studied extensively on the subject matter. There will also be asynchronous online discussion forums through Google Drive focusing on major themes on individual voices, the events of the American Revolution, and ideas on authority, representative government, and democratic values. You may complete the online sessions concurrently with the face-to-face meetings (if you prefer a work/PD-free July).

Throughout the week of August 12, 2019, required face-to-face meetings will take place at various historical sites and museums including, but not limited to, Minute Man National Historical Park (Lexington and Concord), Boston Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail on Beacon Hill, Abiel Smith School and African Meeting House (Boston), Royall House and Slave Quarters (Medford), Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Teacher participants may obtain 3 graduate credits through Framingham State University. Teacher participants must complete a final paper (12-15 pages in length) and design and plan (for implementation) an annotated lesson unit consisting of a set of lesson activities using content information and resources from the online and face-to-face meeting sessions of the institute.  

OPTIONAL: Teacher participants will share their respective lesson units at the Mass Council Fall One-Day Statewide Conference in October 2019. Teacher participants will be offered a discounted presenter fee to attend the fall conference. The actual implementation is optional but highly encouraged. Teacher participants may opt for 67.5 PDPs instead of graduate credits.

Planned schedule (tentative):

  • Online meeting sessions: July 10, 17, 24, and 31 (live sessions on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST, live via ZOOM and recorded)
  • Face-to-face meeting sessions: August 12, 13, 14, and 15 (Monday through Thursday).
    8:30 a.m. to 3:30-4:00 p.m.
    Lodging at Suffolk University dorms may be available for discounted rate

All online sessions will be recorded and archived in case you are not able to meet live. Expected duration is 3 ½ hours per session.