||Professional Development Opportunities
Many organizations offer workshops and conferences featuring relevant information and materials to enhance and supplement Social Studies curriculum. Most provide requisite clock hours or credit, but more importantly, these conferences provide opportunities to network and communicate first-hand with education peers.
Burke Museum of Natural History Educator Workshops: Workshops featuring natural sciences educational programs and materials are offered throughout the year at the Burke Museum. Topics vary each year and much of the information can be integrated effectively into Social Studies classrooms. This year, topics have ranged from Coast Salish art and Culture, the Kennewick Man, Fossils, Mammals, and Dia de Muertos. Clock hours are available.
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project offers workshops to train educators, students, and historians in working with primary sources. Training materials will be available later this year. When you subscribe to the DenshoeNews (http://densho.org/about/default.asp) each month you will receive:
- Pertinent articles with selections from Densho's rich collection of video interviews, photos, and documents
- Advance notice of programs, exhibitions, and events around the country addressing Japanese American history and its relevance to current affairs
- Leads on the best resources and websites for teaching and research
Experience Music Project| Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame(EMP/SFM): EMP|SFM sponsors workshops and other professional development events for educators at all grade levels. EMP|SFM also hosts an annual Open House for Puget Sound educators and their families. This Open House includes live music, hands-on demonstrations, and staff presentations highlighting the current and upcoming exhibitions. Teachers also have the opportunity to explore the whole museum for field trip opportunities.
HistoryLink.org: Want HistoryLink.org educators to visit your school district to give you a first-hand look at how to use HistoryLink.org your classroom? Contact HistoryLink.org at email@example.com and schedule a visit. One month advance notice needed if out of King County.
Museum of History & Industry Teacher’s Institute: This institute is held annually generally in mid-late July. Each year MOHAI conducts an intensive three-day study of regional history which focuses on a different theme each day. With lectures by regional scholars, including MOHAI historian Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, this content-driven program of Pacific Northwest history is designed to strengthen teachers’ knowledge of our region’s past and to support state standards. The institute offers credit and clock hours.
Museum of History & Industry's Primary Sources in the Classroom Workshop: This hands-on session offers practical skills-based activities that directly support students analysis of primary sources and prepares you to implement the Dig Deep CBA in your classroom. A 90- minute program can be booked at your school or district with clock hours available.
National Archives & Records Administration Summer Teacher’s Institute: This workshop is designed to help educators introduce and use primary sources in the classroom is held annually in July-August. This institute runs from 3-5 days and offers graduate credit or professional development hours. How to identify and access the vast holdings of the National Archives and other government and local history organizations is introduced.
National Council of Social Studies: Visit this website to learn of local and national conferences and workshops related to Social Studies education:
Omoide IV Educator Workshops: Omoide IV: Childhood Memories is a book of personal short stories composed of childhood recollections of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The Omoide IV project supports social studies educators and classroom learning by providing primary source content including a presentation by the authors. Omoide IV Educator Workshops delve into the historic and political context of World War II and the internment in greater detail than the student presentations, to assist teachers in envisioning preparing the class for the presentation. Workshops and classroom materials are free.
Washington State Holocaust Center (WSHC) Workshops: The WSHC offers workshops twice a year in various Washington state locations. Teaching about the Holocaust will provide attendees with a strong background in Holocaust history and related issues.
Washington State Legislative Scholar Program:
The Washington State Legislative Scholar Program offers elementary, middle, and high school teachers of social studies, government, history, and civics an interactive experience where they will gain an inside view of the legislative process and an understanding of the ways in which the Legislature and the Supreme Court interact. Teachers will meet with legislators, a Supreme Court Justice, staff, and guest speakers and will bring back lesson plans that help meet civics CBAs. Teachers also have the option to return to Olympia during the 2011 legislative session to observe and possibly shadow a legislator. Find more information about this annual event at
Washington State Social Studies Conference: Washington State Social Studies Conferences are held annually in January and October. The one-day conferences feature topics relevant to today’s educators and offer clock hours. For more information and online registration materials: