Professional Development Workshops
The Fairfield Museum is a regional leader in providing professional development opportunities for educators, combining Inquiry with History to empower teachers to successfully incorporate local history and primary sources into their curriculum. Workshops present lectures by historians and scholars, training, resources, and tools for classroom instruction. Connecticut’s rich history offers ample opportunities to support the curriculum with local content that can enrich national and global themes. Since 2007, the Fairfield Museum and History Center has been promoting Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) through a Library of Congress initiative. TPS emphasizes inquiry, critical thinking skills and primary sources to evaluate evidence, make judgments and formulate conclusions. Professional Development generously sponsored by First County Bank Foundation.
What Educators have to say:
“Another fantastic learning opportunity!” Monroe Teacher, Grades 6-12
“Thanks for a very interesting, informative session…Time very well spent!” Bridgeport Teacher, Grades 7-8
“Your blending of the how-to with deep discussion was stimulating. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback.” Greenwich Secondary Social Studies Supervisor
“The materials were very user/kid friendly and they helped to inform me about the history of Fairfield.” Fairfield Teacher, Grade 4
Professional Development Day: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Fake News: Now and Then
Biased news has been a factor throughout much of U.S. history. Learn how questioning primary sources can help students to think critically about all sources of information. Ms. Jewell will present additional activities and resources for teachers to utilize in their classroom.
CT Public Learning Network and Thinkalong
Rose Pierre-Louis of the CT Public Learning Network will share the resources of the newly re-launched Thinkalong website.
Election Day Professional Development. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Session I: Teaching with Maps
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Rose, Fairfield Museum Library Director Learn more about teaching with maps, including interpreting maps as primary sources and understanding different kinds of historical maps. The session will look at some sample lesson plans and where to find historical maps (of Connecticut and beyond) online.
Teach It! Online Lesson Plans & Primary Sources
With Rebecca Furer, Teach It Program Consultant, CT Humanities Learn about Teach It, the collaborative online project that brings Connecticut-related primary sources, inquiry activity ideas, and supporting resources to teachers. The goal of Teach It is to help Connecticut teachers bring Connecticut history into the classroom through a series of inquiry-based activities that reinforce the new social studies frameworks.
Session II: In Democracy We Trust?
Presented by Gayle Alberda, PhD, Assistant Professor of Politics, Fairfield University and Jocelyn M. Boryczka, PhD, Fairfield University Professor of Politics. Dr. Alberda will discuss election laws and “controlling the game.” How is the presidential outcome influenced by the legal process, especially for the minority, youth, and women’s vote? She will also discuss voter ID laws, how they function and influence who wins. Is the ballot out of reach for some citizens? Dr. Boryczka’s talk will focus on the premise of her book, Suspect Citizens: Distrust in American Politics. She argues that framing American women as suspect citizens, neither fully virtuous nor vice-ridden, makes them particularly susceptible to backlash politics and indicates a bigger problem of distrust deeply embedded in our political script. Taking
Action with Environmental Education
In conjunction with the exhibition Rising Tides: Fairfield’s Coast – Past, Present, and Future, the Fairfield Museum partnered with CT Audubon Society and Common Ground High School in New Haven to present innovative teaching and learning through environmental education. The workshop covered how environmental education can promote investigation, analysis and taking action, especially on the local level. Presenters include Michelle Eckman Director of Education at CT Audubon Society and Brian Kelahan, teacher at Common Ground High School.
Slavery in Connecticut
The new CT Social Studies Frameworks offers opportunities to delve deeper into diverse perspectives of people’s struggles for freedom, equality, and social justice in American history. Slavery is often taught within the context of the Civil War, but its history begins much earlier. In this workshop, educators will learn about the Fairfield Museum’s rich array of primary sources and classroom tools to teach about this subject.
CT Social Studies Frameworks Workshop
In partnership with CT State Department of Education and Connecticut Council of the Social Studies Fairfield Ludlowe High School Monday, May 4, 2015
Making History: Implementing CT’s New Social Studies Frameworks
July 13 – 17, 2015 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs This Teacher Quality Partnership grant began with a week-long summer workshop consisting of direct instruction, workshop activities, teacher collaboration time, and field work at local museums. All sessions are planned and carried out collaboratively between the education and arts and sciences faculty, school partners, and museum educators. Following the summer work there will be a combination of collaborative curriculum development in each school as well as multiple follow-up sessions to further enhance content, review curriculum materials, and assess the implementation of curriculum. Finally, participating teachers will provide professional development to other faculty in their schools. All curriculum developed will be shared with the Connecticut State Social Studies Consultant to be posted online as sample lessons to accompany the frameworks.
Witchcraft in Connecticut with CT State Historian Walter Woodward
Thursday, October 9, 2014 Participants learned about the education programs developed in conjunction with the exhibition including Gallery Tours, an extended day trip featuring The Witchcraft Debate featuring the 1669 trial of Katherine Harrison which occurred after an intense period of witch fear and hysteria in Hartford, resulting in 33 trials and 15 executions.
Teaching American History Saturday, March 22, 2014 In collaboration with the Capital Region Education Council Alan S. Marcus, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History Education, University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Walter Woodward, Ph.D. Woodward received his Ph. D. with Distinction from the University of Connecticut in 2001, and has served as State Historian since 2004. Christine Jewell, Director of Education, Fairfield Museum
Professional Development for Educators: Teaching about Slavery in New England Thursday, February 6, 2014 Allegra di Bonaventura, assistant dean at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and author of For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England.
Winter Educator Workshop: Teaching Civil Rights in a Global World Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Dr. Yohuru R. Williams, Associate Professor of African American History, Fairfield University, will present his work on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into Teaching Civil Rights.
Fall Educator Workshop Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Tom Thurston, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University: Teaching with Slavery Primary Sources Workshop Alan Marcus, author of Teaching History in Museums and Associate Professor at UCONN Neag School of Education.