Professional Development Workshops
Join fellow teachers for interactive workshops, engaging discussions, and content-rich presentations exploring the American Revolution in both historical and contemporary contexts. You’ll leave with new ideas and new information about how you can incorporate the Revolution into your classrooms and student interactions.
Upcoming Free Workshops
The Museum is pleased to offer a rotating series of free workshops for educators to support their work in the classroom.
Teaching the Revolution with Primary SourcesApril 11, 2023 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Teaching Slavery in the Age of Revolution
A partnership between the Museum and Balliol College (University of Oxford, U.K.)
A Multi-Year Professional Development Program
The Museum and Balliol College are offering a multi-year teacher professional development program to support educators in the United States and United Kingdom in teaching the significance and impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The program draws upon Balliol College’s 2021 exhibit, Slavery in the Age of Revolution, and the Museum’s rich collection of Revolutionary era artifacts and educational resources to explore the role of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the industrialization of the West, to uplift the stories of resistance by enslaved people, and to consider the various meanings of freedom and liberty in an age of Enlightenment and political, social, and scientific revolutions.
The following workshops can be scheduled for your school or district, and can take place on-site at the Museum or at your location. In-museum workshops include access to the core exhibit. Virtual workshops are also available.
Signs and Symbols of the American Revolution
Students encounters signs and symbols hundreds of times a day; visual imagery is constantly used to communicate ideas, create in-groups and sell products. The same was true in the Revolutionary Era. Through analysis of the images and objects of this time, students can see signs, symbols and other imagery as a language that can be read to understand mid-to-late 18th-century America, while practicing close looking skills, making inferences, substantiating arguments and evaluating multiple perspectives. In this session, educators will encounter specific examples of 18th century imagery and consider how signs and symbols can be used both as a pathway to historical content and a bridge to the contemporary era.
African Americans in the American Revolution
On the eve of the American Revolution, one-fifth of British North America’s residents were people of African descent. What did their lives look like during the Revolutionary Era, how were they impacted by the Revolution, and how did they themselves shape how the new nation came into being? Teachers will leave this session with both an overview of African American lives during the Revolutionary Era as well as specific resources for incorporating these stories into their classrooms.
Making the Revolution Relevant
We can all agree that the American Revolution is important for students to learn about, but how do we make the events and ideas of two centuries ago feel relevant in the modern world? Participants in this workshop will engage in targeted exploration of museum galleries or replica artifacts and images, analysis of primary sources and discussion with their peers and museum staff to come up with classroom-focused ideas for meaningfully tying the revolution to the present day.
Customize Your Workshop
With adequate time, we can work with you to design a new workshop that best meets your educators’ needs. For more information, email [email protected].