Professional Development

Archived IUM Webinars

As part of the Inquiry in the Upper Midwest grant project, we have produced webinars to help teachers use primary sources, inquiry strategies, and culturally relevant pedagogy in the classroom. Watch this page, Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to the History Education e-Newsletter for webinar updates.

 

Courageous Conversations Using Primary Sources

Addressing issues of social justice in the classroom can be, in many teaching contexts, controversial. Primary sources provide tools through which educators can frame these conversations rooted in the past and use them as bridges to address current critical social justice issues. This session with Dr. Jean Swindle (East Tennessee State University) will demonstrate how primary sources can be used as bridges in courageous conversations and how to map historical events and narratives onto contemporary issues.

Courageous Conversations Using Primary Sources (PDF)

Length: 1:03:17

Connecting Past and Present Struggles for Power

Using current and historical struggles for suffrage as examples, this webinar aligns modern political advocacy to movements of the past, highlighting ways educators can connect current events to history. We examine Library of Congress and other sources about the fights for the 15th, 19th and 26th amendments and share strategies to extend the inquiry arc into civic engagements.

Connecting Past and Present Struggles for Power transcript (PDF)

Length: 50:50

 

Making Primary Sources Accessible

Using the principles of disciplinary literacy, this webinar explores explicit, specific strategies teachers can use to make primary sources accessible to students with varying skill and ability levels.

Making Primary Sources Accessible transcript (PDF)

Length: 50:14

Finding and Evaluating Primary Sources

Primary sources are powerful teaching tools, but can sometimes be a challenge to track down. Get some quick tips for finding relevant, reliable primary sources and ideas for evaluating those sources with your students.

Finding and Evaluating Primary Sources transcript (PDF)

Length: 11:13

 

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Early Elementary Classroom

Join Jehanne Beaton from the University of Minnesota as she provides a brief introduction to culturally relevant pedagogy, and then models a second grade lesson that has students analyzing primary sources from the Library of Congress collections.

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Early Elementary Classroom transcript (PDF)

Length: 27:11

Using Primary Sources

Jessica Ellison from the Minnesota Historical Society describes why we should use primary sources in the classroom, and provides some tips on how to use them effectively with students.

Using Primary Sources transcript (PDF)

Length: 12:18

 

Analyzing Maps

Geography educator Jess Winkelaar shares a tool for analyzing maps, and models how to use that with three historic maps related to immigration.

Analyzing Maps transcript (PDF)

Length: 12:07

Analyzing Sound Recordings

Kate Stower from the Minnesota Historical Society shares sound recordings selected from the Library of Congress and models primary source analysis of the song  “Don’t Bite the Hand That’s Feeding You.”

Analyzing Sound Recordings transcript (PDF)
Observe Reflect Question tool (PDF)
Sound Recording analysis (PDF)
Sheet Music analysis (PDF)

Length: 16:01

 

Analyzing Images

Jessica Ellison from the Minnesota Historical Society walks us through a primary source analysis of two photographs and a political cartoon.

Analyzing Images transcript (PDF)
Observe Think Wonder tool (PDF)

Length: 5:34