Professional Development


Upcoming Workshops

Summer Institute

Seventh Grade Exhibit. Miss Kohler, Teacher, Hibbing, 1904.
Monday, June 18, 2018 (All day) to Thursday, June 21, 2018 (All day)

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.


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