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The Chicago Metro History Fair offers professional development opportunities to support teachers offering historical inquiry projects. Check out the listings below for our 2017-2018 workshops, seminars, and institutes. For more information, or to register, contact historyfair@chicagohistory.org

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are free to teachers from History Fair Partner schools.

2017-2018 Professional Development Programs

teachers workshop - burnham 2WORK-OUT FOR HISTORY FAIR TEACHERS

History Fair teachers are invited to bring their questions, challenges, and concerns to the first-ever work-out. Engage in thesis and argument activities or dive into judging papers.

But that's not all: the work-out creates the space for teachers to engage directly with each other: What do you want to improve in your own teaching of HF? Do you have a worksheet or activity that is really successful? What questions of History Fair do you have or what issues do you want to bring up?

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm at the Chicago History Museum

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/work-out-for-history-fair-teachers-tickets-41147043916

teachers workshop - burnham


Take advantage of the History Fair Palooza at the Harold Washington Library by attending the librarian-led workshops on online primary and secondary sources, using the CPL catalog, and by observing one-on-one consultations. Teachers will build their research skills to strengthen their guidance of student's inquiry process for History Fair. Professional Development hours will given.

Workshop topics include: Secondary Sources (both online and CPL catalog), Primary Sources for African-American topics in Chicago, Advanced Newspaper Searches, Finding Special Collections and Documents for your topic (observation only), Individual Coaching (observation only), and Online Chicago Primary Sources.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:30am-12:30pm at the Harold Washington Library

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-research-tickets-41144523377


AV Research for Websites & Documentaries at the NEIU, Williams Library

Take advantage of the History Fair Palooza at the NEIU Library to learn about historic audio and video sources for student projects, particularly websites and documentaries. High school teachers whose advancing projects have already been selected may appreciate the opportunity to gain knowledge to help their students reach the next rung of achievement.

Monday, February 19, 2018, 10am-12pm

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/av-research-work-out-for-history-fair-teachers-tickets-41258368892

REMINDER: Website Certification Training Required

Training for History Fair teachers is an online tutorial. Teachers must be certified to offer the category to their students. Once certified a teacher carries that credential to any school.

Coming soon: Summer 2018 professional development announcements

nhd logoHistory Fair teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the
National History Day Graduate Courses for Teachers 2017-2018




Sorry you missed them . . . Past professional development programs:



A two-day course in doing History Fair which includes the logistics and methods as well as an experiential, hands-on learning component.

Wednesday, July 12 - Thursday, July 13, 2017 9:30am-3:30pm
Chicago History Museum and Harold Washington Library

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-methods-course-tickets-35009045999

Living in the City: Social and Environmental Justice, the Parks. An Inquiry.

In this program, study the issues and history of the parks from an environmental and class/justice framework.  How have decisions impacted communities and what is the role and impact of citizen action. Open to all middle grades and high school social studies teachers.

Historians and librarians will present and guide teachers through a mini-inquiry which culminates with bus tour and lunch. Teachers will receive free materials, 18 hours of professional development, and upon full completion a certificate as a Burnham Centennial Fellow and an honorarium.See the registration for more details and to register/apply for the course.

Monday, July 17-Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Introduction to History Fair:


Thursday, July 6, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-july-6-2017-tickets-34837290273

Thursday, August 3, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-august-3-2017-tickets-34837850950

Thursday, August 24, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-august-24-2017-tickets-34837909124

Saturday, October 14, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-october-14-2017-tickets-34917492159

Saturday, November 18, 2017
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-fair-boot-camp-workshop-november-18-2017-tickets-36528160712




The History Fair Kickoff is now part of the History Teachers Mini-Con

“Conflict and Compromise: Civic Action in History”

Monday, November 6, 2017, 5-8pm at the Chicago History Museum


  • Social time for food and drink (4:45-5:30)
  • A keynote conversation with activist-scholars Elizabeth Todd-Breland and Xochitl Bada
  • Break-Out Sessions on Teaching the Theme, Sneak-Peak 'n Teach the new "Race" Exhibition, and "Primary Source Analysis and Argument Teaching Activity" (each 30 minutes, choice of two)
  • History Fair posters and other material
  • 3 CPDUs
  • Door prizes in each session

"The Kickoff is the catalyst that gets me motivated each year. I appreciate the enthusiasm of the staff as well as the insight of the speakers. Sometimes a single statement about the topic can help me direct my students and inspire them."


Parking information at: http://www.chicagohistory.org/planavisit/visitorinformation/#parking



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