1. Program Description

The goal of this professional development program is to:
  • Assist educators in gaining skills necessary for creating interdisciplinary lessons for students that merge social studies content with English language arts tenets for achieving mastery of oral and written argument that will serve students in their lives; academically, personally, and in their careers.
  • Provide educators with opportunities to build a knowledge base of primary open sources available in digital format, that can be utilized in the classroom in ways that will engage and inform students in their understanding of how the past and present are related, and to support evidence-based arguments
  • Create a new and refreshing 21st century classroom where teachers can offer students an environment of blended learning in which students are active participants

Each attendee will be required to attend three sessions: the general introductory session, one grade-specific session and, the concluding session.
  • One full-day general session (all grades) devoted to writing as a social and rhetorical activity and writing in the disciplines; offered on April 29, 2019.
  • One half-day session each for elementary (grade 4) and middle/secondary (grades 7 – 8 and 11 – 12) educators on location, analysis and use of open primary and secondary sources in written and oral communication; offered on May 6, 2019 (am or pm).
  • Concluding one-day session (all grades) will be held for instruction on the pop-up debate format and supporting student essay and reflection writing; offered on May 13, 2019.
We are very excited to launch this new program for interdisciplinary civic engagement learning and are looking forward to your participation in this unique endeavor.

*Please note: This program allows your school to be reimbursed for the cost of up to two substitutes to cover for up to two people attending the three sessions.

This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University