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Professional Development

Our professional development opportunities are tailored to meet the needs of social studies coordinators, classroom teachers, and university educators. At each workshop, the Maryland Center for History and Culture incorporates in-depth, topic-based discussion, primary sources from our collections, and curriculum-based lesson plans and activities.

Workshops may be conducted at the MCHC, at your school, or virtually using live videoconferencing technology.

For more information and to schedule a professional development program, contact Director of Education, David Armenti, at, or 410-685-3750, ext. 324.

Oral History Association, Annual Meeting:
Teacher Workshop

The Oral History Association (OHA), a national professional organization that supports best practices in oral history, is holding its Annual Meeting next month, October 19-24. Although due to the impacts of COVID-19, the meeting will be virtual instead of in the intended host city of Baltimore, the OHA has been hard at work to maintain a strong Baltimore presence and support oral history in the region.

The OHA is offering interactive pre-conference workshops, to take place online via Zoom. Registration for the full conference is not required to participate in the workshops. Whether you’re interested in beginning an oral history project for your family, community, church, organization, or school, or if you’re a librarian or archivist who works with oral histories, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the oral history process in an interactive, small-group format online.


Conducted virtually via Zoom
Saturday October 17, 10am-1pm
Cost: $15

Led by David Armenti and James Karmel, PhD, with panelists including Debbie Ardemendo, JP Bennett, and David M. Jahnke

The Oral History in the Classroom workshop, taking place online October 17, is intended for educators who are interested in using oral history with their students. Educators at all levels will find the workshop useful, though particular attention will be paid to secondary education. The workshop has two parts: 1) an overview of the oral history process, and 2) a panel discussion featuring educators with extensive experience using oral history with middle and high school students.

Visit the Oral History Association website to see program descriptions, learn more, and register.

Overviews and Skills-Based Workshops

Introduction to Teaching with Primary Sources

An introduction to using primary sources in the classroom, including activities and strategies to support students of varying interest and reading ability. Teachers handle original documents from the MCHC collection and practice modeling a historical investigation.

Digital Education Resources from the Maryland Center for History and Culture

An introduction to the Historical Investigations Portal curriculum (HIP) and Virtual Field Trips. Teachers learn how these platforms utilize primary source material for instruction and receive demonstrations of the technology integration for classroom usage.

Preparing for National History Day

An introduction to the competition format, highlighting the year’s theme using sources and research topics related to Maryland history. Teachers learn how to guide their students in analyzing primary sources, locating reliable source material, and conducting oral history interviews.

Topic-Based Workshops

Teaching Colonial and Revolutionary Maryland with Primary Sources

Teachers learn about a variety of topics from the colonial and Revolutionary War eras, including the experiences of indentured servants, enslaved people, Native Americans, and Revolutionary War soldiers.

African American History in Maryland

Teachers examine the experiences of African Americans from the colonial period, Reconstruction era, and the civil rights movement. Workshop model historical investigations, using diaries, runaway advertisements, photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, and published narratives.

Teaching the Progressive Era and World War I with Primary Sources

Teachers learn about Maryland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, exploring how economics, government, and civics content intersect with history. The workshop emphasizes instruction that builds students’ media literacy, incorporating the analysis of multiple perspectives and propaganda.

Customized Teacher Workshop

A primary source-based lesson on a topic of your choice, using the resources from the MCHC archive. May include subjects such as Women’s History, Civil War Perspectives, World War II Era, Immigration and Labor. Requires advance notice of 4-6 weeks.

Summer Teacher Institute

As educators balance curricular requirements with students’ needs to effectively analyze the social landscape around them, civics education and the study of cultural history are more important than ever. The MCHC has a rich tradition of engaging with K-12 audiences, using our archival and museum collections to examine often difficult topics in American history. We invite educators to join the MCHC and the University of Maryland Department of History for a week-long summer institute, with exact dates to be determined for summer 2021:

“Slavery, Freedom, and Memory in Maryland”

Participants will explore topics including the freedom, citizenship, and memory of African American Marylanders during the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as the Jim Crow-era legal battles that continued into the early 20th century. Scholars from the University of Maryland Department of History will share their expertise and highlight the latest research. Educators will also enjoy field trips, create resources to bring back to their classrooms, and have extensive access to MCHC primary source collections.

Participants will receive continuing education credits from the Maryland State Department of Education upon completion of the course.

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