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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 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.

Virtual Field Trips from MCHC

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K-12th grade educators from Maryland: Join us to learn more about Virtual Field Trip programs from MCHC. Thanks to generous support from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), we are hosting two virtual workshops. Participants qualify to receive Virtual Field Trips for their classes. Sessions will take place on Thursday, December 2, and Tuesday, December 14, from 4 to 5 pm.

Summer Teacher Institute

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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 Maryland Center for History and Culture 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 MCHC and the University of Maryland Department of History for a week-long summer institute, July 26-30, 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 primary source collections from the H. Furlong Baldwin Library.

The Teacher Institute will be live and synchronous throughout the week, with most activities taking place in-person, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The Institute is FREE for all, and participants will receive two continuing education credits from the Maryland State Department of Education upon completion of the course.

The application process for this opportunity has now closed. Contact Director of Education David Armenti,, with questions about this event and institute.

Full schedule of events coming soon!

Recent Professional Development

Virtual Teacher Workshop: Lynching in Maryland

Original Air Date: April 24, 2021

K-12 educators face particular challenges when addressing the painful history of lynching and racially motivated violence with young learners. Together, MCHC Education Department staff and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum highlight instructional resources and primary source material to support these discussions in the classroom. The MCHC and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum are both designated members of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Virtual Teacher Workshop: Confederate Monuments and Memorialization

Original Air Date: March 6, 2021

In recent years, monuments, songs, and other efforts to commemorate the Confederacy have come under intense scrutiny. Perspectives vary about the meaning of these symbols and their role in public spaces. Many teachers struggle with addressing these issues in their classrooms—we are here to help. During this free workshop, MCHC’s Education Department highlights instructional resources and primary source material to support discussions on this topic.

Primary source document packets for these themed workshops are available upon request, contact Director of Education David Armenti,

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.

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