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Hoosiers and the American Story

2017 Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Indiana 2016 Bicentennial Commission


Are you ready to incorporate more Indiana stories into your American history classroom? Do you wonder how to engage and educate the next generation of Hoosier leaders? Join the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Humanities for a FREE one-day teacher workshop. Get resources and content that will help you easily integrate Indiana history into your existing curricula. Together, we can help students learn about and love Indiana!

Each one-day workshop features:

  • "Indiana History in the American Story," Keynote Address delivered by Dr. James H. Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Hoosiers and the American Story, a 300-page supplemental student text by Dr. James H. Madison and Lee Ann Sandweiss that explores Indiana examples of the topics taught in the American history classroom, such as Native Americans, westward expansion, the Civil War, industrialization and the Civil Rights Movement. Free copies for you and your students!
  • Destination Indiana for the Classroom, bringing you 300+ digital journeys across Indiana. This user-friendly website will allow you and your students to engage with IHS's online collections in new ways. Find photos, maps, documents and other primary sources to supplement your curricula or allow students to research a topic and present their results in a choice of formats. 
  • Using National History Day in Indiana as a student motivator, with regional, state and national awards as incentive.
  • Connecting with peers and discovering new local and state resources for teaching Indiana history. 

Why Teach State History?

The observance of Indiana's State Bicentennial in the years leading up through 2016 provide a unique opportunity to deepen your students' knowledge of their home state. The Bicentennial is a perfect chance to encourage a sense of place, civic literacy and civil dialogue.  We want you to have the tools you need to show your students how their own Hoosier history is part of the American story.

Who Can Attend

This workshop will be most beneficial for eighth through 12th grade U.S. history teachers. Fourth grade teachers who want to learn more about Indiana history are also welcome, and select age-appropriate materials for fourth grade students will be provided. Space allowing, media specialists, teachers of other grades/subjects and other K12 school personnel may also enroll. Participants are encouraged to come in school and/or district teams, if desired. Participants from K12 public and private schools, as well as homeschool teachers, are all welcome. 

Cost for Teachers

FREE. This program is made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and includes:

  • All workshop materials
  • $30 gift card to offset travel expenses
  • Books for you and your students
  • Certificate of Attendance reflecting six hours of professional development, which you may submit to your principal for Professional Growth Points
  • Lunch
  • Substitute teacher pay, if needed.  Please note: IHS will reimburse your school or district for substitute teacher pay. Upon your completion of the workshop, we'll provide you with invoicing instructions for your school or district administrator.

How to Register

Pick a date and location:

  • 2017 dates and locations:
    • Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017: Pendleton
    • Friday, Feb. 3, 2017: Indianapolis
  • Register here

Space is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis until each workshop fills. After this time, a waitlist will be created.

Questions? Contact Becky Schlomann, coordinator, Bicentennial Programs, Education and Community Engagement Department, Indiana Historical Society, at (317) 233-4549 or education@indianahistory.org.

Cancellation Policy

Workshop space is limited. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Becky as soon as possible so that another teacher may attend in your place.