Teacher Professional Development

Teacher/educators at a workshop.

Discover new teaching practices and broaden your knowledge through MNHS teacher professional development. Educator workshops are offered by the History Day and Teacher Education teams.

Making Minnesota Teacher Workshop (In person)

Cost: Free, Click here to apply for subsidy

Date: Thursday, January 26, 8:30 am - 3 pm (register here)

Location: Minnesota History Center (345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul, MN 55104)

Join the author and illustrator of the free Making Minnesota activity book for a day of activities and engagement. Attendees will spend time with the booklet, hear about the development process from author Pat Bauer and illustrator Dave Geister, and engage with activities to bring back to their classroom. The in-person workshop will include time in the Minnesota History Center exhibits, a light breakfast, and lunch. Due to generous funding from the Legacy Amendment, we are able to pay a stipend to attendees and offer subsidies for substitute teachers and travel. Register using the links above.

 Contact Heidi Kloempken (Heidi.Kloempken@mnhs.org) with questions.

Making Minnesota Workshop (virtual session)

Cost: Free

Virtual workshop: Thursday, February 9, 4 pm - 6 pm (register here)

Location: Zoom digital platform

Join the author and illustrator of the free Making Minnesota activity book for an evening of activities and engagement. Attendees will spend time with the booklet, hear about the development process from author Pat Bauer and illustrator Dave Geister, and engage with activities to bring back to their classroom.  Due to generous funding from the Legacy Amendment, we are able to pay a stipend to attendees. Register using the link above.  Order your free copies of Making Minnesota now to have for the workshop at. 

Please contact Heidi Kloempken (heidi.kloempken@mnhs.org) with questions. 

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Minnesota Modules: Interactive Digital Engagement for Northern Lights Users (Chapters 1-4)

Cost: $25
Register through this link

Now available asynchronously for Northern Lights teachers to learn about and access on their own time!

Using elements from her interactive notebooks, veteran 6th grade Minnesota Studies teacher Missy Klapperich has developed a series of digital modules for use with the Northern Lights Revised Second Edition print book (blue cover) or the Northern Lights Interactive eBook. Modules offer interactive, multimedia learning opportunities for students that include text material, maps, videos, and activities that integrate with Northern Lights content.

Attendees will learn the goals and methods used to create each module in Google Slides, and will be shown how to implement them in the classroom. Modules must be copied and can then be customized and shared with students. Users must have a Google account in order to copy, edit, and share. 

An asynchronous, recorded video of Missy's session allows registrants to watch anytime, anywhere. Allow 75 minutes to view the session. Links to five modules related to the following Northern Lights content will be provided after viewing Missy’s presentation and submitting a brief reflection:

Citizenship and the Common Good
Chapter 1: Studying Minnesota
Chapter 2: Evidence from the Past
Chapter 3: Early Dakota
Chapter 4: Early Ojibwe

Available only to 6th grade teachers using the Northern Lights Revised Second Edition print book (blue cover) or the Northern Lights Interactive eBook.

CEUs provided. Registration is open on a rolling basis through December 31, 2022. Please allow 1-2 business days to process your registration and email you the links to the program. Contact kara.knight@mnhs.org with program questions.

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Minnesota Modules: Interactive Digital Engagement for Northern Lights Users (Chapters 5-8)

Cost: $25
Register through this link

Now available asynchronously for Northern Lights teachers to learn about and access on their own time!

Using elements from her interactive notebooks, veteran 6th grade Minnesota Studies teacher Missy Klapperich has developed a series of digital modules for use with the Northern Lights Revised Second Edition print book (blue cover) or the Northern Lights Interactive eBook. Modules offer interactive, multimedia learning opportunities for students that include text material, maps, videos, and activities that integrate with Northern Lights content.

Attendees will learn the goals and methods used to create each module in Google Slides, and will be shown how to implement them in the classroom. Modules must be copied and can then be customized and shared with students. Users must have a Google account in order to copy, edit, and share. 

An asynchronous, recorded video of Missy's session allows registrants to watch anytime, anywhere. Allow 60 minutes to view the session. Links to four modules related to the following Northern Lights content will be provided after viewing Missy’s presentation and submitting a brief reflection:

Chapter 5: The Fur Trade
Chapter 6: The Land Changes Hands
Chapter 7: Minnesota's Newcomers
Chapter 8: The Civil War

Available only to 6th grade teachers using the Northern Lights Revised Second Edition print book (blue cover) or the Northern Lights Interactive eBook.

CEUs provided. Registration is open on a rolling basis through December 31, 2022. Please allow 1-2 business days to process your registration and email you the links to the program. Contact kara.knight@mnhs.org with program questions.

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Minnesota Modules: Interactive Digital Engagement for Northern Lights Users (Chapters 9-12)

Cost: $25
Register through this link

Now available asynchronously for Northern Lights teachers to learn about and access on their own time!

Using elements from her interactive notebooks, veteran 6th grade Minnesota Studies teacher Missy Klapperich has developed a series of digital modules for use with the Northern Lights Revised Second Edition print book (blue cover) or the Northern Lights Interactive eBook. Modules offer interactive, multimedia learning opportunities for students that include text material, maps, videos, and activities that integrate with Northern Lights content.

Attendees will learn the goals and methods used to create each module in Google Slides, and will be shown how to implement them in the classroom. Modules must be copied and can then be customized and shared with students. Users must have a Google account in order to copy, edit, and share. 

An asynchronous, recorded video of Missy's session allows registrants to watch anytime, anywhere. Allow 60 minutes to view the session. Links to four modules related to the following Northern Lights content will be provided after viewing Missy’s presentation and submitting a brief reflection:

Chapter 9: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Chapter 10: Sodbusters
Chapter 11: Flour, Lumber, Iron
Chapter 12: Immigrants, Labor, Cities

Available only to 6th grade teachers using the Northern Lights Revised Second Edition print book (blue cover) or the Northern Lights Interactive eBook.

CEUs provided. Registration is open on a rolling basis through December 31, 2022. Please allow 1-2 business days to process your registration and email you the links to the program. Contact kara.knight@mnhs.org with program questions.



History Day workshops

There are no History Day workshops scheduled at this time. 

Cancellation policy

  • Registrants canceling 24 hours before the workshop are eligible for a refund or credit. (This includes weather related cancellations.)
  • Registrants unable to attend a workshop may send someone in their place; substitutions will be made at the registration desk the day of the event.
  • No refunds or credits will be granted for nonattendance.