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.

The Lynchings in Duluth

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022 (register here)
Time: 4-6 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Zoom digital platform

In June 1920, a mob of white men lynched three black circus workers in Duluth; Minnesotans reacted in starkly different ways. In this program, educators will hear from The Lynchings in Duluth author Michael Fedo and Augsburg professor William Green for one hour, and then examine primary sources about the Duluth lynchings, backlash, and commemoration for the second hour.

This workshop is geared toward classroom teachers in grades 6-12. Upon completion, teachers will receive two clock hours and a copy of The Lynchings in Duluth.

Northern Lights Academy

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 9am to 3pm
Cost:

Location: Minnesota History Center, Education Wing

Join us for a special spring edition of the annual Northern Lights Academy! This conference-style workshop features sessions from Northern Lights teachers and content experts.

We shifted this workshop from November to March in order to encourage all Minnesota social studies teachers to attend the 101st annual National Council for the Social Studies conference hosted in partnership with the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies November 19-21, 2021.

Our goal for the Northern Lights Academy is always to have participants engaging in interactive, in-person sessions, but we know getting away on a Saturday might be difficult. Therefore, we are excited to pilot a virtual strand at this workshop! Three of the sessions will be available live via Zoom for virtual participants to join, with a fourth moderated session at the end of the day for reflection and networking with other Minnesota Studies teachers. Session recordings will not be available to view or purchase separately.

Workshop agenda TBD (contact Kara Knight if you are interested in submitting a session proposal). Sessions align with content and resources in the Revised Second Edition of Northern Lights (print book, 2013; Interactive eBook, 2014+); those with earlier editions of Northern Lights may also find this workshop useful. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the workshop start time. CEUs provided.

Contact Kara Knight with questions.

They Played for the Love of the Game

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 (register here)
Time: 4-6 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Zoom digital platform

A century ago, black baseball players in Minnesota were subject to discrimination and segregation, yet persevered in their love for the sport. In this two-part program, educators will hear from They Played for the Love of the Game author Frank White, and then dive into primary sources to teach about the impact of baseball on black communities. 

This workshop is geared toward classroom teachers in grades 6-12. Upon completion, teachers will receive two clock hours and a copy of They Played for the Love of the Game

Diesel Heart 

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022 (register here)  
Time: 4-6 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Zoom digital platform
Audience: 6-12 teachers

Mid-century Minnesota was a time of great change for African Americans, including the destruction of the Rondo neighborhood and civil rights advancements. In this program, educators will hear from Diesel Heart author Melvin Carter, Jr. for the first hour, and then analyze primary sources about Minnesota’s black communities in the mid-20th century for the second hour.

This workshop is geared toward classroom teachers in grades 6-12. Upon completion of the workshop, teachers will receive two clock hours and a copy of Diesel Heart.

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.