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.

Teacher education workshops

MNHS teacher members may receive discounted pricing for Northern Lights workshops.

Columbus monument in front of capitol

Monuments and Memorials Teacher Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 2, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Minnesota State Capitol Memorial Park, St. Paul, MN
Registration Link: Register here

Join MNHS historians for an interactive walking tour of Memorial Park on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol. Teachers will learn about the history of Minnesota memorials, including the Roy Wilkins memorial and the former site of the Columbus statue. Throughout, teachers will walk from monument to monument and engage in practice activities and seated discussions with MNHS historians. Teachers will walk away with student-ready resources to teach about monuments and memorials in their own classroom.

*Registration for this in-person event is free, but participants will be expected to provide feedback on the most useful and relevant classroom resources, for future development of an MNHS online resource for teaching about monuments and memorials.

This outdoor workshop is weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be postponed with notice going out to participants 24 hours prior to the workshop start time. Workshop participants may expect to spend some time standing, as well as sitting, at each monument, and walking between them up to one mile. Please enter any accommodations you require when you register.

While pandemic policy is a moving target, we are committed to the safety of participants for this in-person event. We will conduct the workshop outside and strongly encourage participants to wear masks when within 6 feet of each other or when inside the state capitol regardless of vaccination status. Any changes will be communicated to registered participants via email.

Please contact kara.knight@mnhs.org with questions.

Northern Lights Academy

Date: Monday, March 7, 2022 - 8:30am to 2:30pm
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 are shifting 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 being held in Minneapolis November 19-21, 2021! Never fear, we are working with the NCSS local arrangements committee to offer sessions specifically for Minnesota Studies and Northern Lights, so it will be like having a mini-Northern Lights Academy at a premiere national conference -- it’s the best of both worlds! Stay tuned for more details as NCSS finalizes its schedule. 

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 Monday 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 program and subsidy questions.

Registration coming in August!

History Day workshops

All workshops (except the Master Teacher Zoom Sessions) will be recorded and available for viewing afterwards if you register. However, we recommend and encourage live participation when possible. All Minnesota teachers that attend workshops live will be sent a 2022 NHD theme book after the workshop (while supplies last).

New Minnesota History Day teachers that attend two or more sessions live will be eligible to enter a drawing for an additional prize. We recommend attending or viewing the following sessions in order as a new educator:

  • Introduction to History Day
  • Theme Exploration
  • Tools & Benchmarks
  • Nuts & Bolts

     

Master Teacher Zoom Conversations

Cost: Free
Virtual meeting platform: Zoom Video Conferencing
Dates: 

​Led by a History Day “Master Teacher” this informal Zoom meeting will be a great opportunity to collaborate and brainstorm with other teachers about how to teach History Day. Each conversation will begin with a brief overview of program plans from Minnesota History Day staff. Zoom conversations will not be recorded. Please plan on joining us “live.”

These sessions are open to all Minnesota History Day teachers due to the nature of the conversation, but registration is required (see registration links above).

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about these sessions.

Introduction to History Day

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Date: 

What is History Day? This workshop will address the fundamentals of the program, including a category overview and brief theme discussion. While our workshops are geared towards teachers, some of our content would be great for students and parents, too! We welcome teachers, students, or parents/guardians from any state to join this workshop.

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about this workshop.

Theme Exploration

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Dates: 

This year’s theme is “Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” Join this workshop to understand the theme, learn effective strategies for introducing it to your students, and how to weave it into projects.

While our workshops are geared towards teachers, some of our content would be great for students and parents, too! We welcome teachers, students, or parents/guardians from any state to join this workshop.

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about this workshop.

Tools & Benchmarks

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 - 5 pm CST (register here)

Learn about support resources, program benefits, and steps for bringing History Day into your classroom. This workshop will include sample timelines and suggestions for structuring History Day in your classroom. Teachers from Minnesota or nation-wide are welcome to attend this workshop.

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about this workshop.

History Day Nuts & Bolts

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 3:30 - 5 pm CST (register here)

This workshop covers all the miscellaneous History Day elements that help bring projects together, including: overview of the NHD Rule Book, Thesis Statements, Project Organization, Bibliographies, and Process Papers.

While our workshops are geared towards teachers, some of our content would be great for students and parents, too! We welcome teachers, students, or parents/guardians from any state to join this workshop.

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about this workshop.

teacher standing with student

Scaffolding a Smaller Project

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Date: Thursday, November 4, 3:30 - 5 pm CST (register here)

History Day can be a large undertaking for teachers, and many students. This workshop will provide ideas and tools for how to take the project and break it down into smaller sections, adapt it for EL Learners, and make it more manageable to bring into your curriculum. Teachers from Minnesota or nation-wide are welcome to attend this workshop.

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about this workshop.

Virtual Research Resources

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Date: Tuesday, November 9, 3:30-4:30 pm CST (register here)

ELibraryMN has amazing resources students can access here in Minnesota. Learn about tools and resources that are available from Minitex and how you can bring them back to your classroom.

This workshop are focused primarily for Minnesota-based teachers.

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about these workshops.

Contest Rule Book and Rubrics

Cost: Free
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Date: Tuesday, November 30: 3:30 - 5 pm CST (register here)

With the launch of the new NHD Contest Rule Book and evaluation forms last year, this workshop will do a deep-dive into the updated requirements and new rubrics.

While our workshops are geared towards teachers, some of our content would be great for students and parents, too! We welcome teachers, students, or parents/guardians from any state to join this workshop.

Please contact Sammi Jo Papas with questions about this workshop.

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.