Monday, March 31, 2014

Teaching Women’s History Matters! Montana Historical Society’s Summer Educator Workshop

Looking for Summer professional development that will help you integrate into your classroom:
  • primary sources
  • new teaching techniques to meet Common Core standards
  • women's history, and 
  • Montana Indian history?
Look no further than our upcoming workshop: "Teaching Women's History Matters!"
Where: Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts St., Helena, Montana

When: Monday, June 16, 1:00-6:30, Tuesday, June 17, 8:30-5:00, and Wednesday, June 18, 8:30-12:30 (Participants must attend all three days)
Who: Grades 4-12 Social Studies teachers, English Language Arts teachers, and Librarians
What: FREE, hands-on workshop. Taking women’s history as the theme, the workshop will focus on
  • building content knowledge,
  • practicing techniques, and
  • uncovering free, easily accessible primary and secondary source material that can be used with students to meet Common Core ELA standards and IEFA.
Participants will engage in hands-on learning activities and leave the workshop with ready-to-use lessons and primary sources to integrate into their current curriculum.
Sixteen OPI Renewal Units will be provided.

Why: 2014 is the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in the state of Montana, yet women are still largely overlooked as historical actors. To rectify this situation, and in honor of the centennial, the Montana Historical Society created Women’s History Matters—a web-based project designed to make Montana women’s history visible. Workshop attendees will learn
  • how to use these newly created resources in their classrooms
  • how looking at history from a female perspective changes the stories we choose to tell
  • how they can find primary and secondary sources to meet common core standards
  • how women’s history can be integrated into classes that are already being taught
Cost: FREE, including Monday evening reception, Tuesday and Wednesday continental breakfast and lunch. A limited number of travel scholarships are also available.
Limit: 25
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2014 (Deadline for scholarship applicants May 1, 2014)
Want to know more? See the Workshop Agenda, below, or contact Martha Kohl at mkohl@mt.gov


Montana Women’s History Matters Agenda

Monday, June 16
1:00-1:40 Introductions
1:40-2:30 Women’s History 101: An Introduction to Workshop Themes (Anya Jabour, University of Montana Professor in the History and past co-director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program)
2:30-2:50 Writing Reflection/Discussion
2:50-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Mining Childhood/Doing Oral History (Janet Finn, University of Montana Professor of Social Work and author of Mining Childhood: Growing Up in Butte, 1900-1960)
5:00-6:30 Opening Reception/Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, June 17
8:30-8:45 Discussion of Day 1 (especially scavenger hunt results)
8:45-10:30 Women’s History for Elementary Students (Deb Mitchell, Montana Historical Society Program Specialist)
10:30-10:40 Break
10:40-11:30 Women and the Changing Law: A Historical Overview, Montana State Law Library staff
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:20 Taking Action: A Political History of Women in Montana (Diane Sands, independent scholar on women's history, Montana state representative)
1:20-2:50 Using Personal Narratives to Learn about Indigenous Women's Lives during the Treaty Period (Laura Ferguson, Indian education consultant and curriculum developer and a contributor to the Women’s History Matters blog)
2:50-3:00 Break
3:00-5:00 Women’s History Tour (Ellen Baumler, Montana Historical Society Interpretive Historian)
Wednesday, June 18
8:30-9:00 Discussion of Day 2
9:00-9:45 Overview of Available Resources (Martha Kohl, Montana Historical Society Historical Specialist and Women’s History Matters Project Manager)
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:15 Crowd-Sourcing Project: Gathering Resources to Integrate Women’s History into the Teaching of Montana History (participants, led by Martha Kohl)
11:15-12:15 Crow Women in the Twentieth Century (Mardell Hogan Plainfeather, retired National Park Service supervisory park ranger, Crow field director of the American Indian Tribal Histories Project at the Western Heritage Center in Billings, and coauthor of The Woman Who Loved Mankind: The Life of a Twentieth-Century Crow Elder, by Lillian Bullshows Hogan, As told to Barbara Loeb and Mardell Hogan Plainfeather) (awaiting confirmation)
12:15-1:15 Lunch/Evaluations/Depart or Research on your own



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