Two excellent nonprofit educational organizations based in Massachusetts provide their webinars for no cost. While geared toward K–12 educators, the webinars will also be relevant to many adult education teachers.

FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES

Time: All Facing History webinars are from 3 to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Intended audience: Teachers of middle and high school students.

 

Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
Dates: September 14, 2017; other dates TBD
An ongoing webinar series on how to cultivate safe spaces for students so that open and respectful dialogue can happen in your classes.

 

Teaching the Rise of the Nazis Through Images
Date: October 5, 2017
Learn how to use images from visual essays to support your students’ understanding of key themes in the history of the rise of the Nazis. The webinar will also model particular teaching strategies geared toward helping students analyze historical images in classroom settings.

 

Fostering Civil Discourse
Dates: October 11 and 18, 2017
This two-part webinar series models strategies and helps you explore ways to support your students in developing effective skills for civic participation.

 

Teaching in a Time of Terrorism
Date: October 25, 2017
How do you create a context for a conversation? When do you choose to scrap your daily lesson and instead focus on contemporary events? When do you pause for a moment and then carry on with your planned curriculum?

 

Explore the Legacy of the Holocaust Today
Date: December 7, 2017
Explore some of the legacies of the Holocaust and World War II. Consider what it means to not just learn about this history but also to remember it and acknowledge how it influences our lives today.

 

PRIMARY SOURCE

Time: All Primary Source webinars are from 7 to 8:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Intended Audience: Educators of grades 6–12

 

Biographical Portraits as a World History Lens:In this three-part webinar series, analyze a trio of diverse figures in world history from 1200 to 1600 CE.
Dates: October 24, November 8, and December 5, 2017
Focal skills and dispositions: Textual analysis and interpretation; evaluating visual evidence; analyzing point of view and purpose

 

Five Myths About North Korea: History and (Mis)Perceptions Since the 1950s: In this webinar, you’ll unravel the history of U.S. involvement in the Korean Peninsula, analyze potential paths going forward, and discuss how you can help your students better understand the contexts and nuances of U.S.-Korean relations, past and present.
Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 7–8:30 p.m.
Focal skills and dispositions: Media literacy; analyzing point of view and purpose; inquiry

 

Intended Audience: Educators of grades K–12

Racial Injustice and the African American Experience: In this three-part webinar series, you will learn about the legacies of slavery, African Americans and the law, and teaching Black Lives Matter.
Dates: January 30, February 15, and March 14, 2018
Focal skills and dispositions: Developing empathy; inquiry; analyzing point of view and purpose; empowering informed action

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