East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society offers a variety of teacher workshops in various topics, formats, and times.  All programs are rich in content and methods instruction and are correlated to meet or exceed state curriculum requirements.

East Tennessee Historical Society Workshops

For district-level workshops:

Please contact Lisa Oakley, curator of education, to schedule a district in-service related to any of the offerings found below or other social studies content or strategy needs. (865) 215-8828 or oakley@eastTNhistory.org

Discover Tennessee History Teacher Conference and Battle for the Ballot Pre-Conference Teacher Workshop

Rescheduled Date TBA--, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate Tennessee. 

We would love to have you join us for 2 days of incredible content, resources, and strategy sharing! The Discover Tennessee Consortium is comprised of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee State Parks, Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU, Tennessee Historical Society, and the East Tennessee Historical Society. The hosts for the conference are the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Lincoln Memorial University. Special guest organizations are the Cumberland Gap National Park, Wilderness Road Virginia State Park, Birthplace of Country Music, and Green McAdoo Museum.

University lodging will be available by reservation at a very reasonable rate if you want to drive in and stay (maximum cost is $25). Conference rate is $15.00 for main conference day only, no cost for the Battle for the Ballot workshop. You can sign up for both days or just one.

Please note that you can't register as of yet, but feel free to email Lisa with questions or to get on a early-interest list.  

Tennessee State Library & Archives:

  • 2020-2021 Workshops TBA

Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Partnership:

FREE Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) workshops introduce teachers to the rich digital collection of documents, records, and photos available through the Library of Congress website.  TPS workshops are scheduled periodically and in various locations in the region and state.  Watch for notices and check back with us to learn about upcoming dates.

As the regional TPS facilitator, ETHS works under the direction of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, who administers the workshops for Tennessee and is a state affiliate of the Teaching with Primary Sources program.

  • Dates and Topics Summer 2020 Teacher Workshops--All Now Virtual Zoom Workshops

  • June 18 (rescheduled from May 2): Workshop on Industrialization in American History 

  • July 9 and 10, 2020: 2-Day Workshop on Teaching Historical Awareness

    This online workshop will explore strategies and resources for teaching the social studies practices, with a special emphais on context and anazlysis. The workshop will feature standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use.  Register today by emailing Lisa Oakley, oakley@easttnhistory.org or by calling (865) 215-8828. 

Workshops will be around 3.5 hours long, with plenty of breaks. Materials, stipend and certificate of participation are provided.

Summer Humanities Tennessee Professional Development Opportunities:

Examining Tennessee's Story Teacher Workshops

Join East Tennesee Historical Society Curator of Education Lisa Oakley for a day of learning about stories from Tennessee's hisory which are featured in the new Tennessee social studies standards. We will explore these stories using a wide range of primary and secondary sources and share hands-on, literacy-rich strategies for using the sources in the classroom.

June 24. 2020, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:  Virtual Teacher Zoom Meet-Up--Tennessee history content, instructional strategies, and teacher conversation on hints and tips in the new world of online instruction will be the theme of the morning. 

Cost: FREE thanks to Humanities Tennessee Sponsorship

Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or to register.

Lesson Plans from past workshops can be found online at www.easttnhistory.org/education/teacher-resources   

Humanities Tennessee is the state affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.          

National History Day Teacher Workshops 

NHD Workshop Dates and Locations TBA

Would you like to learn more about how to introduce or enhance the National History Day program in your classroom?  We can schedule a workshop for teachers or come out to the classroom to discuss History Day logistics and explore this year's theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History." For more information on arranging a workshop or classroom outreach, please contact Lisa Oakley by e-mail oakley@eastTNhistory.org or by calling (865) 215-8828.