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

Tennessee State Library & Archives Partnership:

  • March 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Answering the Call: Tennesseans in World War I, East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S Gay St., Knoxville--Focusing on the analysis of primary sources in classroom instruction, this workshop will explore various ways Tennesseans participated in the war and how the war's development impacted Tennesseans, both at home and abroad. Topics include reasons for American entry into war, doughboy experiences, the home front, and new technology. Licensed, teacher participants receive lunch and a $25 stipend to assist with mileage and travel expenses. To register click here. For questions, please contact TSLA Education Specialist Casey Gymrek at Casey.Gymrek@tn.gov or call 615-253-3042.

Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Partnership Spring 2018 Workshop Dates:

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.

  • March 17, 2018: Women's Suffrage (Anniversary Panel Program on topic the next day, March 18 at ETHS)
  • May 5, 2018: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), to be held at the Treemont Environmental Center in the GSMNP
  • June 7-8, 2018: Primary Source Process and Strategies: From Artifacts to Text (and everything in between)

Workshops have limited seating so register today by emailing Lisa Oakley, oakley@easttnhistory.org or by calling (865) 215-8828.

Workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville (across from the Tennessee Theatre) unless otherwise noted.  Materials, lunch, travel stipend and certificate of participation are provided.


Humanities Tennessee Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society has partnered with Humanities Tennessee since 1989 to provide quality professional development for teachers across the region and state.

Tennessee History Highlights/ Hands-On-History

Content and strategies will focus on 4th, 5th, and 8th grade American history curriculum standards that relate to Tennessee's story. A special focus will be given to Tennessee's frontier and Civil War stories. Host community stories will also be featured. Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or to register. 

2018 Dates:

  • May 10, 2018: Polk-Clark School, Milan, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • July 12, 2018: East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • July 20, 2018: Murfreesboro Heritage Center, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

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 

Summer 2018

July 26, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. : Tennessee History Day and Teaching with Primary Sources National History Day Teacher Workshop. Register by contacting Jennifer Core, Tennessee State Coordinator at historyday@tennesseehistory.org

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.   

University of Tennessee Department of History Partnership:

  • April 21, 2018: American Revolution on the American Frontier free public seminar. Teachers can register for certificate of participation. Email Lisa Oakley to register if you want credit for the hours. Click here for more details on event.

This FREE half-day program of lectures and conversation offers East Tennessee educators a chance to learn about the latest research from department faculty and community resources. While intended for all members of the public, teachers benefit equally.