East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

2021-2022 Education Statement 

The ETHS Education Department understands that change and challenge are still common words in schools this year. We continue to adapt and respond to teacher and student needs. Feel free to reach out to Lisa Oakley with questions, suggestions, and/or needs. 


East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Virtual and In-Person Programs

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

FREE Discover Tennessee History Teacher Webinars

Discover Tennessee History is excited to announce the second year of our successful webinar series.

On the second Tuesday of each month, one of our consortium partners (Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee State Parks, Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU, Tennessee Historical Society/Tennessee History Day, and the East Tennessee Historical Society) will offer a one-hour session exploring topics in Tennessee history with related primary sources and educational resources that can be used with your students.

Each session will be conducted through Zoom and will start at 4:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

Registration is required. Information on scheduling, session descriptions, and registration is posted here.

Feel free to email Lisa with questions. 


FREE Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU  In-Person Workshops, Content/Strategy Webinars, and Summer programming:

FREE Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) programs introduce teachers to the rich digital collection of documents, records, and photos available through the Library of Congress website. For the 2021-2022 school year, Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU is working to be responsive to the needs of our Tennessee educators. They are mindful to the unique challenges facing educators and their students. To allow for flexibility to continue the successful programming offered over the past years, TPS-MTSU will be offering a variety of different in-person and virtual sessions throughout the school year. 

Past workshops are recorded and avialable on MTSU-TPS's YouTube page:  Click here: TPS MTSU YouTube Sessions

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

  • NEW DATE: 2021 In-Person Workshop: December 2, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, "The First Industrial Revolution." The year's theme for TPS workshops is a study of labor over time. We will concentrate on the pre-Civil War period in November and follow up with an in-person session in 2022 which will work with labor stories and source in the late 19th and early 20th centuries--and beyond. Email Lisa Oakley  to register.


FREE Tennessee State Library and Archives Workshop

Stories from the 16th State: Creating Classroom Engagement with Local History

During the 225th anniversary of Tennessee Statehood, the Tennessee State Library and Archives invites Tennessee teachers to attend a workshop exploring our state's history. From September 2021- June 2022, we'll travel the state offering this workshop series to educators at locations across the state. Focusing on the use of primary sources found in the collection of the Library & Archives, this workshop will examine Tennessee history topics from the 4th, 5th, 8th, and High School American History curriculum standards for social studies. The workshop will conclude with teacher participants working together to create a primary source activity for use in the classroom.

Teacher participants will receive lunch and six hours of professional development credit.

Knoxville Workshop: Thursday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center

Please note: All scheduled dates and locations are subject to change due to the on-going pandemic. The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged at all workshops. Some facilities where workshops are located may also have a mask requirement. Visit workshop web page for additional dates and locations: https://sos.tn.gov/tsla/education-outreach-professional-development.

To Register for Knoxville Workshop: Click Here

This workshop series is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at https://www.archives.gov/nhprc.


Summer Humanities Tennessee Professional Development:

TBA in early 2022

Lesson Plans from past workshops can be found on our website.


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 call 865-215-8828.