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


Summer Humanities Tennessee Professional Development:

Teach Tennessee History Summer Zoom: Three Tennessee Constitutions--1796, 1834, 1870

June 28, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern

Join us for a discussion of content and strategies around the three iterations of our Tennessee Constitution from 1790 to 1870. Tennessee's social studies standards address these documents, and this is the perfect time to learn more about them, as well as ask questions. We will be visiting Blount Mansion where we will learn about the writing of the first constitution. Dr. William Hardy from Lincoln Memorial University will share the top five or six points to understand about the 1834 and 1870 amendments as well.

To register, please email Lisa Oakley .

Teach Tennessee History Summer Institute: The Trail of Tears

June 21-24, 2022 in Southeast Tennessee and Northeast Georgia

Are you a teacher actively incorporating Tennessee history into your public or private K-12 classroom? If you are, please consider applying to attend the FREE summer 2022 Teach Tennessee History summer institute. The Trail of Tears story told through places and primary sources will be the focus for this exploration of sites and museums in Southeast Tennessee and Northeast Georgia.

Transportation will be facilitated to State Historic Sites New Echota and Chief Vann House in Georgia and Red Clay in Tennessee, along with the Hiwassee River Heritage Center and associated Trail of Tears sites in Charleston, Tennessee. At each location, interpretive rangers and historians will share resources and historic content.

The institute is a residential program running from the evening of June 21 through noon on June 24. Lodging and meals are provided. All participants are expected to stay with the group during the duration of the institute.

The 2022 Teach Tennessee History teacher institute is funded in part through a sponsorship from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) education staff will be joined by valued partners Kira Duke with Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU and Amy Kostine, National Trails Program Coordinator with the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU.

The summer institute is currently full, but we are taking names for the waiting list. Email Lisa Oakley if you are interested in joining the waiting list or have questions.

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


Humanities Tennessee is an independent 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.