July 25-29, 2016
California and the Nation: Exploring the Broader Significance of Local History is funded through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. The 5-day institute will offer teachers the opportunity to create lessons that explore how studying events in California can amplify and augment the study of United States History. You can read more about our approach here.
Through scholar lectures, model lessons, and workshops on teaching strategies, participating teachers will explore national themes and trends such as the campaigns for civil rights, gender rights, and American expansionism. Teachers will design a unique lesson that focuses on California history and incorporates digitized materials found through the Library of Congress. This five-day institute also includes two Saturday follow up sessions (fall and spring) where participants will review student work. Participants in this program will receive a stipend.