Teaching Historical Thinking: A Summer Institute

Registration for this institute is at capacity. We are accepting for the wait list.

Join UCBHSSP and Bay Area educators for this one week institute to explore how we can increase student connection to the historical narrative, the history of their communities, and themselves through a focus on project-based learning and historical thinking concepts. Teachers will be introduced to the Making History Approach and have time to revise a unit and develop a lesson for their specific community and curricular context.

Complete this registration form to add your name to the waitlist. (No Cost Institute)


  • Asks questions of the past.

  • Investigates the history of the school community.

  • Thinks about who the students are and what histories they bring to the classroom.

  • Regularly tries new instructional ideas to foster collaborative learning opportunities in the history classroom.

  • Makes choices about instruction that empower students to see themselves as historymakers in their community.



A. Pre-lesson - Uses personal histories to establish understanding of historical thinking concepts.

B. Suggested Scaffolds - Provides learning strategies and organizers to foster understanding of historical thinking concepts throughout the unit of study.

C. Culminating Project - Integrates historical thinking concepts into the historical topics studied.


This workshop is informed by our Summer 2017 Making History program for high school students. It is funded through a generous gift from the Stuart Foundation.

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:00am
UC Berkeley
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June 18-22, 2018
No Cost