November 2014: Upcoming Opportunities and Resources

Europe's Transformative 20th Century: 2014 Master Teacher Workshop

Tuesday, Nov 18, 5:00 - 8pm & Tuesday, December 2, 5-8 pm
Thomson Hall 317

Please join us for a two-part fall master teacher workshop on "Europe's Transformative 20th Century"!

Timed to coincide with the anniversaries of the start of World War I and fall of the Berlin Wall, this workshop will explore how Europe transformed from a continent of warring nations to one of peaceful unification and cooperation between 1914 and 1989.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 and Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 5:00-8:00PM in Thomson Hall, Rm. 317.

Participants who attend both the 11/18 and 12/2 sessions will receive six clock hours. The cost is $30 and includes clock hours, dinner, parking, and materials.  Fees are non-refundable. Space is limited and priority goes to full-time teachers. Register here:

For more information, please email the Center for West European Studies at

 From Memphis and Mogadishu: The History of African Americans in Martin Luther King County, Washington, 1858-2014

UW Historians Quintard Taylor and Daude Abe recently completed a project about the history of African Americans in King County: 

 The Hana–Stanford Conference on Korea

If you teach about Korea, we would strongly recommend that you apply for the 2015 conference.

Teaching about the Holocaust: Seminar for Educators

November 14th, 5:00-8:30pm and November 15th, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Rochester High School, 19800 Carper Rd. SW, Rochter

Presented by the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center in partnership with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Keynote speaker: Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke, will share her mother's story.  Seminar will provide educators with the background information and tools they need to teach the Holocaust effectively in their classrooms. Geared to teachers in 5th grade and up.  Clock hours available.

Attend either or both days.  Registration required.  $20 registration fee (includes clock hours, dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday).  

pace is limited!  Register Now!  

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Magna Carta trip to DC

Here is an opportunity for high school students to create a video for the 2015 celebration of the Magna Carta. Students in the US from grades 9-12 or their equivalent are eligible. The prize is a trip to DC for 3 days, 2 nights. Submissions are accepted between October 1, 2014 and January 15, 2015. See the attached flyer. For more information, contact Dee Lee at or 312-988-5659.

EH Summer Institute for Teachers: Teaching American History Through Song

June 29-July 31, 2015

Songs are like time capsules, filled with messages from a moment in history.  They’re also fun to sing, making them an appealing and effective tool for the classroom.   The Center for American Music at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Society for American Music (, is pleased to be offering its sixth five-week summer institute for K-12 teachers.  “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Song” will be held from June 29 - July 31, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh.  This Institute, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will allow 25 secondary school teachers and three graduate students who intend to pursue careers in education, to explore topics in American history through the lens of music.

“Voices Across Time demonstrated the appeal and power of interdisciplinary learning. The extensive curriculum developed by the Center for American Music is easily implemented at any level, with rich bibliographies to encourage further research. Each week during the Institute we will focus on a broad topic in American history, utilizing popular songs as primary source documents. Carefully selected field trips along with historical live performances will offer uniquely engaging evocations of an historical context.

We encourage participation especially from middle- and high-school teachers of social studies or related disciplines, including history, geography, and language arts; other grade levels and disciplines will also be considered, and music teachers are welcome. Additional information, along with application materials, is available at or email: (please indicate NEH Institute in the subject line).  More information about the NEH and its programs is available at

Posted on November 13, 2014 .