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History workshop returns, offers professional development for students and teachers

Nearly 40 teachers, students and professors assembled for the workshop, “Teaching United States History in a Global Perspective” on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Dey Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The event was sponsored by the UNC Project for Historical Education (PHE), a joint project between the School of Education and the University’s Department of History.

Although PHE started in 1991, Saturday was the first time the workshop has been offered in four years.  Participants seemed excited to once again have the opportunity to share current ideas and research in the field, and engage in lively discussion with peers. 

Led by Michael Hunt and Jerma Jackson, professors in the Department of History, the workshop was attended by local middle and high school history teachers, graduate students and undergraduate Teaching Fellows.  The workshop focused on the links between the U.S. history curriculum and global issues, focusing particularly on the slave trade and economic, cultural and military forms of globalization.

The primary goal of the workshop is to offer professional development for the state’s middle school and high school teachers, who made up the bulk of attendees, and to inform them of the latest historical research and thinking, according to Lauren Premack, graduate director of PHE and workshop coordinator.  “The workshop,” she said, “helps to break down some of those barriers that exist between University faculty and teachers.”

Founded in 1991, PHE aims to contribute high quality professional development by presenting programs that respect teacher interest and knowledge.  Through seminars, small-group work and plenary discussions, PHE presents the latest developments in historical research, as well as practical strategies for integrating those developments into teachers’ middle school and high school lesson plans.