Fri Jan 27 08:15:00 2017
Setting the Standard: Teaching History and the Social Sciences
Friday, January 27, 2017
Illinois State University
January 2017 marks the anniversary of a ten-year partnership between the Museum, the Illinois State University Department of History, and the Regional Office of Education 17, as the three organizers present their tenth annual regional history teacher symposium on the campus of ISU on Friday, January 27.
Each year, this annual history symposium services over 100 practicing middle and high school history and social science teachers from throughout the state of Illinois, in conjunction with a contingent of upperclassmen ISU history education majors. The inclusive scope of the target audience reflects what has been a primary goal of the symposium since its inception—to facilitate a connection between current working teachers and students who are currently actively working towards becoming the next generation of educators.
This year, in light of the relatively recent adoption of the new Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science, individual sessions during the symposium will support the theme of “Setting the Standard: Teaching History and the Social Sciences.” Previous symposium themes include: “I Teach Abe and Dave; I Teach Illinois; I Teach Vietnam” (2008), “Teaching the Holocaust and Global Genocide” (2010), “Teaching World History in a Global Society” (2011), “Civil Rights: Education and Activism” (2014), “Teaching History & the Social Sciences: The Time is Now” (2015), and “Teaching the 20th Century in the 21st Century” (2016).