2015 - 2016 Programs

Summer 2016 INSTITUTES

Telling Stories: Investigating Community History

June 28 - July 1, Grafton, VT       

Join Flow of History and Vermont author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock for four days of historical investigations and writing workshops exploring how to help kids with narrative writing. The institute will follow a C3 Inquiry Framework with workshops on developing historical questions, making thinking visible, investigating primary sources, and sharing new understandings through story. 

The Power of Water~The Power of Place: Exploring Our Histories, Watersheds, and Communities with Students

July 6 - 8, 2016, Windsor, VT   

We will investigate the natural and cultural environment of the Mill Brook in Windsor, VT, using scholar presentations and sources such as architecture, bridges, maps, photographs and the river itself. We will learn how rivers behave, how to collect river flow data and analyze it, and how rivers respond in large weather events. The institute will include workshops on tying curriculum to community service and citizen science projects so students are empowered to take action. Read more


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Historical Maps 2.0: Using GIS in the Classroom to Promote Historical Thinking

Sugar River Professional Development Center
Claremont, NH

  • March 3    8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This workshop will provide an overview of online sources of historical maps and how to create and use maps to develop end enhance historical thinking skills. Compare before and after scenarios, mark change over time in a series of maps, give a tour of places/features with shared characteristics, explore a particular problem in depth. This workshop will explore the basics of building story maps and the different ways to display your information using publicly accessible Story Maps.

Nature’s Fury

Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 
Dummerston, VT
  • March 29   8:30 - 3:00

Large-scale current events are rooted in historical patterns of human adaptability. After a presentation about human response to major weather events in the past, participants will explore relevant primary sources and learn how to find primary sources at the Library of Congress website, using climate change as an example. They will have work time to explore the LOC and begin developing a classroom activity on a grade-appropriate topic.

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Stating your Case: Using Primary Sources to Develop Reading, Thinking, and Writing Skills 

Sugar River Professional Development Center, Claremont, VT

  • November 10    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • January 26       8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • May 3              4:00 -5:30 p.m.

         STUDY GROUP: Patterns from the Past

         Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT

         Tuesdays, 4:15 - 6:00 pm: 

    • October 13
    • November 17
    • December 15
    • January 12
Green Mountain Union High School, Chester, VT

        Wednesdays, 4:15 - 6:00 pm: 

    • October 14
    • November 18
    • December 16
    • January 13 

        VASS Workshop

This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.