How can you help your students to see history as a living, breathing record of the past? How can you motivate students to ask probing questions and seek complex answers? How can you bridge their historical knowledge with a lifelong commitment to civic action?
With this self-paced course, middle and high school teachers will find new ways to engage students in and out of the classroom. Co-taught by Dr. Kathy Swan, Professor of Education at the University of Kentucky, and Naomi Coquillon, Manager of Youth and Teacher Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, this self-paced course will offer teachers useful and readily applicable strategies and tactics to incorporate inquiry-based learning methods into their existing history lessons.
The self-paced course brings together the new College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies with the Smithsonian’s hands-on, museum-based educational techniques that bring historical artifacts to life for millions of visitors each year. Through explanation, demonstration, and dynamic examples, the course offers teachers practical ideas for how to entice students to craft complex and incisive questions; think critically about primary and secondary historical sources; form and support their opinions with evidence; and communicate their conclusions in ways that will prepare them to be engaged citizens of the world. Demonstrations will feature the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s exhibitions and vast collection of historical artifacts and will offer ideas and resources to help teachers everywhere incorporate object- and inquiry-based teaching techniques and Smithsonian online resources into their own classrooms.
- How to use and apply the inquiry arc of the C3 Framework for Social Studies, engaging students in a deeper process of historical inquiry
- How to incorporate object-based learning in history lessons, related educational or museum programs
- Techniques to develop compelling questions
- Lesson planning ideas that incorporate the C3 Inquiry Framework and museum resources
Kathleen Owings Swan, Ph.D, University of Kentucky College of Education
Dr. Swan is a professor of curriculum and instruction and the Director of Next Generation Teacher Preparation at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on standards-based technology integration, authentic intellectual work, and documentary-making in the social studies classroom. Dr. Swan has been a four-time recipient of the National Technology Leadership Award in Social Studies Education, innovating with web-based interactive technology curricula, including the Historical Scene Investigation Project, the Digital Directors Guild, and Digital Docs in a Box. Her co-authored book, And Action! Doing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom and children's series Thinking Like a Citizen, were published in fall 2013. She is also the advisor for the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Assessment Collaborative (SSACI) at the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) and was the project Director/Lead Writer of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Dr. Swan has a Ph.D in social studies education from the University of Virginia, a B.S. in economics from Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland, and an M.A.T. in social studies education from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Swan was the Goldman Sachs Fellow at the National Museum of American History in the fall of 2013.
Naomi Coquillon, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Naomi is the Manager of Youth and Teacher Programs at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Through the A. James Clark Excellence in History Teaching Program and the Smithsonian's History Explorer website team, Naomi designs and delivers workshops for K-12 teachers nationwide, develops online materials for K-12 classrooms, and conducts online outreach to educators. Naomi leads the museum's annual National Youth Summit, which brings together middle and high school students with scholars, teachers, policy experts and activists, in a national conversation about events in America's past that have relevance to the nation's present and future. Naomi holds Masters degrees in history from the University of Maryland, College Park and in museum education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature from Harvard College. Prior to joining the education department at the National Museum of American History, Naomi was a classroom teacher and served as the Director for Educational Resources at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.