School is a fact of life. Every year since 1900, schoolhouses have enrolled an ever-greater share of American children, produced ever-larger cohorts of high school graduates, and received ever-increasing investment and oversight by all levels of the American state. The unprecedented interruption of schooling by the COVID-19 pandemic provides an occasion to look back on the history of our “schooled” society.
This seminar explores major historiographical issues in the study of American schooling, with Chicagoland as a case in point. We’ll examine the rise of mass schooling, the movement for teacher unionism, the struggles for educational desegregation, and the emergence of choice-and-accountability reform. As a working group, we’ll also explore how K-12 teachers can use their own schoolhouses and communities as tools in the project-based teaching of American history. Our students are surrounded by artifacts—from the architecture, artwork, and equipment of the school plant, to the old yearbooks and trophies in libraries and display cases, to the living networks of alumni in our communities. Together, we’ll learn methods of caring for this heritage, of mobilizing it as a source for historical inquiry, and of using these projects to hook students on the work of doing history.
Please note that attendance in all scheduled seminar sessions is required for full CPDU credit.
Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 11, 2020. For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at email@example.com.
A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for logging onto the Zoom session, will be distributed to participants via email.
If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.