Primary Sources in the Classroom
Each summer the Boston Athenæum holds a workshop for educators on expanding the use of visual and textual primary sources in classroom teaching. The workshop, designed primarily for teachers of students in grades 5 through 12, is of value to and open to educators of all grade levels, homeschool educators, school librarians, and museum educators.
Workshop participants engage in a combination of group and individual activities, including an introduction to the Athenæum and its resources, analyzing primary sources for inquiry-based learning techniques, methods for discovering and selecting primary sources, and developing new strategies for employing primary sources.
The Boston Athenæum is a Professional Development Provider as recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Licensed Massachusetts educators receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) for successfully completing the workshop and all assignments and assessments.
August 26-28, 2020
$75 per person
As part of the Boston Athenæum's year-long program series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the 2020 workshop will focus on materials related to women's history from the Revolutionary War through World War I.
This year's workshop will be held in a hybrid format, with online class time on Wednesday, August 26; Thursday, August 27; and Friday, August 28, including a keynote lecture on women's suffrage with Dr. Allison K. Lang at 6 pm on Thursday, August 27. Particpants will be expected to visit the Boston Athenæum in person to view and work individually with primary source materials and develop a lesson plan as a final project. The deadline for final projects will be determined based on the availability of physical access to the library at the time of the workshop and may be as long as one year from the workshop dates.
The workshop is open to classroom teachers of all grades, homeschool educators, school librarians, and museum educators. Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions.
Please contact Director of Education Hannah Weisman at email@example.com or 617-720-7617 with questions or to request accommodations.
July 11-12, 2019
The 2019 workshop used the Athenæum’s exceptional collections of Civil War-related materials to demonstrate and allow participants to develop a range of methods for reading, analyzing, and implementing the use of primary sources.
"Primary Sources in the Classroom" is sponsored in part by Taylor Mudge through the Mudge Fellowship Program. Participating educators are designated as Mudge Education Associates at the Boston Athenæum and receive a one-year Athenæum membership.
Special thanks to Boston University Center for the Humanities for supporting this initiative through PhD Graduate Internships in the Humanities.