History's Mysteries Institute

Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom

Emerging America
PDPs: 
67.5
Graduate Credits: 
3

Description

This five-module, online workshop will deepen teacher skills with integrating social studies, language arts, and inquiry in remote and in-person learning using History’s Mysteries: Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms, the free, easy-to-use inquiry curriculum units created by teachers Kelley Brown and Laurie Risler. Each grade-level unit (with click-and-play options for in-person, hybrid and remote learning) invites students to investigate a mystery grounded in the 2018 Massachusetts History & Social Science Framework. Units align closely to content and literacy standards across the U.S. Teachers in all 50 states are teaching with History’s Mysteries!

Educators will practice adapting the teacher-friendly click-and-play History's Mysteries curriculum, with editable slides and materials, to meet the needs of their students and teaching formats. Teachers will be introduced to core principles behind Brown and Risler’s selection of materials and presentation approach for the History’s Mysteries curriculum. Participants will receive coaching on extending the History’s Mysteries approach to other content, integrating picture books and other elements of the ELA curriculum into engaging, inquiry skill building activities. Participants will be prepared to support peers in their school and district.

Educators will have a choice between customizing one unit for classroom use addressing their unique classroom needs and creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic.

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators and Teachers; Grades K-5

Credits

67.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Participants may choose instead to take this course for 3 graduate credits through Westfield State University for an additional cost. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments. 

Date and Location

Fall 2021

This workshop is fully online and will run October 4, 2021 through December 6, 2021. Virtual sessions will be held on the below dates:

  • October 4, 2021; 4:00pm - 5:15pm
  • November 8, 2021; 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Registration Deadline: Sept 27

Spring 2022

This workshop is fully online and will run February 28, 2022 through April 4, 2022. Virtual sessions will be held on the below dates:

  • February 28, 2022; 4:00pm - 5:15pm
  • April 4, 2022; 4:00pm - 5:15pm

Registration Deadline: Feb 21

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $297.50 for member districts, and $350 for non-member districts.

Instructor(s)

  • thumbnail image of Kelley Brown

    Kelley Brown is a Social Studies educator at Easthampton High School where she has taught for the last 20 years. She is also the Professional Development Coordinator. She focuses on bringing primary sources and disciplinary literacy skills into the Social Studies classroom for all students.

  • Laurie Risler

    Laurie Risler is a former elementary school teacher. She now teaches education courses at Westfield State University. She has co-led professional development programs in history for the Collaborative for Educational Services since 2011, including as a coach for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES. She served as Teacher in Residence at Westfield State University 2012-2013.

For more information, contact:
Position: 
Events Coordinator
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5981
Email: 
esullivan@collaborative.org

Registration

A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.