Teaching in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Teaching in the Age of Mass Incarceration

2016-2017 UMass Amherst-CES History Institute

Registration for the 2016 - 2017 UMass Amherst-CES History Institute has closed.

However, the exciting Feinberg Family Lecture series talks are free and open to the public. Information about the Feinberg Lectures is available on the UMASS Feinberg Lectures website


Using a socio-historical perspective to understand mass incarceration in the US, this professional development series for K-12 teachers will explore concepts and practical examples for the classroom. Select participants will engage with readings and curricular resources, attend three lectures by nationally renowned scholars and activists chosen from an array of options, participate in four 90-minute teacher sessions, and prepare a simple lesson plan. Teacher sessions will involve small and larger group discussions and learning from other practitioners about ways to engage young people with these concepts. Study topics based on teacher interest. 

Audience and Grade Level

K-12 Teachers from all content areas including social studies, ELA, humanities.


12 PDPs OR 1 graduate credit in History from UMass Amherst are available for teachers who complete all components. Attendance and PDPs are free and open to all teachers in Massachusetts. $145 fee for graduate credit (optional).

Date and Location

The History Institute takes place in two parts:

  1. K-12 Teacher Sessions: October 18, November 8, 2016, December 6 and February 7, 2017 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm at Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St., Holyoke, MA 01040
  2. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series presented by UMass Amherst. Participants must attend at least three events from the series.

Information about the Feinberg Lectures is available on the UMass Feinberg Lectures website.

Cost and Registration

Participation is free for K-12 educators. No registration is required to attend lectures. An application is required to attend the teacher sessions. Limited space is available. 

Application period has closed.


Presented in partnership with the UMass Amherst Department of History, and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services. With TPS support, the Collaborative provides free professional development throughout Massachusetts in inquiry-based use of primary sources, featuring the vast online resources of the Library of Congress.

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For more information, contact:

Rich Cairn, Director of Emerging America
413.586.4900 x5936


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