National Humanities Center offers PD opportunities

The National Humanities Center is offering several professional development activities this year that may be of interest to Virginia teachers:

1. Humanities in Class: Sugar Mill, Sea, Society in Caribbean History on September 29, 2018 at the National Humanities Center. This one-day symposium will help you understand this complex topic better – and to practice hands-on teaching strategies that will help your students use archival documents to investigate this global system. You can also look forward to working with some familiar faces and colleagues – including Andrew Payne of the National Archives, Chris Bunin of Albemarle County Public Schools, and Mike Williams of Warren New Tech School in Warrenton, North Carolina.

As an extra incentive, the Virginia Geographic Alliance is sponsoring 16 scholarships and travel stipends for Virginia teachers to participate.  Each award will cover the $15 registration fee as well as provide $50 to help with gas or overnight lodging.

This private link allows you to register for this scholarship on a first come, first award basis:

The schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30 – arrive and welcome
  • 9:00 – keynote
  • 9:30 – “Let the Archives Speak” with Andrew Payne
  • 12:00 – lunch (provided with registration)
  • 1:00 – “From Ghana to Bridgetown to London” with Mike Williams
  • 2:00 – “Geography and Barbados” with Chris Bunin
  • 3:30 – dismiss

2. Humanities in Class: Digital Literacy in the Classroom is a five-module online course designed to explore ways in which the humanities can serve as a powerful tool in developing critical analytics skills in the 21st century information age. In this virtual course, educators explore digital literacy and citizenship using investigation, analysis, discussion, and reflection based on materials developed by leading humanities scholars. Participants will also develop a classroom resource that is customized to their own educational environment based on the NHC curriculum model. The course opens on September 4 and earns participants 15 hours of CEU credit.

Course topics include:
• Calling Bull in the Classroom (with Jevin West of University of Washington)
• Manipulating History
• China: A Case Study (with Min Jang of UNC-Charlotte)
Registration is limited to 30:


Registration is limited to 80:

3. Humanities in Class Webinar Series 2018-19 provides an irreverent, fast-paced forum for scholars and educators to discuss compelling topics in our world through a humanities lens. This year we will feature sessions on the Second Amendment, privacy in the digital age, hip hop scholarship, and the truth and myths of Game of Thrones among other exciting topics.

Registration is limited per session to 200:

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