Summer Professional Development from Stanford

The Stanford Teaching Festival (STF) is an annual summer opportunity organized by the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. This year's STF will run from July 31 to August 4.  The STF aims to bring together teachers from varied classrooms and contexts worldwide. Teachers participate in a common, in-person, high-quality professional learning experience over the summer, and are provided with the resources, tools, and support to engage and grow with one another in meaningful learning communities throughout the school year.

Offerings for Summer 2017 are:

1. First World War in a Global Context

In this course, scholars will provide rich content knowledge on the First World War in a global context.  Recent scholarship, spurred by the centenary of the war, has significantly enriched resources available to educators to teach about this seminal conflict that shaped the 20th century from a broader perspective than the classic focus on the Western Front.  Combining military, political, social and cultural approaches, we will explore how to use primary sources, literature, scholarly texts and film to help students understand the causes, conduct and consequences of World War I. Teachers will have the opportunity to experience being students again, deepen and broaden their content knowledge and build their curriculum.

More info and registration

2. History of the Americas: Mexican Revolution and Nation-Building

In July 2016, the California State Board of Education adopted a revised History-Social Science curriculum framework for grades K-12. The new framework reflects the struggles and progress of Chicanos and Latinos in the US, as well as major historical events in Latin America, including a focus on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution in 10th grade.  In this course, historians from one of Mexico’s leading universities, El Colegio de México, will join US scholars to provide rich content knowledge on the Mexican Revolution and nation-building. Topics may include women of the Revolution, Mexican muralists, and US-Mexican political history.  We will explore how to use primary sources, literature, and scholarly texts to build curriculum that reflects the new History-Social Science framework and teaches students to think critically about key historical events.  Teachers will have the opportunity to experience being students again while deepening and broadening their content knowledge.

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Summer ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence


ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 30-July 2, 2017

Denver, Colorado

Every day, in every school, for every student, we know that excellent teaching is the foundation of student learning. Attend the 2017 Conference on Teaching Excellence for proven solutions, game-changing ideas, and the tools you need to transform student learning.

Registration and more info

Judges Needed for National History Day


You’re invited to be part of National History Day in Missouri 2017! Please make plans to join us at the state contest on April 29 at the University of Missouri in Columbia. 

We are seeking 150 volunteers to serve as judges at this exciting annual event, and we hope you will support Missouri students as they express their passion for history through five diverse competition categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites. 

You will be amazed by the creativity and hard work that History Day students put into their projects. Top finishers will advance to represent Missouri at the national contest in the Washington, DC, area in June. We thank you in advance for sharing your time and your talents with these students.

“It is such a joy to see young people loving history and having fun.” —NHDMO judge


Judges can expect to spend the day interacting with students from across the state in grades six through twelve and providing constructive comments on their work. This feedback contributes to their learning experience and helps prepare top finishers for nationals. 

To thank you for your essential participation in National History Day in Missouri 2017, we will provide a light breakfast, lunch, and a travel stipend of up to $50 for those whose round trip mileage exceeds 75 miles.
Sign up today. If you have questions, please email, or call 573.882.7083.
Thank you for saving the date of April 29 for an exciting, interactive day of history, and please share this invitation with others who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you! 


Maggie Mayhan

National History Day in Missouri Coordinator

The State Historical Society of Missouri

1020 Lowry Street, Columbia, MO 65201

Direct: 573.882.0189 | Main: 573.882.7083 |



Missouri & Illinois Councils for History Education

Best Practices in History Education Conference

September 19 & 20, 2017

Gateway Conference Center-St.Louis Federal Reserve Bank


We invite you to submit a breakout session proposal. Sessions may feature episodes in American or World History and themes such as Teaching Literacy in the History Classroom. We seek sessions on technology use in the classroom, History Day, curriculum issues facing social studies teachers, and other topics relating to content and methodology. Proposals may include panels, roundtables, and/or workshops sixty minutes in length.

All presenters must pre-register for the conference and are expected to participate in the full conference. Our conferences are particularly valued because of the collegiality and networking among presenters and educators.

Proposal Guidelines Proposals must include:

• Name and contact information for each presenter – ground and email addresses plus phone number.

• Information regarding presenters’ experience presenting to a K-12 educators audience.

• 50 – 100 word abstract indicating information and instructional methodology to be shared.

• Specify audio-visual needs.

• Intended audience: subject, grade level.

• Presenters intending to promote a particular set of commercial materials, including textbooks and/or supplemental materials, must indicate this in their proposal.

• Panels and collaborative teams of teachers, historians, and social science professionals are encouraged, as are sessions that aid in teaching to state or national history/social science standards and/or the Common Core.

Email proposals to:

Proposals must be received by May 15, 2017.

Emailed proposals will be acknowledged. Notification of status will be sent on or before June 1, 2017.

For more information contact Joan Musbach, MOCHE Conference Director,

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Economic Forces in U.S. History:  Let's Hear from the People

Economic Forces in U.S. History:  Let's Hear from the People, scheduled for June 27 through June 29, 2017, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be two video conference presentations during the 3 days. One of the presenters for this will be Charles Flanagan, Ph.D. outreach supervisor, Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration and another will be Andrew Hill, Ph.D. economic education advisor, Philadelphia Fed.  Dave Wheelock and Katrina Stierholz will also present--but of course they will be in person. We will feature resources for teaching economics and personal finance in middle and high school classrooms.  Here is a link to the registration page