All Nine Regional Institutes will consist of the following four sessions.
Session 1: Gaining Perspective
How do we view events and evidence differently based on our backgrounds, objectives, and experiences?
Description: Every individual brings their own perspective to every interaction and activity. A person’s perspective is informed by their experiences and knowledge. Every historical record is a combination of occurrence, perspective, time, and place. We will explore how perspective differs from individual to individual and why it is a key piece of evidence to consider when looking at historical records and the accepted historical narrative.
Session 2: Understanding Purpose
How do we use historical records differently based on our profession?
Description: The way we use historical records determines the type of information that must accompany those records. We will explore how each profession uses historical records and what information they need to successfully incorporate those records into their work. The way we use these records is also important in elevating the voices of marginalized groups. The discussion will include best practices for finding the history of underrepresented communities in the historical record.
Session 3: Sharing Information
How does teacher and student access to local historical records benefit the local community, the field of history, and society?
Description: Research shows the positive impact primary sources have on both student learning and their appreciation of local history. We will discuss the importance of incorporating these resources into the classroom curriculum and the role everyone plays in making primary sources accessible to students. Students need to see their own history reflected in the historical record. We will explore methods of bringing all perspectives into the historical narrative.
Session 4: Collaborating Successfully
How can we develop a network and common language for collaboration?
Description: As key stakeholders, you hold the power to transform student understanding of historical events and the importance of their local history. We will present collaborative opportunities and discuss best practices for developing a common language among educators and the custodians of historical records. The goal is to leave the institute with a plan for better collaboration and increased access to primary sources.