East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

2020-2021 Education Statement 

The ETHS Education Department understands that everyone is jumping into uncharted waters this school year. We are adapting and working to respond to teacher and student needs. Feel free to reach out to Lisa Oakley with questions, suggestions, and/or needs. 

The East Tennessee Historical Society offers a variety of teacher programs in various topics, formats, and times--we can be flexible! All programs are rich in content and methods instruction and are correlated to meet or exceed state curriculum requirements.

East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Virtual and In-Person Programs

For district-level workshops:

Please contact Lisa Oakley, curator of education, to schedule a district in-service related to any of the offerings found below or other social studies content or strategy needs. (865) 215-8828 or oakley@eastTNhistory.org

FREE Discover Tennessee History Teacher Webinars--New for 2020-2021

Discover Tennessee History is excited to launch a webinar series for the 2020-2021 school year.

On the second Tuesday of each month, one of our consortium partners (Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee State Parks, Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU, Tennessee Historical Society/Tennessee History Day, and the East Tennessee Historical Society) will offer a one-hour session exploring topics in Tennessee history with related primary sources and educational resources that can be used with your students.

Each session will be conducted through Zoom and will start at 4:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

Registration is required. Information on scheduling, session descriptions, and registration is posted here.

Feel free to email Lisa with questions. 

FREE Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Peer-2-Peer and Content/Strategy Webinars, plus Summer 2-Day Workshop:

FREE Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) programs introduce teachers to the rich digital collection of documents, records, and photos available through the Library of Congress website. For the 2020-2021 school year, Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU is working to be responsive to the needs of our Tennessee educators. They are mindful to the unique challenges facing educators and their students. To allow for flexibility to continue the successful programming offered over the past years, TPS-MTSU will be offering a variety of different virtual sessions throughout the school year. It is our hope to resume in-person workshops next summer.

NEW for teachers from MTSU-TPS is their YouTube page where they have posted recordings of this summer's Zoom workshops and webinars. Check out TPS MTSU YouTube Sessions, and stay tuned!

As the regional TPS facilitator, ETHS works under the direction of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, who administers the programs for Tennessee and is a state affiliate of the Teaching with Primary Sources program.

  • 2021 Zoom Webinars: 4 p.m. Central and 5 p.m. Eastern

    February 4 - WWII Homefront in Tennessee

    This one-hour webinar will feature primary sources and supporting educational materials that can be used to explore the experiences of Tennesseans on the homefront during World War II. This session will include a new lesson plan on Oak Ridge. Discussion will explore ways to incorporate these sources for 5th grade social studies and high school U.S. history. 

    March 18 - Peer2Peer online discussion session - Topic TBA

    This peer-to-peer discussion-based one-hour webinar will feature a brief (5-10 minute) presentation sharing strategies, resources, and experience from a classroom educator followed by small group discussion and sharing from participants. These informal sessions will be a great opportunity to connect with educators across the state and support each other during this challenging school year. The topic for this session will be decided based on feedback from educators in the fall sessions. 

    April 29 - Understanding and Unpacking Revolutions: Teaching Thematically with Primary Sources

    This one-hour webinar will explore how we can draw connections between the American Revolution, French Revolution, and Haitian Revolution. The session will feature a guest speaker and examine primary sources that can be used to teach the Age of Revolution. Discussion will explore ways to incorporate these sources for 8th social studies and high school world history. 

    July 8-9 - Strategies for Teaching the Social Studies Process Standards

    Social studies practices challenge students to identify primary sources, build analysis skills, and engage in subject specific skilled thinking. This workshop will explore different ways to approach these skills with your students. 

Click here to register with Lisa Oakley--865-215-8828 or oakley@easttnhistory.org


Summer Humanities Tennessee Professional Development:

Teach Tennessee History Summer Webinar: The Trail of Tears Story

June 2021--Date to be determined schedule and session details TBA in late fall, early spring--In Person institute is being converted to virtual webinar.

Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or check back for updates.

Lesson Plans from past workshops can be found on our website.


Humanities Tennessee is the state affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.          

National History Day Teacher Workshops 

NHD Workshop Dates and Locations TBA

Would you like to learn more about how to introduce or enhance the National History Day program in your classroom?  We can schedule a workshop for teachers or come out to the classroom to discuss History Day logistics and explore this year's theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History." For more information on arranging a workshop or classroom outreach, please contact Lisa Oakley by e-mail oakley@eastTNhistory.org or call 865-215-8828.