Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2018 Summer Institute

"Something never to be forgotten": Stories of Race and Identity

June 26 - 29, 2018
Grafton, Vermont



How do we have courageous conversations about race?

How do our own perceptions of identity influence our teaching?

How do we use history to prompt meaningful discussions about race and identity with students?

How do we help students become empathetic leaders and agents of change?


During the four days we will work with these questions and along the way explore stories that connect the enduring human condition to lessons that can be applied today. Stories will be drawn from:
  • The Underground Railroad
  • The Civil War 
  • Daisy Turner's Family History
  • Monuments and Memorials in our Communities
We'll use Project Based Learning protocols to connect our work to the community.

Registration Fees:
This is a 4-day residential institute held at the Grafton Inn. Meals and the cost of lodging at the Grafton Inn are included in the $750 registration fee. Commuter registration fee is $550. Graduate credit is available from Castleton State University.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2018 Field Studies

Field Study: Overnight at Plimoth Plantation

Date: May 11 - 12
Location: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA
Registration Fee: $350
LIMITED TO TEN PEOPLE


You will step into the world of the Pilgrims for a night by dressing up in colonial costumes, helping to make a delicious hearth-cooked meal, and playing games that the settlers would have known from their homes in England. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour and bed down for the night in a reconstructed Pilgrim house to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of an evening in early Plimoth Colony!

Field Study: The Civil War in Your Community

Date: July 9 - 11, 2018
Location: St. Gaudens, Cornish, NH
Registration Fee: $525 (2 graduate credits available for additional fee)


Day 1: The Civil War in Myth and Memory. What messages do monuments send? Why were Civil War monuments erected and how do the layered messages from the past impact society today? We will use monuments at St. Gaudens as a case study and hear from one teacher about how her high school students have wrestled with these questions.

Days 2 & 3: Learn how to develop a Project Based Learning unit on researching Civil War soldiers. We will investigate a graveyard, learn how to find primary sources online and in your community, and discuss creative ways for students to share their projects with the community. Considerable time will be available for individual work-time.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Connecting Literature to the Social Studies Classroom

Location:  East Montpelier Elementary School
Dates: January 23 & January 30; 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $100

In these two after school sessions, teachers will investigate primary sources connected to picture books on Abenaki and early settlement history of the region. Brush up on your early settlement era knowledge, learn strategies for helping students investigate primary sources, and develop writing tasks directly connected to the Common Core. Teachers will leave with primary source packets connected to each picture book. The day will focus on three topics:


The Abenaki
In Malian's Song, by Marge Bruchac, a young Abenaki girl recounts the 1759 English attack on her village. This session will use maps and early documents to explore the relationships between the Abenaki and English settlers.




Early Settlement
Giants in the Land, by Diana Applebaum, tells the story of the giant pines used for masts for the Royal Navy in the days of early settlement. Tricking the Tallyman, by Jacqueline Davies, is set in 1790 and tells the story of the dilemmas of the tallyman who must deliver a count of the citizens of Tunbridge, Vermont. In this session we will look at town charters, maps, and the first United States Census to understand settlement issues in Vermont and New Hampshire.



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Friday, November 17, 2017

Fake News and Informed Citizens: Strategies for Students and Teachers


The tools we’ve invented are handling us, not the other way around.--Sam Wineberg


  • Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact-checked the claim or provided a synthesis of research.
  • Go upstream to the source: Go “upstream” to the source of the claim. Most web content is not original. Get to the original source to understand the trustworthiness of the information.
  • Read laterally: Read laterally.[1] Once you get to the source of a claim, read what other people say about the source (publication, author, etc.). The truth is in the network.
  • Circle back: If you get lost, or hit dead ends, or find yourself going down an increasingly confusing rabbit hole, back up and start over knowing what you know now. You’re likely to take a more informed path with different search terms and better decisions.
  • Who is behind the evidence?
  • What is the evidence?
  • What do other sources say?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Race and Identity: After school reading & discussion group


The Flow of History decided many months ago to focus our 2017-18 programming on using history as an entry point to talk about race in the classroom. While this important topic is always on the agenda, recent events have made this conversation even more timely. Our discussion group will launch with a new YA novel that is hard hitting and provocative. We’ll follow that up with some readings about the nature of identity in contemporary society. The final two sessions will investigate the ways that race and privilege figure into history and how we can use state and local history to engage students in empathic conversations about race and identity.

Dates and Locations:
Stevens High School Library, Claremont, NH
November 8, November 15, November 29, December 13, January 10; 4:00 – 6:00pm

Registration Fee: $250; Books and materials provided

Session 1: Claremont, Our Classrooms, and Reflections on Whiteness

Sessions 2 & 3: Race and Identity in America
  • Session 2: Book Discussion: Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
  • Session 3: Discussion and Activities: Josh Bryan, “Charlottesville was my fault,” and Facing History and Ourselves, “The Complexity of Identity”

Sessions 4 & 5: The Significance of Race in History
  • Session 4: Primary Source Inquiry: Slavery in New Hampshire
  • Session 5: Primary Source Inquiry: The Power of Monuments
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Note: a 4-session version of this program is running in Hartford and Brattleboro

Friday, August 25, 2017

After-School Reading and Discussion Series



The Flow of History decided many months ago to focus our 2017-18 programming on using history as an entry point to talk about race in the classroom. While this important topic is always on the agenda, recent events have made this conversation even more timely. Our 4-session book group will launch with a new YA novel that is hard hitting and provocative. We’ll follow that up with some readings about the nature of identity in contemporary society. The final two sessions will investigate the ways that race and privilege figure into Vermont history and how we can use state and local history to engage students in empathic conversations about race and identity.

Dates and Locations:
Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 13, November 27, December 11, January 8

Brattleboro Middle School, Room 263
Brattleboro, VT: November 14, November 28, December 12, January 9

Registration Fee: $200; Books and materials provided

Sessions 1 & 2: Race and Identity in America
  • Session 1: Book Discussion: Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
  • Session 2: Discussion and Activities: Josh Bryan, “Charlottesville was my fault,” and Facing History and Ourselves, “The Complexity of Identity”

Sessions 3 & 4: The Significance of Race in Vermont History
  • Session 3: Primary Source Inquiry: The Vermont Constitution and Vermont Slavery; Jeffrey Brace, The Blind African Slave
  • Session 4: Discussion: Elise Guyette, “The Power of Erasure: Reflections on Civil War, Race, and Growing Up White in Vermont.” Primary Source Inquiry: The Power of Monuments


Monday, August 14, 2017

Workshop: Town Meeting Then and Now

Date: December 5, 2017

Location: Windsor Town Offices, 29 Union Street, Windsor, VT

Registration Fee: $175

Have you been trying to figure out how to connect Civics to Vermont History? Join us for a workshop focused on Town Meetings then and now.
  • Take a tour of a Town Clerk's vault and learn about the primary sources housed there.
  • Learn how to read town meeting records with kids.
  • Try out a simple lesson that introduces the idea of civic duty to kids, comparing elected officials in a community then and now.
  • Learn how to develop a town meeting reenactment that can focus on past or present civic issues
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