Saturday, February 1, 2020

2020 Summer Institute

The Past is Present
Flow of History Summer Institute, 2020

Due to Covid-19, the institute has been postponed. More information will be coming by early April.

June 22-25, 2020
Grafton, VT

How do communities help people in need?
How does human activity affect the natural and built environment?
What are ways people stand up for what they believe in?
Who has immigrated to our communities? How welcoming have we been?

During the four days we will work with these questions and along the way explore how nearby history can shed light on contemporary issues. Topics to explore include:

Welfare and Poverty
Climate Change
Social Activism

During the week we will practice discussion protocols and activities that support development of transferrable skills, including clear and effective communication, informed and integrative thinking, and responsible and involved citizenship.

Registration Fees:

This is a 4-day residential institute held at the Grafton Inn. Meals and the cost of single-room lodging at the Grafton Inn are included in the $900 registration fee. 
Commuter registration fee is $600. 
Graduate credit (3 credits) is available from Castleton State University for an additional $425. Limited scholarships are available. 

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Many thanks to the support and partnership of The Windham Foundation.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

1st Wednesday Book Discussions and Dinners

Confronting Social Inequalities

Join Flow of History for an after-school book discussion followed by an evening talk that further illuminates the topic. Choose from three different dates and locations. These workshops are aligned with First Wednesday programs sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and in collaboration with Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies.

Each session will include a reading and discussion component, as well as a short primary source inquiry. A light dinner will be provided, with the evening speakers invited to join workshop participants as available. See below for the list of dates and locations with the associated reading and evening presentation. Workshops run from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. and include dinner. The First Wednesday talks begin at 7 p.m.

Books will be mailed to participants upon registration.

November 6; St. Johnsbury, VT 

Teacher Workshop Time:
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (including dinner)

Workshop Location:
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street

Book: Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law. Learn how American cities became racially divided as federal, state and local governments systematically imposed policy-driven residential segregation.

First Wednesday Talk: "The Racially Fragmented City" with Richard Wright.  America’s growing diversity is changing its ethnic and racial demography for decades to come, with significant implications for human geography. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright discusses emerging patterns of diversity and segregation on national, state, and local levels.

December 4; Montpelier, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (including dinner)

Workshop Location: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Book: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy (YA edition)
"Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird. [It] demonstrates the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States."

First Wednesday Talk: "Policing and Community in Vermont" with Brandon del Pozo. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo explores issues of criminal justice, health, and safety in the Queen City, and how citizens and police can work together innovatively to create safer and healthier communities.

March 4: Norwich, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (including dinner)

Workshop Location: Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main Street

Book: Katherine Paterson, My Brigadista Year, the story of a Cuban teenager who volunteers for a national literacy campaign to teach others how to read.

First Wednesday Talk: "Read to Live" with Katherine Paterson. National Book Award winner Katherine Paterson speaks on the importance of literacy and developing a love for reading which was the inspiration for her latest novel My Brigadista Year.

Registration Fee:
$75 for single workshop (includes dinner and a copy of the book); First Wednesday talks are free


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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

C3 Historical Inquiry Course

Helping Students Construct Understanding: a C3 Inquiry Course

The Inquiry method teaches students how to ask and investigate important social studies questions. Those skills are necessary for students to develop the critical thinking skills that are the foundation for engaged citizenship.

This course will focus on the first two dimensions of the C3 framework: Asking Questions and Applying Disciplinary Concepts. We will provide ample opportunity for participants to try activities that encourage students in thinking routines that support historical questioning and analysis.

Primary sources will be drawn from the women's suffrage movement. Embedded in the day-long session will be opportunities for participants to develop their own inquiry or part of an inquiry on a topic of their choice that connects to their curriculum. The first after-school session will be a work-in-progress session. The second session will feature completed projects.

Dates and Times:
February 6: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
March 12: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main Street, Norwich, VT
Registration Fee: $350
1 graduate credit from Castleton University: $150

2019 Book Group

Jill Lepore looks at America through the lens of the promises America has made to itself, and whether we've kept them. 

This six-session book discussion program will explore the question that forms the heart of this book: Has America lived up to the ideals of the founders of this country? How do "these truths" measure up to the "course of events?" This book offers a great launching point for innovative thinking about how we teach history.

Each session will include related primary sources to connect to the U.S. history curriculum.

Session 1: The origins of the American Experiment
Session 2: The Constitution, Slavery, and Representative Government
Session 3: Who are "the People"?: Race, Gender, Citizenship, and Populism
Session 4: Modernization: Industrialism, a Communications Revolution, and an Unfinished Reckoning with Race
Session 5: "The Machine," the "Great Acceleration," and Postwar Anxieties
Session 6: Conservatism vs. Liberalism: How American Society Became Polarized Again

Location: Hartford Middle School, Hartford, Vermont
Dates and Times: Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
       October 24, November 21, December 12, January 23, February 13, March 26

Location: Randolph High School, Randolph, Vermont
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
       October 22, November 19, December 10, January 21, February 11, March 24

Registration Fee:  $350 -including book.
1 Graduate Credit through Castleton University: $150

Register Online Here

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2019 Summer Institute

History, Race, and Inclusive Education

June 25 - 28, 2019
Grafton, Vermont
Social Justice Graphic Organizer 

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. Historical sources will be drawn from:
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Vermont's African American Heritage Trail
  • Daisy Turner's Family History in Grafton, VT
  • Monuments and Memorials in our Communities
We will focus on numerous discussion protocols to support courageous conversations around challenging topics like race and diversity. All teaching levels are welcome, although it is most suited toward middle and high school curricula.

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 (Single room + $150). Commuter registration fee is $550. Graduate credit is available from Castleton State University.

Note: Due to contracts with the Inn and food vendors, there are no refunds after May 12.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Summer Field Study 2019

Reading and Writing about History with Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

July 9 - 12, 2019

"I feel as if I’ve been given the key to a locked box of town treasures. My town is so rich in history but I didn’t know how to locate and interpret the resources that are so readily available. I can’t wait to introduce them to my students."

Join Flow of History and author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock for four days of historical investigations and writer workshops that will help your students get excited about writing history and narratives.

We'll follow the C3 Framework as we investigate old maps, photographs, the census, paintings, and artifacts. Experience a one-room schoolhouse lesson in a one-room schoolhouse, learn old-fashioned games, and bring old photographs to life creatively.

See the full schedule at the Field Study website

This is a commuter program in Norwich, Vermont.
  • Registration Fee: $550
3 graduate credits are available from Castleton State University: $425

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Book Discussion and Workshop Series: Hartford and Chester

Media Literacy and the Role of the Press in a Digital Age

Throughout our history, we have valued the role of a free press as a vital component to a democratic society. At the same time, this has often created a challenge for government leaders who wish to shape political messages and opinion. In this 4-part workshop/discussion series we will explore the role of the press, the relationships between presidents and the press, and how we can support students to become more critical consumers of media.

Session 1: What Does Freedom of Speech Really Mean?
Workshop and discussion

Session 2: Evaluating Sources in a Post-Truth World
Workshop on Civic Online Reasoning, Identifying Point of View in the Media

Session 3: Book Discussion: Newsgathering in an Authoritarian State
Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship by Anjan Sundaram A firsthand look at the rise of dictatorship and the fall of free speech.  Book supplied by Flow of History

Session 4:  The President and the Press
Film Discussion, All the President's Men, and Primary Source Inquiry

Registration Fee: $200 (Bad News supplied by Flow of History)

Workshop Location: Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT
Dates: November 14, November 28, December 12, January 9
Times: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Workshop Location: Green Mountain Union High School, Chester, VT
Dates: November 13, November 27, December 11, January 8
Times: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Register Online Here