Wednesday, August 7, 2019

C3 Historical Inquiry Course


This course will provide a hands-on overview of the C3 framework. Approaches to each of the four C3 dimensions will be presented through the lens of women's suffrage.

After the day-long inquiry, participants will be asked to develop an inquiry or part of an inquiry 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:
January 30: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Feb 27, March 12: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Windsor Welcome Center, Windsor, VT

Registration Fee: $400
1 graduate credits 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.

Dates and Times: Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
       October 24, November 21, December 12, January 23, February 13, March 26
Location: Hartford Middle School, Hartford, Vermont
Registration Fee:  $400 -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

Register Now

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

New Media Literacy Course

Preparing our Students to be Informed Citizens: 
Making Sense of the News Today

Join Flow of History for after-school workshops on improving your students’ media literacy and understanding of civic responsibility, 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 on the theme “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” and sponsored by the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies. Each  workshop will include a reading and discussion component, as well as a hands-on classroom activity about civic online reasoning. 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. Graduate credit (1) will be available from Castleton University for those who also attend the Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies conference on December 7 at The Equinox in Manchester, Vermont, where the keynote program will also address the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” theme and feature national journalist and Vermont native Garrett Graff.

Books will be mailed to participants after you register. Please bring a computer or tablet to the workshop for the civic online reasoning activity.

November 7:  Montpelier, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 4:00 - 6:30
Workshop Location: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street
Book: Nadine Strossen, Hate: Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship, a cogent argument that serves as an excellent primer on the First Amendment.
First Wednesday Talk: News, “Fake News,” and Democracy in America, Former Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mark Potok
First Wednesday Location: Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m.

December 5:  Rutland, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 4:00 - 6:30
Workshop Location: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street
Book: David Sanger, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age, the story of America's move to using cyber as a key part of its arsenal in the broader context of its impact on both defense strategy and civil liberties.
First Wednesday Talk: Objectivity in the Fake News Era, Jane Lindholm, host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition”
First Wednesday Location: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland, 7:00 p.m.

February 6:  St. Johnsbury, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 4:00 - 6:30
Workshop Location: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St. [to be confirmed]
Book: Anjan Sundaram, Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship, a firsthand account of press repression in contemporary Rwanda.
First Wednesday Talk: The News about the News, David Shribman (executive editor at the Pittsburg Post-Gazette and Cynthia Skrzycki (journalist and professor of English at the  University of Pittsburg.
First Wednesday Location: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, 7:00 p.m.

Registration Fee:
$20 for single workshop (First Wednesday talks are free)
$330 for workshop with graduate credit (including registration for the VASS conference)

Register online here

This program is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, Thank you!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Underground Railroad Field Study at Rokeby Museum

Free and Safe

Join us for a day-long workshop on the Underground Railroad at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.

Date: April 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $75 (includes lunch)

During this field study, we will learn about the experiences of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter in Ferrisburgh in the 1830s. We will trace their stories from slavery to freedom, learn about the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home, and explore the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War. Teachers will leave with primary sources to use in the classroom.

In the afternoon we will have a round-table discussion about the experiences of people of color in Vermont today and consider how the history at Rokeby can be used to spark discussions about the Black Lives Matter movement and other contemporary issues.

REGISTER HERE by February 15
Once we know who is registered, we will help with carpooling.