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Educator Programs

Powerful Content. Engaging Instructional Strategies.

Our professional development programs provide rich and unique experiences with history. Connect with the Museum’s exhibitions and resources. Engage with staff and experts.

We are monitoring the COVID situation, and if a program format changes, you will be notified no later than one week in advance with updated details. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures.

Virtual Teacher Book Club

Saturdays, January 21 & February 25, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. with online engagement in between sessions
$50; includes a copy of the book

Join our book club designed just for educators! This year, we’re reading Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City by Carl Smith. Though the book was not written expressly for teen readers, Smith’s writing style makes it approachable for middle and high school students and provides a wealth of content knowledge about not just the city before and after the fire, but also the lives of the people who called Chicago home and the inequities of recovery.

During the second session, author Carl Smith, the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northwestern University, joins us to share about the Great Chicago Fire, talk about his research, and answer any burning questions you might have.

Online engagement fosters rich discussions, practical resources, and instructional strategies to teach the social history of the Great Chicago Fire. We’ll also share some of our favorite children’s and young adult books about the Great Chicago Fire and crowdsource your favorites!

21 PD hours; must attend both sessions and participate in online discussions.

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