Act 48

Join museum educators, curators, and local experts for workshops and educational sessions designed to connect educators with the museum’s exhibits. All workshops include resources to take back to the classroom and a boxed meal.

Pre-registration: Required at least 10 days in advance of the program. Reserve space at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/teachers.
Credits: Three (3) Act 48 Credit Hours available to educators who add them to their registration fee.
Discount Code: For the History Center member discount code, please contact School and Teacher Programs Coordinator Amanda McAllen at 412-454-6314 or aemcallen@heinzhistorycenter.org.

First Peoples: Bringing the Meadowcroft Rockshelter into the Classroom

Location: Heinz History Center
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members to attend. Additional $3 fee applies to receive Act 48 hours.
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The world-renowned Meadowcroft Rockshelter is now at your fingertips! Join educators from the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village in a demonstration of the new online resources available to teachers through the First Peoples online curriculum materials. Participants will get up close and personal with the high-resolution GigaPan images of the archaeological site, embedded with multimedia content to provide the primary resource material for interactive learning experiences. These images can be used to create interdisciplinary lessons, activities, and discussions geared toward bringing this National Historic Landmark to life for students.

Audience: Suitable for all educators.

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Problematizing the Past: Complex Histories and Museum Collections

Location: Heinz History Center
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members to attend. Additional $3 fee applies to receive Act 48 hours.
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Too often history is presented as a series of linear events, with limited scope for considering the multifaceted contexts and impact of historical decisions. Explore how social studies teachers can use archives and museum collections to disrupt traditional narratives and encourage students to delve further into the problematic past. Heinz History Center educators will share strategies used to complexify the past using museum and archival collections, ranging from deliberative decision making, to reframing events by examining the past as a series of choices and expanding the perspectives included in history.

Audience: Suitable for middle and high school social studies teachers.

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National Stories through Local Experiences: Pittsburgh During Prohibition

Location: Heinz History Center
Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members to attend. Additional $3 fee applies to receive Act 48 hours.
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Using a local story to delve into a national historic event or era can be a relevant and exciting hook for students. Join the History Center’s education team as we use Prohibition as an example of how local evidence can illuminate a national event, and learn how to access a range of local primary sources to look for Western Pennsylvania connections to national stories. Teachers will tour American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, an exhibit created by the National Constitution Center that covers the dawn of the temperance movement to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, and includes more than 100 rare artifacts including flapper dresses, temperance propaganda, and original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st Amendments. Includes resources developed by the National Constitution Center and Heinz History Center educators.

Audience: Suitable for all educators.

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Fortifying the Forks of the Ohio

Location: Heinz History Center
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members to attend. Additional $3 fee applies to receive Act 48 hours.
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As the French, British, and American Indians fought to control this region, local terrain made for difficult and dangerous travel by road, and rivers were strategically essential to securing control over the lands west of the Allegheny Mountains. Join educators from the Fort Pitt Museum to explore the context of this region as Europeans began to claim territories, the background of the importance of the French & Indian War, and the technologies available to Europeans as they began to take control of the area through fortification. Educators will leave with examples of hands-on activities to engage students in a deeper understanding of the French & Indian War in Western Pennsylvania and a flash drive full of additional resources to use back in the classroom.

Audience: Suitable for all educators.

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Contemporary Media Literacy through History

Location: Heinz History Center
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members to attend. Additional $3 fee applies to receive Act 48 hours.
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Join Heinz History Center educators to explore the increasingly important skills of media literacy, using historic and contemporary examples relating to immigration, labor history, and national events such as World War II to delve deeply into the messages that were and continue to be communicated to us. Using primary sources from the Detre Library & Archives and local newspaper archives, teachers will closely examine media messages while learning techniques for integrating media literacy into a range of social studies lessons. Includes graphic organizers and other resources to take back to the classroom.

Audience: Suitable for middle school and high school educators.

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