Heinz History Center
Heinz History Center
Heinz History Center
Heinz History Center
Henz History Center
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Educator Opportunities

Educators' Network

Join our free Educators' Network and receive:

  • Regular eNewsletters that include lesson plans and instructional content
  • A 10% Museum Shop coupon
  • Opportunities to get involved in the development of educational sessions and resources

To register for the Educators' Network, please use the Teacher eNewsletter form at the bottom of this page.

Excellence in Practice: A Social Studies Teaching Conference

Sat., Feb. 28, 2015
Join us for a day of educator-empowered learning at the Heinz History Center. Local social studies educators will be invited to submit proposals to present their best practices for instruction and evaluation, or to share their content knowledge. Attendees will receive six (6) Act 48 credit hours and presenters will receive nine (9) Act 48 credit hours. This program includes lunch and a light breakfast. For more information, contact Lead Educator Kate Lukaszewicz at kalukaszewicz@heinzhistorycenter.org. Register here.

If you’d like to present at the Excellence in Practice conference, please complete this survey.

Professional Development Opportunities - Act 48

Join History Center educators, curators, and local experts for workshops and educational sessions designed to connect local educators with the museum’s exhibits. All workshops include a classroom resource guide with lesson plans and a boxed meal. Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members; George Washington’s Mount Vernon is free. Subscribe to the History Center’s Professional Development Series and save!
  • Pre-register and purchase six (6) to save 15% on the total
  • Pre-register and purchase five (5) to save10% on the total
  • Pre-register and purchase four (4) to save 5% on the total
For the member discount code, please contact Lead Educator Kate Lukaszewicz at 412-454-6314 or kalukaszewicz@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Regional Differences in Slavery: A Primary Source Approach

Location: Heinz History Center
Credits: Three (3) Act 48 Credit Hours
Date: Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015
Time: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Jan. 8, 2015 - here
Prepare for Black History Month by exploring regional differences in American enslavement. Examine primary source documents that illuminate the type of work that enslaved people performed, the conditions of their circumstances, and the impact of enslaved labor on regional and national economies. Encounter objects in our From Slavery to Freedom exhibition and learn how to integrate these sources into classroom lessons. See history brought to life in the historical character of Dr. Martin Delany and attend a tour of the exhibit.

Social Studies and STEM Integration
Location: Heinz History Center
Credits: Three (3) Act 48 Credit Hours
Date: Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015 (snow date on Feb. 19)
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Jan. 22, 2015 - here
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills and understanding do not have to be confined to science and math classrooms. Join us for an evening of standards-aligned STEM activities that can be integrated into social studies classroom. Stories of Pittsburgh innovation will connect the historical impact of these achievements with the scientific process and understanding that made them possible. Participate in hands-on activities and refine prototypes for the History Center’s new STEM education programs.

The Economy of 18th Century Western Pennsylvania

Location: Fort Pitt Museum
Credits: Three (3) Act 48 Credit Hours
Date: Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015
Time: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Feb. 12, 2015 - here
Learn about the fur trade and how Fort Pitt was the center of trade by touring the Fort Pitt Museum’s Fur Trader’s Cabin and by examining firsthand accounts from traders and suppliers. Participants will leave knowing how to use primary source documents in the classroom and with examples of activities that help explain Pittsburgh’s first economic system.

Preserving the Personal: Stories Scrapbooks Tell and How to Preserve Them
Location: Heinz History Center & Museum Conservation Center
Credits: Three (3) Act 48 Credit Hours
Date: Thurs., March 26, 2015
Time: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: March 12, 2015 - here
Join us for an evening of conservation science and historical inquiry as we dig into the value of scrapbooks. Work with our Museum Conservation Center staff to learn about conserving and preserving the photographs, paper, inks, and ephemera contained within scrapbooks. Learn from Leslie Przybylek, Curator of History, how historians reconstruct people’s lives through primary sources. Educators will also learn strategies for creating archival quality scrapbooks and integrating scrapbook activities into their instruction.

World War II: Life on the Homefront
Location: Heinz History Center
Credits: Three (3) Act 48 Credit Hours
Date: Thurs., Apr. 30, 2015
Time: 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Apr. 16, 2015 - here
Explore the region’s domestic contributions to the Allies’ victory in World War II. Take a curator tour of our exhibition We Can Do It!: WWII, discovering how Western Pennsylvanians lived, worked, and played as the war changed life in America. Participants will explore how this content can be transformed in the classroom through experiential learning exercises.

Forging Freedom: Pittsburgh’s Wartime Steel Industry
Location: Rivers of Steel Bost Building and Carrie Blast Furnace
Credits: Four (4) Act 48 Credit Hours
Date: Sat., May 16, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2015 - here
Join the History Center and Rivers of Steel as we examine steel’s impact on the region and in the world. At the Bost Building, former headquarters for the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers during the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892, participants will explore primary sources that expose the lives of the steelworkers and the perspectives of the steel corporations as Pittsburgh became a steel superpower during the Spanish-American War and both World Wars. Rivers of Steel staff will tour guests through the 1906 Carrie Blast Furnace, highlighting Homestead steel’s production and international impact.

Educator Open Houses

Senator John Heinz History Center
Date: Wed., Aug. 13, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
See what the History Center has in store for your classroom and students in the upcoming school year! Enjoy a curator-led exploration of the Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia exhibition, try out interactive tour content, experiment with new STEM programs, and receive a special discount for reserving an education program at the History Center. The event is free, but requires registration by Aug. 8. Space can be reserved here.

Fort Pitt Museum
Date: Wed., Sept. 17, 2014
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
This free open house event allows teachers to discover the Fort Pitt Museum’s interactive exhibits and life-like historical figures. Explore the story of Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh. No registration is required.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
Date: Sat., Sept. 13, 2014
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m. (Rockshelter); 12:30 – 4 p.m. (Historic Village)
Step back in time and experience the hands-on educational programs at Meadowcroft, where students can discover the prehistoric world of hunter-gatherers who camped at Meadowcroft Rockshelter 16,000 years ago. Enjoy an exclusive Insider Tour of the Rockshelter with James M. Adovasio, Ph.D., who achieved international acclaim with his archeological excavation of the Rockshelter in 1973. Dr. Adovasio will present a lecture and lead a special tour of the site. Educators can then explore the culture and lifestyle of the Eastern Woodland Indians or experience the sights and sounds of daily life in a 19th century rural community. The Insider Tour is available at the discounted rate of $15, and the Historic Village is open free to educators. Registration is required by August 31 and can be completed by calling Fran Skariot at 724-587-3412 or emailing frskariot@heinzhistorycenter.org.

We Can Do It!: WWII Preview
Senator John Heinz History Center
April 2015
Be one of the first to see the History Center’s newest exhibition, We Can Do It!:WWII, which will focus on how the people of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania fought World War II on the battlefield, in the factory, and on the home front. Discover new curriculum materials and education program opportunities designed to complement the exhibition and the study of the Second World War. The event is free, but requires registration. Your spot can be reserved here.

In Services and Educational Meetings

The History Center’s six floors of award-winning exhibits and Library & Archives provide a relaxed, informal learning environment for educational groups desiring a non-traditional setting for professional development gatherings and in-services. Teacher in-service programs at the History Center are an opportunity for teachers and administrators to experience our facility and resources. In-services can focus on a particular topic or developed to fit the needs of a specific content area or grade level. These are offered on a year-round, as requested basis. To learn how you can schedule an in-service at the History Center, please contact Group Tour Coordinator Maggie Satler at 412-454-6304 or masatler@heinzhistorycenter.org. Examples of content include:
  • Analyzing and Integrating Primary Sources
  • Creating Experiential Learning in the Classroom
  • Literary Arts Integration in Social Studies
  • Accessing and Integrating Digital Museum and Archives Resources
  • American History through the Lens of Regional History

Online Resources

Find engaging classroom and museum-based activity suggestions that support our education programs on the History Center’s growing online classroom.

Access themed Curriculum Packages that bring period maps, photographs, letters, and diaries into the classroom. These packages also include student reading materials and classroom lesson plans. Themes include:
  • Between Two Worlds: Western Pennsylvania’s Native American Indians, 1700-1820
  • Fast Lines: Transportation, 1800-1900
  • Steel Town: Life in a Western Pennsylvania Steel Mill Town, 1860-1945
  • Making a Home: Changes through Time, 1750-1990
  • From Slavery to Freedom

Free Preview Pass for Educators

Educators receive a free admission coupon when confirming a tour reservation, allowing you to plan ahead and make the most of your visit for students.

Teachers Advisory Council

Members of the Teachers Advisory Council (TAC) support the History Center’s school and teacher programs in many ways throughout the school year. TAC members review curriculum, advocate for programs, research, and assist with audience development. If you would like to find out more information or join this advisory group, please e-mail Mariruth Leftwich at maleftwich@heinzhistorycenter.org.

In-Services

Teacher in-service programs at the History Center are an opportunity for teachers and administrators to experience our facility and resources. In-services can focus on a particular topic or be developed to fit the needs of a specific content area or grade level. These are offered on a year-round, as-requested basis. To learn how you can schedule an in-service at the History Center, please e-mail Maggie Satler at masatler@heinzhistorycenter.org.

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