SDE: Professional Learning Spotlight

Professional Learning Spotlight

Introduction: As a classroom educator it is important to find professional learning experiences that expand content knowledge and engage educators in the meaningful development of best practice techniques.  This spotlight will highlight resources available to classroom educators across the state that provide access to rich content knowledge and/or support educators in their daily interaction with students.

Focus: Teaching Literacy with History
Content Area: Secondary Social Studies & English
Organization: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Requirements: Must create a free account to access materials.

Classroom Resources: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History website provides educators with a multitude of vetted primary and secondary resources that teachers can use to support and enrich their instruction.  Gilder Lehrmanís collection of source material is both searchable and indexed by era and includes over 60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, books, newspapers and photographs. Most of the primary source material includes discussion questions created by educators.

School Resources: Gilder Lehrman offers traveling museum exhibits. The paneled, free-standing exhibitions allow teachers and students to interact with full-size and enlarged historical documents and artifacts.  Ranging in topic from the Founding Era to the Freedom Riders, each exhibit brings the museum experience right to a school.  Exhibits travel the country and are loaned to the requesting school for four to six week intervals.

Professional Learning Opportunities: The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a Fellowship Program, Saturday Academies and their renowned Summer Teacher Seminars.  The Summer Teacher Seminars are provided at no-cost to the attendee, are held at prestigious universities and historical sites across the country and focus on deep content-specific instruction.  At each seminar, teachers apply new information in a collegial and collaborative environment, using primary and secondary source materials to build and share lessons plans that they will implement with their students.

Any teacher can apply for the Summer Teacher Seminars or make their school a Gilder Lehrman affiliated school (no cost) by completing a simple application process found at: 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kimberly Audet
Associate Education Consultant
Educator Effectiveness & Professional Learning
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 713-6829

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