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“Let me tell you what I wish I'd known

When I was young and dreamed of glory

You have no control:

Who lives

Who dies

Who tells your story?”

--”Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”, Hamilton

Every student has a voice and a story. Is it true that they have no control over how their stories are told, or can we provide resources to help them direct their own narratives? In this three part series educators will have the opportunity to explore tools, devices, and unique practices which encourage students to not only critically consider how history is defined, but also how to ensure their own stories are accurately documented and their point of view is conveyed.


Cultivating Inclusive Spaces for Empathy Inquiry

April 10 @7PM

Brene Brown says, “Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” And while the concept is clearly conveyed, teaching empathy, as it applies to understanding history especially, is not quite as clear cut or simple.

Teachers, we hope you’ll join us for  the first of our three part series specifically for Social Studies educators, “Who Tells Your Story.” Through this exciting ‘live learning’ event, we’ll discuss how to cultivate inclusive spaces within your classroom so students can build a foundation for learning and inquiry that allows them to empathize with, and better understand, different perspectives.

PBS Digital Innovator All Stars Shelly Stanton and Paige Somoza will highlight exciting resources and models that you can immediately implement in your middle/high school classrooms.

PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event. If you are unable to attend live make sure you still register, we will send the recording and all resources.

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Locating and Navigating Credible Primary Sources to Analyze Perspective

April 17 @7PM

Each person has their own perspective and there is always a reason why.  For example, quickly answer this question in your head: “The best show on television is_______because_________________________.”

Whether you came to your answer quickly or it took you a few minutes you were likely able to identify a show, and you also probably have great reasons to backup your assertion. The better question is:  why might your answer be more valid than the person sitting next to you? How about the person sitting next to them?

As our students form their own opinions and beliefs, and think about their views in both contemporary and historical context, what tools and strategies are they using to locate and navigate credible sources? How are they effectively analyzing perspective?

Join us for the second episode of our series designed especially for Social Studies teachers, “Who Tells Your Story.” PBS Digital Innovator All Stars David Olson will highlight exciting resources and models that you can immediately implement in your middle/high school classrooms.

PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event. If you are unable to attend live make sure you still register, we will send the recording and all resources!

Download certificate of attendance here


Strategies to Elevate Student Voice

April 24 @7PM

So far in this series, we have explored foundations that help students think about history, perspective, and credibility. In this episode, we’ll explore tools to help students craft and communicate their own stories. Are they sharing their stories in ways that build empathy, and convey authenticity?

In our role as educators, what can we do to help elevate our students’ voices? In the final episode of our series, “Who Tells Your Story,” PBS ALL Star will be joined by student reporters from PBS News Hour’s  Student Reporting Labs. This is definitely a conversation you won’t want to miss.

PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event. If you are unable to attend live make sure you still register, we will send the recording and all resources!

Download certificate of attendance here

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