WHO: Are you a Social Studies or History teacher looking for professional development opportunities at the middle or high school level? Or a homeschool or Media Lab teacher? Or anyone looking for ways to teach research skills? This event is for you!
It is free and open to all teachers and sponsored by The Better Angels Society, a non-profit that supports the PBS history documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with the Library of Congress and National History Day.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT
WHAT: This professional development event for teachers offers an opportunity to flip the teacher/student paradigm. Six award-winning middle and high school student history documentary filmmakers make up the panel, which is moderated by Lynne O’Hara, Director of Programs at National History Day. *A certificate for professional development credit will be provided to all who register/participate.
The student panelists will share how they tackled the research process necessary to make their history documentary films and answer questions from an online audience of middle and high school teachers from all over the country. From the Library of Congress, George Thuronyi, Deputy Director of the U.S. Copyright Office Of Public Information and Education, will be on hand to present copyrights to the students for their films, and Lee Ann Potter, Director of Learning and Innovation will present information about how easy it is for students and teachers to use the Library of Congress’s vast digital archives.
HOW: Register here, and watch your inbox to receive a link to learn more, view the students’ award-winning films (each is 10 minutes long) and a link to join the one-hour event on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
WHY: The Better Angels Society, in partnership with the Library of Congress and National History Day, funds the Next Generation Angels Awards, which honors student history filmmakers. Committed to supporting teachers with great distance learning resources, this virtual event is all about how student history documentary filmmaking in the model of Ken Burns is a proven way to encourage middle and high school students to master digital technology, research skills, public speaking, and writing skills, and invest themselves in the joy and power of history.
We hope you’ll join us to celebrate these great students and learn from them, too!