Educator Professional Development Workshops

In early 2023, Levine Museum of the New South is offering literacy and standards-based professional development workshops on cohesive topics designed to increase student engagement, develop critical thinking skills, and center students in the classroom.

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Each workshop will:

  • Provide a clear rationale for why these instructional approaches are a worthwhile investment of educator and student time.

  • Model strategies and best practices for instructional approaches.

  • Give a sneak peek of Levine Museum’s new NC/US History Case Studies project.

  • Offer takeaways that educators can immediately implement in their classrooms.

Educators of all grade levels are welcome to attend; workshops are designed to target specific groups, including middle and high school Social Studies and ELA teachers, Curriculum Facilitators, Multi-Classroom Leaders, and Department Chairs.

All workshops are created and facilitated by educators on Levine Museum's Educator Advisory Group. Workshops are in-person experiences designed to model a classroom with a max of 30 participants per session. Each free workshop is 4 hours and includes lunch. Participants will receive certificates so they can request professional development credit for their participation.


Facilitating Classroom Discussions
January 26 and February 16

Stephanie Griffin, MS Academic Dean & Social Studies Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School
Kathleen McMillan, Social Studies Teacher, Community School of Davidson

Engaging civil classroom discussions, especially in an increasingly polarized nation and world, has become a critical skill for teachers and students alike. In this workshop, participants will learn how to curate and design relevant discussion goals, prompts, and resources as tools to support student thinking and standards-based instruction. Additionally, participants will examine best practices to facilitate classroom discussions and leave the workshop understanding ways to analyze and formatively assess student learning during discussions. With these tools and strategies, participants will be able to cultivate classroom communities rich with meaningful discussion and civil discourse.


Inquiry? Creating Opportunities for Student Questioning in the Classroom
February 1 and March 9

Ben Runkel, Social Studies Teacher, Jay M. Robinson Middle School
Katie Willett, IB MYP and DP Coordinator, Myers Park High School
Yvonne Wolf, Social Studies Teacher, James Martin Middle School

We’ve all heard that our lessons should be based on “inquiry” - but what exactly does that mean? Educators who participate in the Inquiry Workshop will explore the different levels of inquiry, how the strategy is relevant to a K-12 classroom, and tools and resources to develop their own lessons designed around student questioning. Participants will have time to collaborate and create standards-aligned inquiry resources to use in their classroom.


Teaching with Primary Sources
February 7 and February 28

Martha Gwinn, Former Social Studies Teacher, CMS and Gaston County Schools
Amanda Styles, Social Studies Teacher, Piedmont Open IB Middle School
Kiara Eden, Social Studies Teacher, Ridge Road Middle School

Are you tired of annotating and DBQ booklets? Do you want to turn your classroom into an investigative environment that is accessible to all students? Look no further! In this session, participants will explore the meaning of 'text' and its link to primary sources. Educators will learn about several engaging new tools and strategies to add to their teacher toolbox that we have used in our own classroom. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on recreating an old lesson with one of their new tools, as well as reflect on their professional experience with primary sources thus far. Accessible for the digital native or the digital novice, we believe there is something here for everyone.

Let's Get Started!

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Please contact Lindsay Fairbrother-Henige at with questions.