Coming July 18: Our Inaugural Social Studies Ed Workshop

Next Friday morning, July 18, our department will welcome several alumni back to campus for what we hope is the first in an annual series of summer workshops on social studies education. From our faculty, Amy Poppinga (herself a former social studies teacher), AnneMarie Kooistra, and Chris Gehrz will share presentations on what’s happening in their fields. We’ll have a conversation about the challenges facing social studies educators this far into the 21st century, then close with lunch over at Prof. Sam Mulberry’s house near campus.

The workshop starts at 9am in HC 113 — one of Bethel’s new active learning classrooms — and is open to all of our alumni and students who are working in social studies education (or perhaps considering a move into that field). There’s no cost, but we do ask participants to register:

We’ve already had a good preliminary response, with alumni representing four of the last five decades and a wide range of public, charter, and private middle and high schools in the Twin Cities and beyond. But if you’re just hearing about the workshop now and are interested in attending, you can register as late as noon this Wednesday.

So if you’re interested in sharing ideas about teaching social studies, getting a refresher on what’s happening in the discipline of history, making plans for how this can become an annual occurrence, or just reconnecting with friends and professors, register now or e-mail Prof. Gehrz with any questions.

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