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Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Immigrant New York Walking Tour

Location: Lower East Side, New York City

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2006
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Stratford teachers are invited to attend a Tenement Museum tour will be of the Confino Apartment. The "living history" apartment takes visitors back to 1916 to meet Victoria Confino, a Sephardic-Jewish immigrant from Turkey. We will then take a walking tour through Chinatown, Little Italy, the Jewish East Side, as well as the former Little Ireland, Germany, and Africa districts in the Lower East Side. We will be departing by coach bus from the commuter lot, Rt. 15 @ Rt. 110, Main Street & Ryders Lane.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Location: Hyde Park, New York

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2006
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Stratford teachers are invited to attend an Educator's Workshop at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, followed by a tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt home. We will be departing by coach bus from the commuter lot, Rt. 15 @ Rt. 110, Main Street & Ryders Lane.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


America in World War II
Bruce Kalk

Location: Birdseye Complex

Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2006
3:00 to 6:00 PM

Bruce Kalk, Professor of History and former Department Chair at Southern Connecticut State University, will speak on the key events of World War II. Joining Professor Kalk will be the Stratford School District's own Gerry Mucci, who will be speaking about his uncle, Colonel Henry Mucci, the subject of the recent movie The Great Raid.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


The Value of Names
Square One Theatre

Location: Stratford Theatre

Date: February 16, 2006
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend a special production of the Square One Theatre Company. The theatre will be producing "The Value of Names" by Jeffrey Sweet. It's a drama about the effects of the Hollywood blacklist on a celebrated comic and his actress daughter.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement
Jonathan Holloway

Location: Birdseye Center

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2006
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our January History Forum: "The 20th Century Civil Rights Movement." Our guest will be Professor Jonathan Holloway. Dr. Hollaway is a professor of History, American Studies, and African American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 and the editor of Ralph Bunche's A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership. He is also the co-editor of an anthology of social science literature about race, Black Scholars on the Line: Social Science Literatures and Race in the 20th Century. He is presently working on his next monograph, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory, Identity, and Politics in Black America, 1941-2000.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


America's Wars in Vietnam and Cambodia
Professor Benedict Kiernan

Location: Birdseye Center

Date: January 23, 2006
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our January History Forum: "America's Wars in Vietnam and Cambodia." This forum will consider importance of the Vietnam War in American history, and how it might be integrated into our classroom teaching to provide a better understanding of the past. Our guest will be Benedict Kiernan. Dr. Kiernan is a professor of History and International and Area Studies at Yale University and director of the Genocide Studies Program. He obtained his Ph.D. from Monash University, Australia, and is the author of How Pol Pot Came to Power: Colonialism, Nationalism, and Communism in Cambodia, 1930-1975 and The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power and Genocide in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979. He is a member of the editorial boards of Critical Asian Studies, Human Rights Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and the Journal of Genocide Research

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Music and American History
Steven Armstrong

Location: Birdseye Complex

Date: November 30, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our March History Forum: "Music and American History." This forum will consider importance of music in American history, and how it might be integrated into our classroom teaching to provide a better understanding of the past. Our guest will be Stephen Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong is a social studies teacher and the social studies department chairperson at Manchester High School in Manchester, Connecticut and an adjunct professor of history at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for the Social Studies and is the author of 5 Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
Professor Carol Berkin

Location: Birdseye Complex

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our October History Forum. Our guest is Carol Berkin, Professor of History at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. Professor Berkin received her A.B. degree from Barnard College and her M.A. and PHD from Columbia University. Her first book, Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of An American Loyalist, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of Women of America: A History (edited with Mary Beth Norton); Women, War and Revolution (edited with Clara M. Lovett) First Generations: Women in Colonial America, and Women's Voices/Women's Lives: Documents in Early American History, and most recently, A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, and Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence. In addition, she has appeared in several television documentary series, including the PBS programs, "Liberty! The American Revolution," “Benjamin Franklin”, “New York”, and “The Scottsboro Boys,” and the History Channel’s "History of Sex," "The Founding Fathers", and “Founding Brothers.”

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


The Civil Rights Movement: A Personal Journey
Alex Tureaud

Location: Stratford High School Library

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our February History Forum: “The Civil Rights Movement: A Personal Journey.” The forum will be held in the Lovell Room at the Stratford Public Library, Tuesday, February 1, 2005. Our guest is Alex Tureaud. Alex’s father, A.P. Tureaud, was one of the first black lawyers in Louisiana, and worked on a number of cases leading up to Brown vs Board of Education. Alex himself was involved in a court case with Louisiana State University, which would allow him to be the first African American to attend the University. Alex has worked with school systems to help develop curriculum on the subject of Civil Rights and Human Rights. For 26 years Alex was the Director of Special Education in the White Plains school system. Mr. Tureaud’s lecture will include a showing of excerpts from a documentary film about his father, entitled Journey for Justice The A.P. Tureaud Story, as well as time for group discussion. A light dinner will follow this event.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Summer Institute, 2005
Teaching Colonial and Revolutionary-Era American History

Location: Luce Hall, Yale University

Date: August 1 to August 5, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our 2005 Summer Institute, "Teaching Colonial and Revolutionary-Era American History," to be held at Yale University. Our guests will include Professor John Demos, Professor Jennifer Baszile, Professor Jill Lepore, and Professor Carol Berkin. We will also be visiting the Pequot Museum.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


The Story of American Freedom: A Town Hall Lecture and Discussion
Professor Eric Foner

Location: Stratford Town Hall

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our May History Forum. Our guest, Dr. Eric Foner, is a DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and is one of this country's most prominent historians. During the 1990s, he served as president of both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association. He was the on-camera historian for "Freedom: A History of Us," on PBS in 2003.

Professor Foner's publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations. His best-known books are: Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War, Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy, Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (winner of the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, and Los Angeles Times Book Award), The Story of American Freedom (1998); and Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (2002). His survey textbook of American history, Give Me Liberty! An American History, was published in 2004.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Teaching Historical Literature
Professor Jane M. Gangi

Location: Birdseye Complex

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our April History Forum: "Teaching Historical Literature." Our guest, Jane M. Gangi, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Sacred Heart University, where she teaches courses in young adult and children's literature and in foundations. Her book, Encountering Children's Literature: An Arts Approach, integrates the arts and literature and fosters the active participation and in-depth understanding that is important for teachers as it is for students. Dr. Gangi is the author of over a dozen articles and has received several awards for outstanding teaching.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Immigrant Voices in American Literature
Professor Paul Lauter

Location: Birdseye Complex

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our March History Forum: "Immigrant Voices in American Literature: A Lecture and Discussion." Our guest, Paul Lauter, is Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College (Hartford) and chair of the English department. He teaches American literature, specializing in the early 19th century and in contemporary multicultural writing. His most recent book, From Walden Pond to Jurassic Park: The Cultural Work of American Studies traces the development of American Studies as a discipline and a form of cultural and political discourse in the United States and overseas. He is the general editor of the Heath Anthology of American Literature, now in it's fifth printing. Other recent projects include a co-edited collection called Literature, Class, and Culture, and a volume of Thoreau's writings for the New Riverside Series. Dr. Lauter was the 2001 recipient of the annual Jay Hubbell medal for lifetime achievement in American Literary Study awarded by the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association. His lecture will be followed by an hour-long workshop and discussion section on teaching this topic in the public schools.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Teaching the Great Depression and New Deal
Professor Alan Brinkley

Location: Stratford Public Library

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2005
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our February History Forum. Our guest is Columbia University Provost and Allan Nevins Professor of History Alan Brinkley. Professor Brinkley Brinkley has been a prolific writer and published numerous works, including, Voices of Protest: Huey Long; Father Coughlin and the Great Depression, which won the 1983 National Book Award; The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People; The End of Reform; New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War, and Liberalism and its Discontents. He is presently writing a biography of Henry R. Luce. Professor Brinkley's lecture will be followed by an hour-long workshop and discussion section on teaching this topic in the public schools.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Teaching Women's History in the United States
Professor Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University

Location: Birdseye Complex

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2004
3:00 to 6:00 PM

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend
Labor History in the United States
Priscilla Murulo

Location: Stratford Public Library

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2004
3:00 to 6:00 PM

The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our November History Forum. Our guest, Professor Priscilla Murolo, teaches American history and directs the M.A. program in women’s history at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the co-author (with A.B. Chitty) of From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States and the author of The Common Ground of Womanhood. Dr. Murolo’s lecture will be followed by an hour-long workshop and discussion section on teaching this topic in the public schools.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Teaching Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic:
Lecture and Lessons
Prof. Ruth Glasser, University of Connecticut, Waterbury

Location: Stratford Public Library

Date: Thursday, October 28, 2004
3:00 to 6:00 PM
The Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline program invites all interested teachers to attend our September History Forum: "Teaching Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic: Lecture and Lessons." The forum will be held in the Lovell Room at the Stratford Public Library, Thursday, October 28, 2004. Our guest, Ruth Glasser, teaches in the Urban and Community Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Glasser has worked as a public historian on curriculum materials, videos, exhibits, and oral history projects. Her publications include My Music is My Flag: Puerto Rican Musicians and the New York Communities, 1917-1914 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995); and Aquí Me Quedo: Puerto Ricans in Connecticut (Connecticut Humanities Council, 1997). She is also co-editor of the forthcoming Caribbean Connections: Dominican Republic (Washington, D.C.: Teaching for Change). Dr. Glasser’s lecture will be followed by an hour-long workshop and discussion section on teaching this topic in the public schools.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Slavery and the Making of America:
Building Teaching Resources for Public Television

Location: Stratford Public Library

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
3:00 to 6:00 PM
Our guest at our September History Forum is Ellen Lenihan, Content Producer for Channel Thirteen's Educational Technologies Department. Ellen Lenihan is working with the Stratford School District on the development of online educational resources for a forthcoming, four-part documentary history series, Slavery and the Making of America. In addition to discussing plans for the documentary, which will air in February, 2005, Ellen will screen a previous Channel Thirteen documentary, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, and discuss it's classroom application.

One project that Channel Thirteen would like to work on with Stratford Teachers and students involves the creation of student-curated "virtual exhibits" of historic images of slavery. To facilitate that project we will be screening a slide show of images from Yale University Professor David W. Blight's forthcoming book, Passages to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in History and Memory.


Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us

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Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies Forum

Location: Shelton Ramada Plaza Conference Center

Date: August 2nd and 3rd
A two-day forum on Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies, which took place at the Shelton Ramada Plaza conference center, was the first in a series of events that will be devoted to the professional development and project design initiatives that began at the Yale Summer Institute. On August 2nd and 3rd forty-three secondary teachers collaborated with one another and with leader Ruth Sernak, a specialist in research-based instructional techniques who works with the internationally-known firm of Fran Prolman, Associates. Mrs. Sernak’s mission in Stratford is to provide teachers with strategies and approaches that will be successful in teaching the American history content of our forums and institutes in the classroom.

Contact Person: Alice Daniels
203.385.4290   •  email: ADaniels84@aol.com

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Summer Institute
Slavery and the American Abolition Movement

Location: Luck Hall, Yale Universisty

Date: July 26 — July 30
Our 2004 Summer Institute was held at Yale University during the last week of July. The institute was organized in cooperation with Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us

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Summer Research
Stratford Historical Society Documents Project

Location: Stratford Historical Society

Date: Summer 2004
Over the Summer teachers conducted research at the Stratford Historical Society to locate and organize primary documents for use in classroom teaching. A preliminary meeting for interested teachers was held at the Stratford Historical Society in May, and teachers were introduced to Society staff members and to the facilities. Teachers conducted independent, self-directed research work throughout the summer.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us


Curriculum Planning:
Multimedia Workshop

Location: Flood Middle School Library; Stratford High School Library

Date: June, 2004
During the last two weeks of June over fifteen teachers worked with project leaders and Stratford School District librarians and media specialists to develop curriculum projects utilizing new technologies. This workshop was developed to assist teachers in meeting new enriched technology benchmarks called for in district and statewide Social Studies standards.

Contact Person: Liz Crosby
203.385.4290   •  email: crosbyl@stratford.k12.ct.us



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