Teacher Workshops

A primary goal of the ALPLM Education Department is to help teachers teach. To that end, teacher workshops are an important component of Education Department programming. Workshops are designed for educators in most subjects and in all grade levels unless otherwise indicated. Under our "Teaching Teachers" initiative, the ALPLM is committed to providing educators with strong content-based programs on topics such as Lincoln, the Civil War, African-American History and Illinois History to name a few. These intense "history lessons" will assist educators in developing a solid background on unfamiliar topics or in mastering a discipline they already know and love. In addition, the Education Department's hands-on classroom application programs will provide ideas and methods for teaching historical content across the curriculum using digital resources, primary documents and material culture.

Upcoming Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Lincoln Speaks: Words that Transformed a Nation

Workshop Dates: June 23-29, 2019

Application Dates: Through February 19, 2019


This workshop is presented in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

This seminar, in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will allow participants to explore Lincoln’s life and writings in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, where they will read and discuss his speeches and letters amid the physical context in which he grew from a twenty-two-year-old “strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy” (as he later described himself) to a historic statesman. During his thirty years in Illinois (1831–1861), Lincoln practiced law (we will visit his office), served in the state legislature (we will visit the Old State Capitol where he participated in debates, plotted political strategy, served on committees, and delivered some of his most memorable antislavery speeches, including the 1858 House Divided address), married and raised his family (we will visit the only home he ever owned, in its restored nineteenth-century neighborhood), and where he lies buried (we will visit his tomb). In addition, we will take a field trip to the reconstructed village of New Salem (in effect his alma mater), where he spent the formative years from age twenty-two to twenty-eight. We will also visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, a modern interactive facility that traces his life’s trajectory from backwoods Kentucky to Ford’s Theatre. The seminar will focus on Lincoln’s intellectual, moral, psychological, and political evolution. Readings will come from his own works as well as those of leading biographers. The central themes will be the nature of his statesmanship, the origins of his political thought, the forces that shaped his personality and character, and his relevance for the twenty-first century.


Teacher In-Services

If you can’t come to us, we can come to you! We will work with district personnel, other partners, and evaluators to assess needs and develop workshops at the ALPLM or at your school. Contact Genevieve Kaplan at Genevieve.Kaplan@illinois.gov or phone 217-558-8935 for more information.