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Programs for 2012-2013
Choose events in one or more category. You receive for FREE re-licensure credits for any event you attend. For HQT or graduate credit eligibility, you must attend all events in a category and complete graduate level assignments. Graduate credits are available through Saint Michael’s College for $120 per credit hour.

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Scholar-led Seminars: (21 Turning Points hours for FREE / 1 graduate credit for $120)
Full-day programs devoted to the breadth of American history that involve scholarly lectures and collegial discussions. There is also an opportunity to work with educators who translate the themes of the day into classroom lessons.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday, February 8, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jacqueline B. Carr, PhD
University of Vermont
Author or After the Siege: A Social History of Boston, 1780-1800

Revolutionary War Era
The American Revolution: Changing Perspectives Over Time

Amy F. Morsman, PhD
Middlebury College
Author or The Big House After Slavery: Virginia Plantation Families and Their Postbelllum Domestic Experiment

Post Reconstruction
The Effects of Reconstruction on American Life

Jim Ralph, PhD
Middlebury College
Author or Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago, and the Civil Rights Movement

20th Century
The Civil Rights Revolution

8:00    Registration
8:30    Introduction
9:00    Lecture
10:00  Break
10:15  Session #1 (Discussion with scholar and museum workshops)
11:45  Lunch
12:30  Session #2
2:00    Break
2:15    Session #3
3:45    Wrap-up / Conclusions
4:00    Evaluations – Awarding of certificates


Educator-led Seminars: (21 Turning Points hours for FREE / no graduate credits available)
These all day events involve modeling innovative methods and technology for teaching American history.

- Thursday & Friday October 4 & 5, 2012: Places As Complex Texts — Place-based education within natural and built communities. Location: Champlain Mill, Winooski, Vermont.
- Friday, April 5, 2013: Ed Tech Teacher — Integrating technology into history instruction. Location: Turning Points' Office, Colchester, Vermont.

8:00    Registration begins
8:30    Introductions
8:45    Discussion of Concepts
10:45  Break
11:00  Modeling of Lessons Part I
12:30  Lunch
1:30    Modeling of Lessons Part II
3:15    Conclusions & Evaluations


Book Study Groups: (15 Turning Points hours for FREE / 1 graduate credits for $120)
Participants read, listen to audio books, and discuss historical scholarship and children’s literature on the Civil War Era. We will also read about and discuss how best to use audio books in your classroom. The texts cover various characters and critical issues of the period with a focus on varying contemporary perspectives. In addition to content knowledge, the course will also address best practices in facilitating classroom discussions and teaching the skills of reading for knowledge and understanding.

The course will meet Wednesdays- Sept 12, Oct 17, Nov 14, and Dec 12 at Turning Points’ office in Colchester.

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Primary Source Study Group: (30 Turning Points hours for FREE / 2 graduate credits for $240)
Facilitated by educators at the Shelburne Museum and the National Writing Project in Vermont, these study groups closely examine literature and primary sources from different eras in American history, including documents, landscapes, historical structures, art, and artifacts. Based on the primary sources for the day, you will also write using prompts that can easily be translated into a classroom activity for various age groups.

Early 20th Century Social Reform Movements
Meets Monthly on Tuesday's
Jan 15, 2013 - 12:30-4:30 (Colchester)
Feb 19, 2013 - 12:30-4:30 (Colchester)
Mar 19, 2013 - 12:30-4:30 (Colchester)
Apr 16, 2013 - 12:30-4:30 (Colchester)
May 7, 2013- 10:00-4:30 (Shelburne)

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National Field Study: (60 Turning Points hours for FREE / 3-6 graduate credits for $120 per credit)
The American Indian Rights Movement in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 9-16, 2013
We examine important geographical places in the history of the Dakota people, including Fort Snelling, Cold Springs, and Mankato. We learn about repression of Native American traditions, resistance, and resurrection of those traditions today. We hear from AIM leaders, attend a powwow at Prairie Island, and witness the living spirit of the movement today. Participants create resources suitable for classroom use.


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Local Field Studies: (21 Turning Points hours per era for FREE / 1 graduate credit available per 3-day field study for $120 per credit)
Join us for three-day workshops using innovative pedagogy and local museums, archives, and other historical resources to build curriculum around three eras in American history.

Civil Rights in a Constitutional Democracy
June 25-27, 2013 - 8:30am-4:30pm
Vermont Bar Association, Secretary of State’s Office, Friends of the Vermont State House,
Vermont State Archives, and Vermont Historical Society

Social Reform Movements in Vermont
July 23 - 25, 2013 - 8:30am-4:30pm
Abenaki Tribal Museum, Winooski Mill Museum, Winooski Historical Society,
Vermont Granite Museum, and Bread and Puppet Museum

Early American History
August 6-8, 2013 - 8:30am-4:30pm
Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Adirondack History Center Museum,
1812 Farmstead Farm and Museum, and Henry Sheldon Museum

Daily Schedule:
9:00    Introductions
9:15    Museum #1
11:45  Lunch
1:00    Museum #2
3:30    Conclusion & Evaluations