Professional Learning

Learning is a lifelong journey – let us join you.

You strive to be an educator who inspires students. But who and what inspire you? The Kentucky Historical Society offers a variety of workshops, field study trips, the annual Kentucky History Education Conference, and more for K-12 teachers.

These educator professional learning opportunities strive to make history education accessible and relevant by combining our vast historical collections with inquiry-based, participatory learning strategies to help make your students active and informed citizens.

We also put you in touch with a network of other teachers, public history professionals and volunteers focused on increasing content knowledge, sharpening skills, sparking creativity and positively impacting students’ – and all Kentuckians’ – experiences with history.

Picturing the Past: A Visual Thinking Strategies Workshop
Special Workshop | Feb. 19, 2018 | 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at KHS

For Pre-K through 8th-grade teachers
Learn how to engage your students when analyzing photographs, maps, symbols and other visual documents. You ask questions that draw them into the images. They provide answers to help you facilitate problem-solving and deeper learning.
$20. Registration due by Feb. 12, 2018.
Register here.

Educator Workshops

The Kentucky Historical Society can provide affordable and quality professional development to schools and districts across the state for K-12 teachers. A keystone of our approach is making history education accessible and relevant by combining our vast historical collections with inquiry-based, participatory learning that creates active and informed citizens.

We have designed our Educator Workshops to help you make your history lessons more engaging for students, to bring about deeper understanding and the development of skills that will benefit them in other areas of their lives. Each one ends with a hands-on activity to help you pull together what you have learned.

To schedule an Educator Workshop, or for more information on anything listed on this page, send an email to Claire E. Gwaltney, teacher programs manager, or call 502-564-1792, Ext. 4444.

Bring these Educator Workshops to your school.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask how we can customize a workshop to fit your needs!

  • Educating and Engaging in Kentucky’s Past: An Overview of KHS Resources and Programming
    The Kentucky Historical Society offers many resources and programs for educators and students. This free workshop introduces you to:

    • The KHS use of inquiry skills and education philosophy
    • National History Day in Kentucky, History smArts, Field Trips, Kentucky Junior Historical Society and other programs
    • KHS online collections and how to use them in the classroom

Activity: Object analysis with historic artifacts
Target Audience: K-12 grade educators and administrators

  • Using Visual Thinking Strategies in the Classroom
    Learn how KHS uses visual thinking strategies (VTS) to teach an art-infused history lesson that improves students’ visual literacy, historical literacy and critical thinking skills. We cover:

    • What VTS is and how KHS uses it is in the History smArts program
    • Helpful tips for implementing VTS in your classroom

Activity: Image analysis using VTS and hands-on activity to deepen learning
Target Audience: Pre-K-8 grade educators

  • National History Day: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning Experience
    National History Day turns students into researchers and presenters. Learn how you and your students can investigate and take action with history through National History Day in Kentucky (NHDKy). In this workshop, we examine:

    • NHDKy and how it works
    • How different types of learners can express their personal styles and interests within NHDKy

Activity: Impromptu exhibit construction using primary and secondary sources
Plus, we will provide materials to jumpstart you and your students to begin NHDKy in the classroom.
Target Audience: 4-12 grade educators and administrators

  • Reading Like a Historian
    Learn how to find, evaluate and creatively use primary source documents in your classroom. This workshop covers:

    • Differences between primary and secondary sources
    • Tips on where to find primary sources online and how to evaluate their value
    • Tools to help analyze primary sources that you can use in your classroom

Activity: Using primary sources (let us know if you want to look at sources centered on a specific theme!)
Target Audience: 4-12 grade educators

  • Delivered to Your Doorstep: Using KHS Traveling Trunks in Your Classroom
    Investigate the contents of a KHS Traveling Trunk and learn how to integrate its contents and hands-on lessons into your classroom. This workshop includes:

    • KHS Traveling Trunk program
    • Traveling Trunk lesson and content overview (you choose the traveling trunk to focus on!)

Activity: Using sources and objects from your chosen Traveling Trunk
Target Audience: K-12 grade educators

Schedule an Educator Workshop
Session Cost: $200. Add a second session on the same day for $150.

Additional fees apply for travel required outside a 60-mile radius of Frankfort, including roundtrip mileage and hotel (if an overnight stay is required).

Please see our Educator Professional Learning event policies page after registering or booking a workshop for cancellation policies and more information.

Kentucky History Education Conference

Each summer, the Kentucky Historical Society gathers educators from across Kentucky for a daylong conference to explore a broad American history theme with Kentucky connections. Kentucky History Education Conference (KHEC) general and concurrent sessions provide K-12 teachers with the opportunity to learn content, obtain resources, hear from leading scholars and learn about other educators’ proven classroom strategies. KHS follows up the conference with a field-study bus tour of sites related to the conference theme.