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Teaching Women's History with Primary Resources Workshop scheduled for area teachers

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – A workshop for area teachers on how to teach women’s history using primary resources will be held at Southeastern Louisiana University on Saturday, April 9.
     The workshop, “Teaching with Primary Resources: First Ladies, Isleños and Female Schoolteachers,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will provide area teachers with information, materials and ideas for lesson plans.
     The workshop is funded through a Library of Congress grant awarded to Southeastern’s College of Education and Human Development. Co-sponsors include the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Department of History and Political Science.
     “The purpose of the grant is to help teachers understand how to use resources,” said Laura Hancock, coordinator of the program at Southeastern. “The workshop is for K-12 social studies teachers, English and language arts teachers, and librarians to enable them to explore women’s history through Library of Congress resources.”
     Participants will earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLUs) and a $15 travel stipend. To register for the workshop, contact Hancock at or call 985-549-2229.
     William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, said the program is an excellent opportunity for local teachers to learn more about women’s history and effective ways to transfer that knowledge to their students. 
     The workshop will feature six sessions:
 -- “A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson,” by historian and author Patricia Brady;
 -- “Teaching with Primary Sources,” by Mary Ellen Scherer, instructor in the Department of Teaching and Learning;
 -- “Women’s History Learning Activity,” by Kitty Ainsworth, instructor in the Department of Teaching and Learning;
 -- “Sarah Towles Reed and Roberta Towles: Two Visionaries in Politics and the Classroom,” by Edith Ambrose, instructor in the Department of History and Political Science;
 -- “The Isleños of Louisiana: On the Water’s Edge,”12:45 p.m. by Samantha Perez, Southeastern alumnae and author;
 -- “Learning Sets,” 1:55 p.m.; presented by Ainsworth, Cindy Grimmer, Hancock, Scherer, and Ann Trappey.
     Registration will begin at 8 a.m.; breakfast and lunch will be provided.
     According to Hancock, the Library of Congress offers more than 15 million digitalized primary sources that teachers can use in their classrooms.

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