Teacher Professional Development

Discover new teaching practices and broaden your knowledge through MNHS teacher professional development. Educator workshops are offered by the History Day and Teacher Education teams.

Black and white image of Silent March from 1917

Civil Rights Over Time

Cost: Free 
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024, 9:00-3:30 
Location: Minnesota History Center (St. Paul, MN) 
Audience: K-12 Teachers

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What does Freedom mean?  Join the Minnesota Historical Society and the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute for a well-rounded look at Civil Rights through time. Trace the origins of the Civil Rights movement from the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction through the Twentieth century. Explore how various groups navigated the quixotic environment of post-Civil War America and gain strategies that connect past to present in a meaningful and culturally responsive ways.

Your in-person registration includes:

✔ Light breakfast   ✔ Lunch   ✔ Exhibits Access   ✔ CEUs   ✔ Parking

Contact Heidi Kloempken with program questions. Contact Jessica McMahon with registration questions.

Image from Library of Congress. 

Mille Lacs Museum Display

Effective Practices in Teaching Native American History and Culture Through Art   

Cost: $70   
Date: Thursday, July 18, 10:00 - 4:00
Location: Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post  
Audience: Classroom teachers using Northern Lights Minnesota Studies curriculum 


Visit Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post to expand your knowledge of Ojibwe history and culture, practice hands-on learning, and explore best practices around teaching Native American history and culture. Engage with one of the MNHS Native American Artists in Residence and learn about the connections between historical and contemporary Indigenous art in the Mille Lacs Indian Museum collection. Participants will do an art project and work with teacher educators to critically analyze teaching approaches that will bring this content to students with fidelity.  

Participants will receive:   
✔ Resources for classroom application   ✔ Lunch    ✔ Admission to Mille Lacs Indian Museum exhibits   ✔ Tour of the Four Seasons room   ✔ Tour of the archival collection   ✔ Mileage subsidy for those driving over 50 miles round trip (Application required)    ✔ Hotel subsidy for those driving over 200 miles round trip (Application required)

Contact Kara Knight with program or subsidy questions. Contact Jessica McMahon with registration questions.

History Day Teacher Workshops

There are no History Day workshops scheduled at this time.

Cancellation policy

  • Registrants canceling 24 hours before the workshop are eligible for a refund or credit. (This includes weather related cancellations.)
  • Registrants unable to attend a workshop may send someone in their place; substitutions will be made at the registration desk the day of the event.
  • No refunds or credits will be granted for nonattendance.