American Ancestors: Using Genealogy to Teach Inclusive History


American Ancestors: Using Genealogy to teach inclusive history


August 5, 2024 Workshop Registration Link


                  In-person course: Burton Cross Building

                               Virtual Option: Zoom


Educators Summit Workshop Registration Link


               In-person workshop: Augusta Civic Center
                   Register for the Educators Summit Here


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The Maine DOE is accepting registrations for the second year of the American Ancestors genealogical inquiry workshop.  This program trains teachers to use inquiry-based lessons that incorporate authentic methodologies used by professional genealogists.  Lessons guide students through the process of conducting family history research, thinking like a historian, honing their research skills using primary sources, and exploring case studies of important local and national people.  Go beyond family trees and help students make real-world personal connections to history. 
In addition to the genealogy inquiry curriculum, there will be a focus on providing resources to support African American studies.


Course Learning Goals
The Learning Goals are:
  • Use inclusive teaching strategies to:

    • Make genealogy accessible to all students

    • Navigate sensitive topics with students

    • Address common misconceptions about genealogy

    • Use and develop case studies to support mandates, such as African American studies

  • Explore inquiry-based lessons that support students to:

    • Plan and carry out research

    • Analyze and evaluate genealogical sources

    • Draw conclusions and support claims with evidence

    • Use primary sources with support (census records, vital records, photographs, etc)


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Intended Audience: Gr 4-8 Teachers & Administrators
Workshop Sessions: We are offering this course twice in August 2024. 
Option 1: In-person at the Cross Building in Augusta or on Zoom on August 5th.  There will not be a recording.
- Option 2: In-person at the Augusta Civic Center on August 6th during the Educators Summit.  You will need to register for the Summit to attend.

      Virtual PLC: Optional monthly virtual PLC on Zoom throughout the school year.  Must attend the summer session.

Contact Hours: 5 contact hours available upon completion of the in-person workshop; additional contact hours for participation in the virtual PLC 




Jaime Beal
Interdisciplinary Instruction Specialist
Phone: (207) 530-2689