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Annual History Teacher Symposium

Thursday, February 1
Starts at 8:30 AM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Annual History Teacher Symposium

Though the Museum is playing the role of host for this coming year’s symposium, in keeping true to the theme “Breaking Out!” (whether that be out of the classroom, out of the box, or out of the building), symposium sessions will be presented throughout the buildings of Downtown Bloomington near the Museum Square. On behalf of the organizing committee, the Museum extends a gracious thank you to Heritage Enterprises and Ensenberger Condominiums for opening their facilities to our participating teachers and students. Each year, this annual history symposium services over 100 practicing middle and high school history and social science teachers from throughout the state of Illinois, in conjunction with a contingent of upperclassmen ISU history education majors. It is the hope that this year’s theme will encourage these present and future teachers to fervently explore educational opportunities that integrate classroom instruction with community resources in ways that inspire their students to embrace learning in all its forms—in and outside the classroom. Many sessions will be co-presented by a practicing teacher and a community partner to further demonstrate the feasibility and mutual benefit of such relationships for teachers and students alike.

The call for session proposals is out, and individuals who have submitted a proposal for the 2018 symposium will be notified of their acceptance in early December. For more information on submitting a session proposal, please contact Dr. Monica Noraian at If you are an Illinois teacher and wish to register for the symposium, please visit the Classes/Workshops calendar under the Professional Development tab on the ROE’s website: for a direct link to the registration form.

Take the chance to break out of routine in the name of professional development. See you in February!