University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Bringing Inquiry into the Social Studies Classroom

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Program Dates: August 10 - 12, 2021

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.


Participants who successfully complete this Virtual Institute will receive a Penn GSE Certificate of Participation.

About the Program

The demands of the 21st Century require students who can investigate intentionally, think critically, and argue persuasively. The Bringing Inquiry into the Social Studies Classroom Virtual Institute is an interactive professional learning program that supports teachers to design inquiry instructions aligned with the C3 Framework.

Developed for social studies teachers for grades 6-12, this Institute focuses on helping teachers learn how to design compelling questions that motivate inquiry, select and adapt sources, and facilitate discussions that allow students to make connections between past and present.

Participants will be equipped with practical strategies and techniques for online implementation of Stanford History Education Group's Reading Like a Historian curriculum, which engages students with authentic sources and compelling questions. Participants will also learn how to design student-driven historical inquiry activities that capitalize on the vast array of online digital resources. Educators will leave this Institute with a plan for how to bring inquiry into their social studies classroom.

What You'll Gain
  • Learn strategies and support for designing and implementing document-based historical inquiry instruction
  • Acquire tools for establishing background knowledge, supporting historical reading, and facilitating document-based discussion

Who Should Enroll
  • History teachers for grades 6-12

Key Topics
  • Document-based history
  • History curriculum and instructional strategies
  • Engaging in historical inquiry

Dr. Abby Reisman

Dr. Abby Reisman

Assistant Professor

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Penn Graduate School of Education



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Registration Close Date: August 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST


Penn GSE partners with schools, universities, and communities to expand educational access – especially for those underserved by society. Through rigorous research and innovative programs, we develop new knowledge, and transformational teachers and leaders in pursuit of educational opportunity. To that end, this program has a set of scholarships reserved for educators in the School District of Philadelphia.

To access our scholarship application, please click this link.

Individuals will be notified of their scholarship decision within 3 weeks of applying.


3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 2:00pm–5:00pm ET
Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 2 hours per day


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450.00*
Group rate: $450.00 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 07/14/2021
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Contact for more information.


Penn GSE Certificate of Participation

Pennsylvania Act 48 credits



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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.