University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Teaching Document-Based History

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Monday, August 17, 2020 - Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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.

About the Program

The demands of the 21st Century require students who can investigate intentionally, think critically, and argue persuasively. The Teaching Document-Based History Institute helps teachers support students to engage in authentic history inquiry.

Developed for history teachers for grades 6-12, this Institute focuses on three key instructional practices: establishing background knowledge, supporting historical reading, and facilitating document-based discussion.

Participants will be equipped with practical strategies and techniques for implementing Stanford History Education Group's Reading Like a Historian curriculum, which engages students with authentic sources and compelling questions. Educators will leave this Institute with a plan for how to implement this curriculum in the classroom.

What You'll Gain
  • Learn specific strategies and support for implementing document-based historical inquiry instruction
  • Aquire tools for modifying documents, 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
  • Historical inquiry

Dr. Abby Reisman

Dr. Abby Reisman

Assistant Professor

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Penn Graduate School of Education



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3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 4:00pm–7:00pm 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 July 20, 2020
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Click here to request a group rate.



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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.