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November Afternoon Inservices on Zoom

TN History for Kids is producing free, 2-hour, virtual inservices this fall. (We already did 4 in July, 4 in September and 4 on October). All are free; run from 3:30 to 5:30 CENTRAL time; provide 2 hours of professional development credit; and help social studies teachers cover difficult topics in the standards.


Monday, Nov. 30: Highlander and the Tennessee Civil Rights Movement: A Two-part event

Emily Senefeld

1) Emily Senefeld, an adjunct professor at Sewanee: the University of the South, will present the story of the Highlander Folk School -- a remarkable institution which many people today say was one of the birthplaces of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Highlander had a profound impact on many civil rights leaders, most notably Rosa Parks, and yet it is largely unknown to many Tennesseans today.

History Bill interviews Bobby Cain, one of the
original "Clinton 12"

2) The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee -- There are quite a few events, dates and names listed in the social studies standards in regards to the Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee. History Bill will go through them all and explain the background and stories behind each of them -- from the Maury County race riot to the integration of high schools in Anderson County to the tent city movement of Fayette County to Nashville's sit-ins to the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Click here to register for Highlander and the Civil Rights Movement.

Previous Zoom Inservices:

July 17: The early statehood era: Cherokee culture, stories of the migration west and Tennessee becomes a state (guest presenters the Finchums; 90/70)

July 20: Slavery, railroads and the Civil War in Tennessee (guest presenter Chris Young of Chickamauga National Military Park; 70/51)

July 23: Voting Rights, the passage of the suffrage amendment and the Great Depression in Tennessee (guest presenters Barry Thacker and David Ewing; 90/55)

July 27: West Tennessee, the culture of music in Memphis, the Tent City Movement of Fayette County the Civil Rights Movement (guest presenters Daphene McFerren and Willy Bearden; 55/38)

September 8: Chattanooga and the Civil War in Tennessee from 35,000 Feet (55/38)

September 15: Primary Sources, Zoom and the Tennessee History for Kids website (50/30)

September 22: Tennessee, its 3 Constitutions and the Strange But True Stories behind them (60/35)

September 29: Slavery in Tennessee: Primary Source and how to use them (77/41)

October 7: The Tennessee River and TVA (guest presenter Jennifer Johnson of Currents of Change; 30/20)

October 14: Live Music in Tennessee from the Carter Family to Isaac Hayes (31/16)

October 21: Tennessee Geography and Economics and the Third Grade Social Studies Standards; 32/17)

October 28: Shiloh and the Civil War in Tennessee (guest presenter Timothy Arnold of Shiloh National Military Park; 91/51)

November 2: Coal Creek and Voting Rights (guest presenter Barry Thacker of Coal Creek Watershed Foundation)

November 9: From Cumberland Gap to I-40: A History of Tennessee's Roads

November 16: Prehistory and Cherokee culture (guest presenters Aaron Deter-Wolf and Sherry and Mark Finchum)

One of the THFK virtual events in July

What teachers who have tuned in to these events say about them:

"Well-made and insightful." -- Tyler Tallent, Rhea County Schools

"I loved it. I did the Tennessee Constitution one and found it very insightful." -- Rachel Turner, Hamilton County Schools

"All of the material has been both interesting and extremely helpful! I always recommend these to other teachers." -- Carla Sells, Rogersville City Schools

"Very interesting and well researched. I've recommended them to several people." --Tina Davis, Hardeman County Schools

"I thought the material was great and closely tied to the history curriculum. I thoroughly enjoyed the topic and starting off with the quiz was a good idea." -- Melanie Collins, Hamilton County Schools

"I enjoyed them all, especially the one on slavery." -- David Reed, Hancock County Schools

"I thought it was excellent! I have been recommending it to other history teachers. It is great for professional development due to the fact that it isn't boring at all!" -- Marty Goins, Meigs County Schools