Educator Seminars

Teacher Seminars at the HHRC

Each year, the HHRC engages teachers looking for professional development opportunities by offering a series of one and two-day teacher seminars.

One day seminars on various topics are offered during the school year, and two-day seminars are offered in the summer.

All programs will be held at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, Maine. Each seminar includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. In addition, seminars offer contact hours which can be used towards re-certification.

Seminars generally run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m each day, and are limited to classes of not more than 25 educators to ensure that there is plenty of time and room for participants to share ideas and discoveries.

Each seminar is created to provide information which can readily be transferred to lesson plans and include guest speakers, a collection of resources, and more.

In addition to the HHRC educational staff, partners in our seminars include Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Tolerance, ICivics, the Maine Department of Education, and Echoes of Reflections, among others.

A Special Opportunity! 

The HHRC is proud to offer two seminars with the award-winning Teaching Tolerance, the educational project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

Questions? Contact associate director David Greenham for more information.

Upcoming Seminars Include:

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9th and 10th9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Cost: $150, includes two books: Holocaust and Human Behavior, and Teaching Holocaust and Human Behavior from Facing History and Ourselves; 12 contact hours, light snacks and lunch. Full Tuition Scholarships are available! 

Who should attend: Current or pre-service 6-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.

Register for the Holocaust and Human Behavior Seminar

Thursday and Friday, July 18th and 19th 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Cost: $125, includes one book: New Mainers, 12 contact hours, light snacks and lunch. Full Tuition Scholarships are available!

This is a workshop that includes many guest speakers of different nationalities and heritages. It is a reflection of the diversity of Maine in the past and present.

Who should attend: Current or pre-service K-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.

Register for the Yearning to Breathe Free Seminar

Wednesday, July 31st, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This interactive introductory workshop to Teaching Tolerance helps teachers learn how to effectively implement anti-bias instruction in their classrooms. Participants will explore practical strategies for accomplishing academic and social-emotional goals side by side.

Who should attend:
• K-12 educators, administrators, counselors, curriculum specialists/coaches
• Pre-service K-12 educators

Free to attend, registration required. 

August 1st, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn to use the comprehensive, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum tools to engage students with meaningful texts through literacy learning and real-world application. Practice with the flexible web-based, interactive learning plan builder to assemble use-tomorrow lesson plans for differentiation and authentic assessment in your classroom.

Who should attend:
Current or pre-service K-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers only.

Free to attend, registration required. 

Wednesday and Thursday, August 7th and 8th, From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day

Cost: $100, includes two new books on the topic, 12 contact hours, light snacks and lunch. Full Tuition Scholarships are available!

For the first time the HHRC will present a program focusing on the facts, the effects, and legacy of slavery in Maine. Many people think that slavery is the “peculiar southern tradition” of the pre-Emancipation Proclamation days, but they are wrong. Slavery existed in Maine since the time of the first white settlers, and the profits from slavery helped to build several coastal communities.

Who should attend: Current or pre-service K-12 ELA/English and Social Studies/History teachers.

Register for Teaching About Slavery in Maine.