Hundreds of educators turned out for Newseum Education’s fifth annual Teacher Open House on Oct. 4. We host this event each year to show our appreciation for teachers, as well as to showcase our educational resources. This year we offered more activities than ever, with 21 different sessions and tours throughout the day. New offerings included “Genius” sessions, in which teachers could sign up to speak one-on-one with a Newseum Education staff member, and four “Teacher to Teacher” presentations, in which #ANEW2014 Institute teachers shared how they created authentic connections between the Newseum’s resources and their teaching needs.
Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, presented a session on “Educating for Global Citizenship in a Religiously Diverse World.” For the first time, we also handed out thematic sets of poster-sized primary sources from our collection. As always, there were free tote bags, refreshments, door prizes and other giveaways as well. You can see more images from the event on the Newseum’s Flickr page.
We’ve already heard from many educators who loved participating in the Open House. Margaret Carpenter of Thomas Jefferson High School raved, “It is a FABULOUS event! The presenters do know the audience and engage us as educators. The freebies and refreshments are so kind and thoughtful! It’s the day I’m thankful I became a teacher-librarian! ”
If you couldn’t make it to the Teacher Open House, you can learn about our educational resources and class offerings on our website, and find some of the newspaper front pages we gave out here.