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East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society offers a variety of teacher workshops in various topics, formats, and times.  All programs are rich in content and methods instruction and are correlated to meet or exceed state curriculum requirements.

East Tennessee Historical Society Workshops

For district-level workshops:

Please contact Lisa Oakley, curator of education, to schedule a district in-service related to any of the offerings found below or other social studies content or strategy needs. (865) 215-8828 or

Tennessee State Library & Archives Partnership:

  • Fall 2019 workshop topic and date TBA


Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Partnership 2018-2019 Workshop Dates:

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) workshops introduce teachers to the rich digital collection of documents, records, and photos available through the Library of Congress website.  TPS workshops are scheduled periodically and in various locations in the region and state.  Watch for notices and check back with us to learn about upcoming dates.

As the regional TPS facilitator, ETHS works under the direction of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, who administers the workshops for Tennessee and is a state affiliate of the Teaching with Primary Sources program.

  • June 20-21“Strategies for Teaching the Social Studies Process Standards” (Workshop is Full, waiting list available)

    This workshop will explore strategies and resources for teaching the social studies process standards in the new Tennessee social studies curriculum standards. The workshop will feature standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use.

Workshops have limited seating so register today by emailing Lisa Oakley, or by calling (865) 215-8828. (Waiting list only)

Workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville (across from the Tennessee Theatre) unless otherwise noted.  Materials, lunch, travel stipend and certificate of participation are provided.


2019 Humanities Tennessee Professional Development Opportunities

New for Summer 2019: Teacher to Teacher Social Studies Standards Discussions

Date just added! July 13 at Tipton Haynes State Historic Site, Johnson City: 9 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th grades and for teachers of the new Tennessee history high school course. See description below for more details.

The East Tennessee Historical Society invites area educators to participate in a series of focused discussions on the NEW Tennessee Social Studies Standards, which will be rolled out in Fall 2019. Participating teachers will guide the discussion and share ideas for addressing new Tennessee history content for their grade level and integrating the social studies practices.

Each session will:

  • Focus on standards and content from a specific grade level.
  • Address the Tennessee history standards specifically.
  • Have limited seating to allow for productive discussion.


  • Lisa N. Oakley, ETHS Curator of Education
  • Hannah Rexrode, ETHS Education Coordinator
  • Rebecca Byrd, ETHS Teacher-in-Residence

Cost: FREE thanks to Humanities Tennessee Sponsorship



June 7: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 4th and 8th Grades

June 7: 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 3rd Grade

(4th grade teachers are welcome to register for the afternoon to share knowledge and ideas on content formerly in their standards.)

June 18, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 5th Grade

June 18, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Tennessee History for High School

(5th grade teachers are welcome to register for the afternoon)

Where: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville--across from the Tennessee Theatre

REGISTER TODAY--space is limited: Email Lisa Oakley to register or for questions.

Full Day Teaching Tennessee History Workshops

7 hour workshops will focus on primary-source-rich, hands-on strategies for addressing key Tennessee history stories found in the current and new social studies standards. Teachers, academic coaches, and museum educators are welcome to attend. Content from grades 3-5, 8 and 11 will be used in activities, but methods can be adapted for all grades. Revolutionary War, Antebellum Slavery, Civil War Secession and Union, Child Labor, and Women's Suffrage are key content areas highlighted. Host community stories will also be featured. Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or to register.

2019 Dates:

  • June 4: Jackson, TN--Jackson State Community College--Discover Tennessee History state-wide consortium is offering our first teacher conference. Click Here for more information and to register.

Lesson Plans from past workshops can be found online at   

Humanities Tennessee is the state affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.          

National History Day Teacher Workshops 

Summer NHD Workshop Dates and Locations TBA

Would you like to learn more about how to introduce or enhance the National History Day program in your classroom?  We can schedule a workshop for teachers or come out to the classroom to discuss History Day logistics and explore this year's theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History." For more information on arranging a workshop or classroom outreach, please contact Lisa Oakley by e-mail or by calling (865) 215-8828.