How Did We Get Here? Continues in 2022 with "The Great Migration"

Professional Development on Topical Issues

The How Did We Get Here? professional development series provides teachers with ready-made, classroom-friendly resources on topics in American history that are front-and-center in current events, such as the Great Migration, US foreign policy from before World War I to now, and the experiences of American Indians, Asian Americans, Latino and Latina Americans, and the LGBTQ community.

The programs, held online on Zoom, feature lectures by leading scholars of American history and expert advice for teaching these topics in the classroom from some of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Master Teachers. All participants receive Teaching Literacy through History™ lesson plans with enhanced features to align with online learning practices.

"In the Perfect Eat Shop, a restaurant on 47th Street near South Park, owned by Mr. E. Norris Negro. Chicago, Illinois" photographed by Jack Delano, 1942 (Library of Congress)Upcoming 2022 Workshops

February 8, 2022, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

“The Great Migration” with Steven Hahn (Professor of History, New York University, and winner of the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes) and Senior Education Fellow Ron Nash

March 1, 2022, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

“US Foreign Policy: Post–World War I to the 21st Century” with Robert K. Brigham (Professor of History and International Relations on the Shirley Ecker Boskey Chair and Director of the Vassar-West Point Initiative, Vassar College) and Master Teacher John Irish (2020 Texas History Teacher of the Year)

April 5, 2022, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

“US Foreign Policy: The Early Republic to World War I” with Jason Opal (Associate Professor of History, McGill University, and winner of the Organization of American Historians’ Binkley-Stephenson Award) and Master Teacher John Irish (2020 Texas History Teacher of the Year)

May 3, 2022, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

“Asian American History” with Jane Hong (Associate Professor of History, Occidental College) and Master Teacher Patience LeBlanc (2017 Texas History Teacher of the Year)

June 7, 2022, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

“The History of LGBTQ Social Movements in America” with Chelsea Del Rio (Associate Professor of History, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, and Co-Chair of the Committee on LGBT History for 2021-23) and Master Teacher Kory Loyola (2016 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year)

Learn more and register here.