How Did We Get Here?

Old New York, Library of Congress

Our How Did We Get Here? professional development series has been designed to provide teachers with ready-made, classroom-friendly resources on topics in American history that are front-and-center in current events. 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. Together, these sessions cover the origins and evolution of key concepts of American history that have great resonance in the present day. All participants receive Teaching Literacy through History™ lesson plans with enhanced features to align with online learning practices.

Each session will include

  • A lecture by an eminent historian in the field
  • A pedagogical session led by a Gilder Lehrman Master Teacher
  • A digital-friendly unit of lesson plans directly connected to the session topics
  • A Certificate of Attendance for two professional development hours

How Did We Get Here? sessions in 2021–2022 will occur on Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. PT). Registration is now open for all sessions in the series; click the links below to register. Registration will remain open for each session until 4:00 p.m. ET on the day of the session.

Discounts are available for Affiliate School teachers and for districts signing up 5 teachers or more, as follows:

Standard non-Affiliate School rate $79.99
Affiliate School discounted rate $59.99

15% discount rate for 5–24 registrations

$67.99 (non-Affiliate School)

$50.99 (Affiliate School)

25% discount rate for 25–49 registrations

$59.99 (non-Affiliate School)

$44.99 (Affiliate School)

35% discount rate for 50+ registrations

$51.99 (non-Affiliate School)

$37.99 (Affiliate School)

If you are attempting to register multiple teachers to receive the above multi-registration discounts, if you would like to pay using a purchase order, or if you have any other questions, please email education@gilderlehrman.org.

Our Next How Did We Get Here? Session

On January 11, 2022, Professor Gunja SenGupta (Professor of History at Brooklyn College, CUNY) will discuss the origins and evolution of the transatlantic slave trade, contemporary reverberations related to the Middle Passage, and a comparative analysis between empires and enslavers in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Following this, Justin Emrich (2016 Ohio History Teacher of the Year) will lead a pedagogy session walking through the Institute’s unit “The Transatlantic Slave Trade.” All registrants will receive a copy of the lesson plan prior to the workshop.

Click here to register.

Upcoming Workshop Schedule

Session Date and Time Session Topic and Speakers

January 11, 2022 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

Registration Link

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

with Gunja SenGupta (Professor of History, Brooklyn College, CUNY) and Master Teacher Justin Emrich (2016 Ohio History Teacher of the Year)

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

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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

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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

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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

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Asian American Experiences

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

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LGBTQ American Experiences

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)

Past Workshops

Session Date and Time Session Topic and Speakers

September 14, 2021 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

Stay tuned for the on-demand module featuring this session, to be released in early November.

The US Constitution: The Three Branches of Government and Evolution of the Supreme Court

with Akhil Reed Amar (Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University) and Master Teachers Angel Brea (2013 New York History Teacher of the Year) and Jermain Corbin 

October 5, 2021 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

Stay tuned for the on-demand module featuring this session, to be released in early 2022.

Latino and Latina American Experiences

with Lilia Fernandez (Henry Rutgers Term Chair and Associate Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and History, Rutgers University) and Master Teacher April Vela

November 2, 2021 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. ET

Stay tuned for the on-demand module featuring this session, to be released in early 2022.

American Indian Experiences

with Donald L. Fixico (Regents and Distinguished Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University) and Master Teacher CherylAnne Amendola (2017 New Jersey History Teacher of the Year)

How Did We Get Here? On-Demand

Our How Did We Get Here? sessions will also be made available as on-demand modules on our Online Learning Community. Our first module on Race Relations and African American Experiences, featuring lectures by Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries and pedagogy sessions led by 2009 National History Teacher of the Year Tim Bailey and 2020 Illinois History Teacher of the Year Corey Winchester, is now available in the Special Offers section of our History Shop. Stay tuned for additional modules added throughout the year.