Join the BRI Staff and guests for a live webinar where we discuss pedagogy and practice around meaningful topics for the history and civics educator.
This Week’s Episodes:
Friday, June 5th | A Close Reading of George Washington’s Farewell Address and First Inaugural Address
Kicking off our summer Close Reading series, BRI staff Kirk and Tony explore two of George Washington’s most famous works, his Farewell Address and his First Inaugural Address, to understand what qualities made Washington a great leader. What underlying principles informed Washington’s actions? And how did he see his role in charting the future of a nation?
Wednesday, June 3rd | The George Floyd Civic Moment: How Do Educators Look Forward?
Rachel, Kirk, and Gary sit down with BRI president, author, and nationally-recognized proponent of civic education, David Bobb, to reflect on the civic events of the past months and how BRI is supporting you and your communities. How will civic understanding translate into civic action outside the classroom? What ways of thinking will prepare your students for the upcoming school year?
May 20th Episode:
What is Meaningful Learning for Students Right Now?
Even with the best ways to reach students digitally, teachers are finding that students are having trouble feeling engaged and connected to their education now. This Tenth Period will focus on how educators can help their students see the value of their education in a crisis by incorporating less orthodox teaching resources like comics and games. How can these tools re-engage students? And how can you facilitate this type of learning remotely?
May 6th Episode:
Why Teach Social Studies in a Crisis?
Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have called into question what the institution “school” as we know it really means. While classes become remote or non-existent, bigger questions emerge like: “What does learning itself mean?” and “How does learning about the past prepare us for the present?” BRI staff Rachel, Gary, and Kirk, examine the purpose of social studies education in a crisis, and techniques for conveying this importance to students.
April 22nd Episode:
Teaching History Today: BRI Teachers Give Advice on Adapting
In this special Tenth Period, BRI Staff Kirk and Rachel are joined by five of our Teacher Council members, Greg Yarnall, Ryan Kelly, Jessica Culver, Eliot Waxman, and Molly Schneider, to discuss how they are adapting to teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. They’ll share tips on how they have managed to keep their students engaged in the midst of school closure, delay, and a largely remote learning environment.
April 8th Episode:
Federalism’s Moment: Exploring the Federalist Papers and Today’s News
Join BRI staff Kirk, Rachel, and Gary as they perform close readings of selections from the Federalist Papers and recent news articles. They’ll discover how Founding Principles are being applied as state, federal, and local governments address the Covid-19 crisis, and what it says about Founding Principles in a modern context.
March 25th Episode:
BRI staff Kirk and Rachel took moment to reflect during this challenging time by examining past crises in American history and evaluating what we can learn from them. They touched on a range of social and governmental responses to critical events and incorporated relevant primary sources, including FDR’s Fireside Chats, Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and various contemporary media responses to the 1918 influenza pandemic.
Alexis DeTocqueville, Democracy in America, Volume 2: https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/tocqueville-democracy-in-america-historical-critical-edition-vol-2
Directive from Washington, D.C., regarding treatment and procedures. September 26, 1918, Naval Districts and Shore Establishments (Influenza Response): https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/influenza-epidemic/records-list.html
Smithsonian Article on the 1918 Flu: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journal-plague-year-180965222/
FDR’s Fireside Chats: https://resources.billofrightsinstitute.org/virtues/felt-talking-fdrs-fireside-chats-identity/#summary
March 11th Episode:
Leap Day and Other Oddities from History
In celebration of Leap Day, Join BRI staff, Kirk and Gary, as they explore moments in U.S. history that were as unconventional and inconsistent as this extra day in February. Which presidential assassination stories did not survive to modern times? And what were U.S. troops doing in the Arctic after the first world war? We’ll explore these questions and more.
February 26th Episode:
Robber Barons or Captains of Industry: Teaching the Gilded Age Economics
BRI staff members Rachel and Kirk will be joined by Nicole Moretti, World History/World Geography/A.P. U.S. History teacher from Lyman, Wyoming and BRI Teacher Council member, as they discuss the American industrial age and the ensuing economic explosion. They will consider whether the magnates of the Gilded Age were talented individuals whose skills benefitted society as a whole (captains of industry), or selfish individuals who harnessed the worst parts of human nature for their own gain (robber barons). They’ll incorporate two contrasting primary sources: Looking Backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy and Wealth Andrew Carnegie. You can find both readings here:Looking Backwards, Bellamy_Bill of Rights Institute Wealth, Carnegie_Bill of Rights Institute
February 12th Episode:
Presidents & the Constitution: Foreign Policy
Join BRI staff Kirk Higgins and Rachel Davison Humphries and Christopher Evans, BRI Teacher Council member and Teacher Advisor for the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, for a close reading discussion of James Madison’s Monroe Doctrine (AKA James Monroe’s Seventh Annual Message to Congress), and select other documents from the Annexation of the Phillipines.
You can find a copy of the Monroe Doctrine in our eLesson The Turning Point in US Foreign Policy. Or you can find an annotated version from our upcoming massive US History Resource, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness here: The Monroe Doctrine_Bill of Rights Institute
The selections from The Debate on the Annexation of the Phillipines come from our resource The Gilded Age and Progressive Era Unit 3, Lesson 2: The Rise of American Power in the World. You can find a direct link to this excerpt here.
View our past episodes on our YouTube Channel Tenth Period playlist.