Summer Institute 2017: Ordering America: How the Progressive Era and the Eugenics Movement Shaped Our Society

This summer, The DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration led 32 in-service teachers through a three-day professional development seminar that focused on the Eugenics Movement.

Educators from all levels and curriculum areas were grateful to discover interdisciplinary teaching strategies to use in their classrooms that pieced together history, literacy, and critical thinking skills. Participants also learned pedagogical approaches for building safe and engaging classrooms and school communities.


Read the following quotes to see how the Summer Institute 2017 has positively impacted in-service teachers.


The Institute offers a focus for teachers to learn and talk about issues that we otherwise would not have time to address. It gives me a place to pause and think about some of the most important issues, like discussing race.


I always appreciate being challenged on my assumptions and this institute affirms my dedication to addressing different types in my classroom and school community.


I think this institute challenged my thoughts and beliefs about immigration policies and eugenics. I feel that I’ve become more informed about these topics and how I can bring them to school as a school counselor.


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