Anchored Histories:Free Virtual Course for Alaska Educators

See Stories  and the  Alaska Humanities Forum  are offering a virtual 2 credit 500 level graduate course for 6th - 12th grade Alaskan educators and librarians.

See Stories was awarded a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Grant in partnership with the Alaska Humanities Forum and the UAA Professional and Continuing Education Program. This funding will support a virtual teacher training for social studies educators from throughout Alaska to learn about how they can support their students to submit documentary films to Alaska History Day, which is the social studies equivalent to the science fair. The graduate level course for teachers will be held online, and teachers from throughout Alaska are encouraged to apply (teacher application to be released in August). The funding is dispersed through the TPS at MSU Denver Program.

Course information:

  • Free, virtual course.

  • Open to teachers and librarians across the state of Alaska.

  • The course will take place during the 2020-21 school year. Specific dates that participants will need to be available include October 8-10, and October 24.

  • Only 20 educators will be admitted into this program so that we can collaboratively build a meaningful virtual community.

  • Applications are due September 11; notification by September 21.

Participating educators will learn how they can utilize Alaskan primary sources, in particular sources from Library of Congress online collections, to support their students to create films that document uniquely Alaskan stories.

While See Stories and Alaska Humanities Forum staff members will facilitate the course, a handful of guest educators will help shape the project:

Leah Geibel, Archivist at the Alaska State Archives, will serve as project advisor and support teachers to build archival resources for their students.

Jim Labelle Sr., an Iñupiaq elder from Nome and retired UAA Professor of Alaska Native Studies, will share his personal story of utilizing archival research and primary sources to explore the records of his childhood boarding school experience to process his trauma.

Dr. Ian Hartmann, Professor of History at UAA, will engage teachers in both how to utilize Library of Congress Primary Sources as well as other archival resources in Alaska.

Gabrielle Dudley, Instruction Archivist at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University will lead a session on how to effectively shape a student's first encounter with a primary source, and she will also serve as project advisor.

If you are an Alaskan 7th - 12th grade teacher interested in this fully funded professional development opportunity, please apply online by September 11.

Email Marie Acemah at  or Emily Lucy at  for more information. 

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