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Teacher Workshops

A primary goal of the ALPLM Education Department is to help teachers teach. To that end, teacher workshops are an important component of Education Department programming. Workshops are designed for educators in most subjects and in all grade levels unless otherwise indicated. Under our "Teaching Teachers" initiative, the ALPLM is committed to providing educators with strong content-based programs on topics such as Lincoln, the Civil War, African-American History and Illinois History to name a few. These intense "history lessons" will assist educators in developing a solid background on unfamiliar topics or in mastering a discipline they already know and love. In addition, the Education Department's hands-on classroom application programs will provide ideas and methods for teaching historical content across the curriculum using digital resources, primary documents and material culture.


Spring Teacher Professional Development Workshop

April 7, 2018: From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama Bicentennial Exhibit Workshop

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
3 CPDU credits will be provided for all participating teachers.
Registration required. Registration opening soon.


Explore ALPLM's newest exhibit, From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama, and learn about the four men who once called Illinois home and their rise to the presidency. This exhibit is offered as part of the museum's Bicentennial celebration. Participants will start the morning with a guided tour of the exhibit from Dr. Christian McWhirter, ALPLM's Research Historian. After the tour, Education Department staff will share lesson plans and hands-on activities teachers can use in their classrooms connected to the exhibit. 

Summer Teacher Professional Development Workshops

June 24-30, 2018: Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Applications Due February 15, 2018
For more information or to apply visit: Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar Information


Program Scholar: Dr. Michael Burlingame, Chencellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, University of Illinois, Springfield

This seminar, a partnership between the ALPLM and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will allow participants to explore Lincoln's life and writings in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, where they will read and discuss his speeches and letters amid the physical context in which he grew from a twenty-two-year-old "strange, friendless, uneducated, penniless boy" (as he later described himself) to a historic statesman. The seminar will focus on Lincoln's intellectual, moral, psychological, and political evolution. Readings will come from his own works as well as those of leading biographers. The central themes will be the nature of his statesmanship, the origins of his political thought, the forces that shaped his personality and character, and his relevance for the twenty-first century.

 This program is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of AT&T.


July 25, 2018: Transportation - Railroads, Ironclads, and Submarines

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
3 CPDU credits and classroom materials will be provided for all participating teachers.
Registration required. Registration will open in late spring 2018.

Spend a morning at the ALPLM learning about the many ways that science and technology influenced the Civil War. This program invites teachers to merge science and history, two areas of study not often united but undeniably connected. Through experiments, artifacts, games, as well as presentations from scientists and scholars, teachers will learn new ways to connect their students to the Civil War.



Teacher In-Services

If you can’t come to us, we can come to you! We will work with district personnel, other partners, and evaluators to assess needs and develop workshops at the ALPLM or at your school. Contact Genevieve Kaplan at or phone 217-558-8935 for more information.