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National Museum workshop on island history to be held for teachers

Teachers have been invited to a professional development workshop organised by the National Museum of Bermuda.

The free session will be held on Zoom and will be linked to a lecture about resistance to enslavement.

An NMB spokeswoman said: “This workshop is part of the museum’s year-long teacher professional development programme Moving the Needle, which provides local teachers with the opportunity to explore, refine and unpack their understanding of Bermuda’s diverse past, and experiment with multidisciplinary approaches to teaching history that respond to the needs of Bermuda’s students.

“Each module comprises a free public lecture and a workshop available to local educators only.”

The lecture will be Pushing the Boundaries of Freedom and presented by Kristy Warren on Zoom on November 18 at 5.30pm.

Dr Warren, a Bermudian scholar who lives in the UK and works with the University of Leicester School of History, Politics and International Relations, researches the sociopolitical history of British colonialism in Bermuda and the wider Caribbean.

She will explore how enslaved and formerly enslaved people in Bermuda resisted bondage, asserted their humanity and pushed the boundaries of freedom before and after Emancipation.

It is part of the museum’s Bermuda and the Atlantic World series which was designed to show the island’s place in a world context.

The 90-minute teachers workshop will run from 10am on November 21.

The NMB spokeswoman added that it will “unpack the content of the lecture and examine important historical sources related to pre-Emancipation Bermuda using a Stanford History Education Group’s historical inquiry method called structured academic controversy”.

Lisa Howie, the museum’s director of engagement and learning, said: “NMB aims to support Bermuda’s educators by delivering on both historical content and contemporary strategies to engage students with that content.

“Stanford History Education Group is a leader in the field of history and social studies education so we, at NMB, hope to serve as a conduit, sharing historical thinking strategies with Bermuda’s educators, and providing relevant primary and secondary source materials that can be used in the classroom and/or for remote learning.”

The programme is endorsed by the Department of Education and offers six hours of Bermuda Educators Council professional development credit.

*To register for the workshop and for more information, visitwww.nmb.bm/teacherdevelopment.

For more information about the lecture and to register, visitwww.nmb.bm/lecture.

Any questions can be sent by e-mail to Ms Howie at education@nmb.bm.

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Published November 09, 2020 at 1:39 pm (Updated November 09, 2020 at 1:38 pm)

National Museum workshop on island history to be held for teachers

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