Helping Teachers Become Excellent History Educators
Teacher Professional Development
Dr. Edward T. O'Donnell has been leading engaging and interactive presentations to teacher professional development programs on a wide range of topics since 2002. He has worked with more than 50 school districts across the country in 26 states through the Teaching American History program. His presentations range from half-day or full-day sessions that combine interactive lectures, pedagogy discussions, and primary source workshops. O'Donnell also leads teacher groups on historical walking tours in New York and Boston.
About the Presentations
Today’s students are visual and interactive learners—and so are their teachers. Consequently, these multimedia presentations are built around 50+ unique and carefully selected visuals, including vintage photographs, etchings, maps, cartoons, and documents (samples appear on this page). O’Donnell uses them to enhance a lively and interactive presentation. Ample time is allotted for Q & A, but O’Donnell always welcomes questions at any time during the session. The presentations are available as content lectures or in a workshop format with an emphasis on pedagogy, primary sources, and using images to teach history.
Benefits for Your Teachers
- A renewed and/or deepened awareness of the topic’s essential content.
- An enhanced understanding of the topic’s critical questions, concepts, and ideas.
- New ideas for finding and using primary sources and developing DBQs, simulations, projects, debates, and field trip preparation.
- An introduction to O’Donnell’s How to Use Images to Teach History and his unique S.I.G.H.T.™ method of visual analysis.
- Time Flexibility – all presentations and workshops can be tailored to meet your needs, from 1 to 3 hours.
- Pedagogy Workshops – on primary sources, using images to teach history, DBQs, simulations, projects, and debates.
- Walking Tours and Historic Site Visits - O’Donnell has led thousands—just ask!