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Analyzing Primary Sources in Project-Based Learning

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Analyzing Primary Sources in Project-Based Learning

Presented by Sara Nachtigal, Ph.D., Director of Teaching and Learning, Educurious; and Valeria Gamarra, Curriculum Writer, Educurious
Moderated by Kristi Hemingway, Director of Programs, EdCuration

Sponsored by Educurious
Hosted by EdCuration

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In this edWebinar, you learn how primary sources can help students connect with historical events, grapple with complex stories, and make sense of diverse perspectives across multiple sources. To set the stage for your experience, we introduce you to Pa’lante: Onward With Art, a project-based learning unit that is freely available to all educators (funded by the Library of Congress).

The presenters discuss their approaches to high-quality, rigorous, project-based learning, whether designed by teachers or as open educational resources. They also make connections to the C3 Framework to understand the skills students are building as they analyze sources and identify evidence to support their claims. Viewers leave the session with an inquiry-based visual-analysis approach for using primary sources in their teaching to prompt students’ curiosity and improve critical thinking.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, social studies coordinators, and school leaders.


Sara NachtigalAbout the Presenters

Sara Nachtigal, Ph.D. is the director of teaching and learning at Educurious, a Seattle-based non-profit that designs and supports project-based learning (PBL) instruction and professional development with the goal of making learning meaningful, relevant, and rigorous. She works in partnership with community organizations, districts, schools, and teachers. Dr. Nachtigal earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington where she contributed to design-based research focused on teacher learning and literacy integration in project-based learning. Prior to doctoral work, Dr. Nachtigal taught high school language arts, literacy, and English learners for over a decade and worked at the district level to support curriculum development and literacy initiatives. She also holds a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University.


Valeria GamarraValeria Gamarra is the lead curriculum consultant and writer on the Library-of-Congress-funded Ethnic Studies units Educurious is designing for secondary social studies teachers nationally. Valeria earned her B.A. in political science from George Washington University. Previously, she served in the roles of lead teacher, advisor, coach, and department chair in Brooklyn, NY and Miami, FL.


Kristi HemingwayAbout the Moderator

After serving many years as an elementary and secondary teacher, Kristi Hemingway transitioned to the role of instructional coach and professional developer, working with teachers to improve literacy practices and helping districts across the country implement new curriculum and instructional strategies. She is a journalist whose writing can be found in local and national publications, and has worked internationally to develop and deliver trainings, workshops and instruction for a wide variety of audiences and institutions. Using her communications background, she’s happy to be leading EdCuration’s podcast, Where We Reshape Learning, and spearheading Explorations and #EdTrustees.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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