BHP Team
Washington, USA

Recently, we announced our BHP Summer Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in several cities throughout the US. At these sessions, BHP teachers meet face-to-face, learn about course updates, discuss challenges and best practices, and get a leg up on the new school year. We wish every teacher could attend. But since we’ve not yet cracked time travel or omnipotence, it’s kind of impossible to do that. And we hate for anyone to be left out.

So, we put our critical thinking caps on. Turns out, if you’re geographically challenged, or perfectly happy by the pool (thank-you-very-much), the internet is the perfect place for a Virtual PLC (thank you Threshold 8!).

Won’t you join us for a Virtual Professional Learning Community this summer?  We’re offering four topics, taught over eight sessions, to help you kick off the new school year. Just like in-person PLCs, each is moderated by a veteran BHP teacher. You’ll get to connect with fellow BHP teachers to ask questions and share ideas. What’s different? Each session lasts only an hour, and you can just attend the topics that interest you. Best part, they’re all free.  And if you forget to brush your teeth, NO ONE WILL KNOW.

Whether it’s your first year or fifth teaching the course, there’s a Virtual PLC session for you. Scroll down for details and sign up for one or all of them!

Seriously, you’re running out of excuses.

Who: BHP classroom teachers grades 6-12, session lead by a BHP Teacher Leader

What: An hour-long video session to meet BHP colleagues from across the country and plan. Build community and cover topics aligned with the BHP content you’ll be teaching…when you’ll be teaching it (see the list below).

When: Every Tuesday, July 9 – August 27, for one hour, starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT/ 5:00 p.m. MDT/ 6:00 p.m. CDT/ 7:00 p.m. EDT

Where: A free online collaborative platform you can access on your digital device. You’ll be emailed information about the session and materials in advance, including instructions and a link to get to the session. Seriously, we could not make this any easier.

Cost: FREE! (Like, really free)



July 9 & 16: Gearing Up for BHP

July 2330: Narrative and Thresholds: Connecting the Dots

August 6 & 13: Unit 1: The Big Bang

August 20 & 27: Reading in BHP

*All sessions are one hour in length and will be held at 4:00 p.m. PDT/ 5:00 p.m. MDT/ 6:00 p.m. CDT/ 7:00 p.m. EDT. The same content will be covered in the two dates of each session.

July 9 & 16: Gearing Up for BHP

How do you know where you’re going if you don’t have a plan? Whether you’re teaching BHP for the first time or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’ll get the direction you need to set yourself (and your students) up for success. In this session, we’ll look at sample teacher course plans for SY 2019/20, examine your course roadmap in the Practice Progressions Placemat, and review lessons learned from a veteran BHP teacher (can you say, free advice?). Join your fellow BHP educators to dig into the website and uncover all the resources available to you to kick off your year right.

Resources covered in this session:

July 23 & 30: Narrative and Thresholds: Connecting the Dots

How the heck do you get students to wrap their heads around 13.8 billion years of history? What is a threshold of increasing complexity, anyway? In this session, we’ll cover how the BHP course structure helps students organize, connect, and understand the events, facts, people, and ideas that make up the history of the Universe. (Hint: It’s through a narrative that flows throughout the whole course.) We’ll even dive into one of the earliest lessons in the course (heads-up, veterans, new content!), where you can be the student and (gulp) get comfortable with the science of the course.

Resources covered in this session:

August 6 & 13: Unit 1: The Big Bang

Every year in the classroom brings new and different challenges (and, if you’re teaching BHP for the first time, we hear you over there, saying, “What the heck’s with the science?! I teach history.”). Enter: fellow BHP teachers to develop a plan for Unit 1: The Big Bang! In this session, we’ll go through use-in-your-classroom-tomorrow activities, skills, and concepts, to give you the peace of mind you need to kick off the 13.8-billion-year narrative. With the new BHP content updates, even veteran teachers will benefit from this Unit 1 review. Yep, you’ll leave this session with a clear vision for the start of your year!

Resources covered in this session:

August 20 & 27: Reading in BHP

We know that so much of teaching history involves helping students analyze and decode a variety of different texts. What we struggle with as history teachers is instructing students on how to do just that. In the Reading in BHP session, we’ll dedicate our time to all things reading and reading instruction. Find out about the reading scaffolds created specifically for the BHP course and learn how other teachers differentiate reading for students in their classrooms. You’ll leave this session (almost) feeling like an English teacher!

Resources covered in this session:

You’ll get more out of your Virtual PLC if you check out our free, online professional development course, Teaching Big History, ahead of time. If you’re a new-to-BHP teacher, you’ll be light-years ahead. If you’re a veteran, you’ll get a helpful refresher.

The teacher community is the lifeblood of BHP. Find out how to stay connected and supported throughout the year through the online BHP Teacher Community on Yammer.

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