We’re so excited you’re coming to the BHP Professional Learning Community in Chicago, IL! Here’s everything you need to know.

P.S. – Still need to register for the event? Take care of that here!

Who: Presenters Mike Weisensel (BHP Outreach Coordinator) and Scott Collins (veteran BHP Illinois teacher), you, and other teachers from your area who teach the Big History Project

When: Thursday, August 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Happy hour to follow.

Where: Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.  Chicago, IL 60605

What: Summer Professional Learning Community, which includes:

  • BHP course overview, including shiny new updates and improvements to content this year. Yes, even you veterans will discover something new.
  • Concrete understanding for the classroom—a deep dive into the skills, practices, and concepts of the course, and how they can be differentiated for students:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Claim testing
    • Determining causation
    • Thinking across scales
    • Integrating multiple disciplines
  • Hands-on, new activities for each skill, practice, and concept (yep, you get to be the student). Bonus: Need to build an initial course plan? Check! This is when we’ll make it happen.
  • Connections—meaningful ones, with peers in your area, and the chance to find out how to stay connected and supported throughout the year via the online BHP Teacher Community on Yammer.


  • Lunch is provided and happy hour is to follow meeting.
  • What to bring: a laptop
  • Directions: Information on getting to the Field Museum can be found HERE. If you drive, park in the North Garage. BHP will reimburse (details to follow). Enter the museum via the West Entrance. Ride-share and taxi drop-off is on McFetridge Drive.


  • Check out Teaching Big History, our free, online professional development course, before attending the PLC. 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.
  • We’ll be covering a lot of ground (um, like 13.8 billion years). Check out and download the specific materials in advance (below), so you can follow along at the PLC.

Questions? Contact BHP Outreach Coordinator Mike Weisensel at michaelw@bighistoryproject.com.