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

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

Who: Presenter Kathy Hays, (veteran BHP Arizona teacher), you, and other teachers from your area who teach the Big History Project

When: Tuesday, July 23, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Happy Hour to follow.

Where: Mesa Public Schools Curriculum Services Center, Building 3, Room 232, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa, AZ 85203

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.


  • Breakfast and lunch provided. Happy hour after the meeting.
  • What to bring: a laptop
  • Directions: Enter Building 3, which is in the second set of buildings and the last two story building. Walk up the stairs and down the hall to Room 232.


  • 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.