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Professional Development

Teaching American History & Civics for Empowered Citizenship

A Professional Development Program for Middle, High School, and Pre-Service Teachers

Join us for an exciting professional development opportunity to empower educators in Illinois, particularly those serving in underserved communities, and prospective teachers, with dynamic and inclusive resources on American government, history, and civic engagement. We provide the tools and knowledge to not only meet but exceed Illinois' inclusive history and civics instruction requirements. Become a part of our program to make a real impact in the classroom and shape the next generation of informed, active citizens!


Chicago Dates: June 10-14, 2024

Springfield Dates: July 22-26, 2024


This program is in partnership with:

American Bar Association Division for Public Education, DePaul University's School of Education, Loyola University's School of Education, University of Illinois Chicago's History Department, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, along with Mary Ellen Daneels, and Laurel Singleton

This program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.


For more information about the Teaching American History & Civics Institute, contact Dee Runaas.

A Professional Development Program for Pre-service, Middle & High School Teachers to Meet Illinois' Inclusive History and Civics Instruction Requirements. 


  • Professional Development integrated into current standards
  • Ready to use classroom resources
  • Innovative Curriculum
  • Expert Instructors
  • Numerous Networking Opportunities
  • $2,500 stipend for teachers
  • $1,000 stipend for pre-service teachers
  • 30+ CPDU credits
  • Complimentary Hotel accommodations

Teacher Commitment

  • Attend scheduled professional development in Chicago OR Springfield
  • Participate in all surveys, reflections, & evaluations
  • Participate in 3-4 workshops post PD (either on ZOOM or in-person)
  • Bring 10 student delegates to Student Constitutional Convention
  • Participate in culminating Student Constitutional Convention in Spring 2025

Our Impact

  • Student Participants


  • Teachers


  • Volunteers


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