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The Henry Ford Learning Series
January 18, February 8, March 1, April 12, May 3 and May 10, 2013 (9am–5:30pm) in Anderson Theater
Learn, share, co-design and get energized and rejuvenated to teach!
Every individual can remember a teacher who made an unforgettable impact on his or her life. Teachers are passionate, hardworking, positive influences on a child’s life. Besides imparting knowledge, they subtly mold who we become. Teachers are learners, too. They strive to explore ways with which they can make learning fun for the students. Teachers are the epitome of perseverance as they creatively address challenges, such as funding cuts, long hours of work and preparation, test mandates and various student learning styles. At The Henry Ford, we believe teachers are our partners in education, and they need to be empowered in inspiring ways. Our new American History Educator Workshop Series is designed to engage, empower, enlighten and re-energize teachers with immersive learning experiences!

Contact our Call Center at 313.982.6001 to make your reservation today!

Educator Pricing: $50.00
Includes lecture, discussion, lunch, related venue visit and dedicated time with Education Curators

what they are saying
"Please continue these workshops next year. The interaction with fellow educators was incredible!"

"Great workshop- relaxed and informative! I will be back."

workshop summary
Choose one or all of our workshops this school year and redefine teaching and learning!
Fridays, 9am–5:30pm

Date Offered
January 20
Transportation in America
The Auto Industry: A Case Study in American Industrialism
Charles Hyde, Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University
Economic History; History Of Technology, Industrial Archeology and Automotive History

Robert Casey, John and Horace Dodge Curator of Transportation, The Henry Ford
February 10
American Democracy and Civil Rights
Leadership in American Democracy
Kidada Williams, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
African American History

Donna Braden, Curator, Public Life & Lead Experience Developer, The Henry Ford
March 2
Science & Technology
Evolution of Science and Technology
R. Charles Dershimer, Clinical Assistant Professor
Associate Chair, Secondary Teacher Education

Suzanne Fischer, Associate Curator, Technology, The Henry Ford
April 13
American Innovation
Innovation and 21st Century Skills
David Pensak, Author, Entrepreneur, and Creator of first internet firewall

Marc Greuther, Chief Curator, Curator of Industry and Design, The Henry Ford
May 4
Family & Community Life
Changing Roles, Homes and Communities
Liette Gidlow, Professor of History, Wayne State University
20th Century U.S. Political History, U.S. Women's History

Jeanine Head Miller, Curator of Domestic Life and Leisure, The Henry Ford
May 11
America’s Industrial Revolution
Then and Now
Daniel Clark, Associate Professor of History, Oakland University
American Labor History, 20th-Century U.S. Social History

Marc Greuther, Chief Curator, Curator of Industry and Design, The Henry Ford

  • Unique professional development opportunity to delve deep into educational topics with notable scholars, innovators, museum educators/curators and master teachers.
  • Networking and small group working opportunity on lesson plan development around topics.
  • Content-based thematic site visits enhanced with artifactual stories.
  • Online tools and other professional development opportunities.

0.6 CEUs earning opportunity per session offered through Wayne RESA (Fee $10)/pending approval. Teachers who attend all workshops will receive a content training endorsement certificate from The Henry Ford.

workshop agenda at-a-glance
9:00am - 9:30am Registration
9:30am - 10:00am Workshop Overview, Goals, Overarching Questions and Introduction of Keynote Speaker and Panelists
10:00am - 11:00am Keynote Speaker to address the overarching question of the Workshop topic
11:00am - 12:10pm Panel Discussion with Keynote Speaker, Public Historian/Curator followed by a Q and A session
12:10pm - 12:30pm Dramatic presentation with historical role player related to Workshop topic
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 3:00pm Self-Guided Highlight Tour of Henry Ford Museum and/or Greenfield Village artifacts/exhibits focusing on Workshop topic
3:00pm - 3:15pm Break
3:15pm - 4:00pm Overview of curriculum aligned educational resources on Workshop topic followed by a Q and A session
4:00pm - 5:00pm Small group work session for the purpose of fostering dialogue, facilitating collaboration and co-creating lesson plans around the Workshop topic
5:00pm - 5:30pm Evaluation/Wrap up

The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report