Professional Development for Social Studies Teachers Grades 8-12
The Virtual MLK Project (vMLK) is offering no-cost professional development for social studies and history teachers of grades 8-12.
The vMLK Project will be offering a hybrid professional development opportunity for teachers to learn about the vMLK Project and how the Project uses audio and virtual reality to enliven local and national Civil Rights history.
The vMLK Experience Grades 8-12 Professional Development (1.5-3 hours) will be a hybrid model of both a synchronous session offered on Wednesday, February 16 from 4:00-5:30 pm and asynchronous, guided activities on the vMLK Project website. The session will be recorded, and registrants who are unable to attend will be sent the video afterward. The synchronous orientation will be 1.5 hours, and there are up to 1.5 additional hours available through the asynchronous activities.
There is no cost to attend. To register for the professional development opportunity, please use this link to complete the registration form.
- vMLK Orientation: Synchronous Session (1.5 hours)
On Wednesday, February 16, use the link emailed to you to access the synchronous session from 4:00-5:30pm EST. Only registrants will have access to the session. The session will be recorded, and all registrants will have access to the recording after the session. Please click here to register for the vMLK Orientation.
- Watch The Story of the vMLK Project documentary (approx. 10 minutes)
The Story of the vMLK Project documentary provides a behind-the-scenes look at the interdisciplinary and community collaborations that made the vMLK Project possible.
- Watch the Royal Ice Cream Sit-in Documentary (approx. 10 minutes)
The Royal Ice Cream Sit-in Documentary helps contextualize Dr. King’s “A Creative Protest [Fill Up the Jails]” speech by providing information on the 1957 sit-ins that took place in Durham, NC.
- Learn about the history of the speech and the project (approx. 30 minutes)
Walk through the Project timeline, read the rhetorical history of the speech, access the transcript of the speech, and look through the multimedia historical archive.
- Listen to the speech (approx. 30 minutes)
Here, you can listen to a recording of collective listening experience and hear the speech in full (approx. 15 minutes). After you have listened to the speech, try listening to parts of the speech from different audience perspectives (approx. 15 minutes): the podium, the first row, the floor, and the balcony.
- Complete Survey (approx. 10 minutes)
We appreciate your participation in this professional development opportunity and would love to hear your feedback. Please take a moment and share your thoughts about what worked well and what could be improved for future professional development opportunities.
- Fill out this form to request Professional Development certificate
Use this form to let us know what elements of the professional development training you completed, and a PD certificate with your total hours will be sent to you.