Bob Bain, Big History Project

Bob Bain is Associate Professor in the School of Education, and the Departments of History and of Museum Studies at the University of Michigan.  He also is the director of U-M’s World History and Literature Initiative and the faculty lead on the Big History Project. Before coming to the University of Michigan in 1998, he taught high school history and social studies for 26 years in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Bain’s research centers on teaching and learning history and the social sciences in classrooms, on-line, in museums and homes.  Currently he is studying distinctive approaches to “doing” and to teaching history across multiple scales of time and space, work that has emerged from his years teaching history in secondary schools and more recently as the faculty lead on the Big History Project.

Bain has received awards for teaching at both the high school and university levels, including the College Educator of the Year Award from the Michigan Council of Social Studies in both 2008 and 2011.  In 2000, the Carnegie Foundation selected him as a Carnegie Scholar in the Carnegie Academy of Teaching and Learning and he continues as one of the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lecturers.

Online Learning Opportunities and Upcoming Events from NCSS

2018 Webinars and Institutes Expand your professional portfolio with these enriching and engaging online learning opportunities from NCSS. Our spring 2018 webinars are scheduled for evenings from 7-8 pm ET. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for their records. To see our full schedule, for more information and to register, please visit Experiential Tour: Education in China (last […]

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News from CSDE

The CSDE will be sponsoring or co-sponsoring three upcoming webinar series that all social studies educators are invited to participate in. We think that these will be valuable for all high school and middle school social studies teachers. All will take place from 3:30-4:30; teachers who cannot participate “live” can receive a link to watch […]

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Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Teacher Appreciation Tour!

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul have unveiled plans for a landmark live tour that will benefit TeachRock, the Rock and Roll Forever’s national initiative to bring music curriculum into schools across the country. On this first of its kind tour, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will be presenting the TeachRock curriculum through […]

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Holocaust Online Course Begins March 5

Echoes & Reflections: To celebrate one year of offering unparalleled Holocaust resources through our Online Professional Development course, we’re offering a $50 Amazon gift card to all educators who complete our March program. We invite you to see how these powerful materials can make an impact in your classroom. Experts on Holocaust education will guide […]

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CSDE Webinar Series- History and Memory

The CSDE is sponsoring a webinar series related to social studies.  A certificate of attendance is available for those that participate in these webinars. “History and Memory”. This series explores the difference between history and memory, and explores how societies remember the past has a direct impact on the present. Memories of World War I […]

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2018 NCSS Spring Webinars

Expand your professional portfolio with the 2018 NCSS Spring webinar series! Join NCSS for three web-mapping learning opportunities covering tool usage, creating 3-D videos, and mapping current events. You can also sign-up to broaden your professional knowledge in religious studies and the Sikh-American Community. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for their records. To […]

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Connecticut Foundation for Open Government

First Amendment Project Educators looking for imaginative approaches to enhance their mandated civics requirements might consider a program launched last year by the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government (CFOG). Under the free CFOG First Amendment Project, teams of lawyers and journalists visit participating high school classes to discuss the history and practical applications of First […]

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Action Civics – Professional Development

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Be a Judge for Connecticut History Day!

Dear Friends of Connecticut History Day (CHD), Contest season may be months away, but we’re already busy planning! Last year, thousands of Connecticut middle and high school students participated in Connecticut History Day by attending workshops and creating projects for school contests. Of those, 1,600 competed in regional contests across the state. From that select […]

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Workshops at Fairfield University

The Graduate School of Education & Allied Professionals at Fairfield University is hosting free workshops. Certificates of professional development will be provided for all attendees. Pizza will also be served. Sign up today to attend this interactive workshop. More information and registration can be found here. 2018 5 pm-7 pm March 15: Elementary Classroom Writing […]

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Current Events Webinars from National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center has just launched a slate of new titles in our annual webinar series.  The goal of this “ripped from the headlines” series is to give educators of all disciplines background on the day’s compelling topics.  the history of the FBI . . .the long relationship between the media and the Presidency . . […]

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