Professional Development

The Education Department offers teacher workshops and in-services on topics of Arkansas African American history. These workshops are available on-site or as outreach. Please contact the Education Department at 501.683.3592 for more information.

These hands-on, multidisciplinary workshops can be applied towards professional development credit, meet Arkansas Curriculum Standards, and are engaging for teachers of all levels!

All of our workshops can be used to fulfill the professional development credit in Arkansas history, yet many of the sessions include information that is useful to other disciplines such as science, English, math, art, and music.

Community Voices: Tools for Teaching Arkansas's African American History
Grade Level:
All Grades
Length of workshop: 2 hours
Maximum: 50 teachers
This workshop will introduce teachers to the Department of Arkansas Heritage's newest museum dedicated to Arkansas's African American history. It will also introduce teachers to the use of oral history in constructing community histories.

Exploring the Art of Isaac Scott Hathaway
Grade Level:
All Grades
Length of workshop: 80 minutes
Maximum: 40 teachers
In this hands-on art-based workshop, teachers will learn about nationally recognized African American sculptor, ceramicist, and illustrator Isaac Scott Hathaway, and his sculptures of notable black Arkansans.

Goin' North Loan Box and Teacher's Guide
Grade Level:
Grade 4 - 8
Length of workshop: 2 hours
Maximum: 40 teachers
In this workshop, teachers will learn the story of the Great Migration and Black Arkansans. Through hands on lesson plans and learning activities, teachers will explore ways to utilize the loan box and accompanying teacher's guide. Best practices and learning strategies will be modeled by the presenter as well as encouraged through teacher collaboration during the workshop.