Teaching “Hard History” to Elementary Learners

Location and December date TBD, check back this fall for more details.

One-Day Programs


December, 2021 (Date TBD)



Focal Skills and Dispositions

Analyzing point of view and purpose ; Developing cross-cultural sensitivity; Developing Empathy


5 PDPs


Partnership educators: $0
Non-partnership educators: $200

Especially for educators of grades K-5

Teaching elementary students about the difficult chapters of United States history requires particular attention to the developmental appropriateness of materials as well as the specific pedagogy used to teach topics such slavery and the treatment of Indigenous peoples. This workshop provides K-5 educators with opportunities to engage in peer conversations around the teaching of “hard history” as well as guidance on how and when to introduce these subjects to students in culturally affirming, historically accurate ways. We will unpack the state framework, explore teaching strategies and work with a variety of resources curated to help students engage with these topics in ways that explore identity, oppression and empowerment in meaningful and age-appropriate ways. 

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at sara@primarysource.org.

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.