Like many other events over the last couple of years, the annual Tennessee Council for History Education (TNCHE) conference was greatly impacted by Covid and has not convened in person since 2019. The TNCHE board is very excited for the return of this annual conference that brings together K-12 classroom teachers, public historians, and academic historians. The theme for the 2022 conference is “Visualizing History: How to Better Engage Students in the Post-Pandemic Classroom,” and the long-awaited event will take place on Wednesday, September 28, at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The conference will include a diverse selection of breakout sessions and introduce a new poster session designed specifically for K-12 educators to share some of the great work they are doing in the classroom.
Dr. Kristy Brugar from the University of Oklahoma will be this year’s keynote speaker. Her talk is titled, “What Am I Looking At? Visual Materials, Complexity, and History Education.” As visual materials permeate our everyday lives and those of our students, the ubiquitous nature of these sources provides opportunity to engage in historical content. Visual materials, however, are not always accessible to students because their abilities to read these materials vary. As we navigate visually rich spaces, it is essential that teachers and students are taught critical-reading strategies for these distinct sources so that they can become visually literate. The ability to interpret and to make meaning from visual information is an essential skill for participation in democratic societies and the interdependent world. Join us for an illustrative conversation on the complexity of visual materials in the study of history!
TPS–MTSU Education Specialist Kira Duke serves on the TNCHE Board of Directors and is currently the state coordinator.
For information about registration, please visit the TNCHE website at www.tnche.com.