Salem Maritime
National Historic Site

Essex Heritage and the National Park Service offer a professional development program that supports K-12 educators in creating projects with their students that utilize their communities’ natural, cultural, and historic resources. Based on the training that they receive through the Park for Every Classroom program, teachers work with their students and local partners to create academically rigorous projects that serve their communities.


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Director of Education Programs



Park Staff,

National Park Service



Program Manager,

Essex Heritage Area

Upcoming Workshop:

Essex Heritage invites you to join us for a FREE series of virtual workshops, Teaching Hidden Histories, designed to help educators collaboratively find ways to integrate local stories of traditionally marginalized communities into curriculum development. We have been working with North Andover High School’s history coordinator, local historical societies and archives, scholars, and pedagogy experts to think about how to engage our students in these topics in ways that are meaningful and relevant in today’s world. Please see the attached video of North Andover students asking for a curriculum that is responsive to these needs. Perhaps you’ve been hearing similar things from your students. We’d love for you to add your voice and join with other colleagues to work together on this. PDPs and stipends are available.

Our first workshop on January 23 will explore how we are teaching immigration, using an analysis of  immigration stories in Greater Lawrence as an example of larger themes of exclusion and resilience. Dr. Llana Barber, author of Latino City, Dr. Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell history professor, education leader Glennys Sanchez and moderator Dr. Brad Austin, history professor from Salem State University will lead us through a discussion of this topic and how we might teach it more effectively, inclusively and responsively. Please see the attached flyer and forward to any colleagues you think might like to join us. For more information, visit UsingEssexHistory.org

We hope you REGISTER for this free opportunity today! Please contact Beth Beringer at bethb@essexheritage.org with any questions.

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