In February, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site held a full day teacher workshop focusing on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and famed educator, orator, and founder of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Booker T. Washington.
Three speakers gave the teachers insight into race dynamics during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency as well as ideas on how to incorporate the delicate matter of race relations into their class curriculum.
Thirty teachers from the Long Island area heard lectures from two professors, and author Deborah Davis, who published the book, The Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation.
The attendees then toured the home of President Theodore Roosevelt and enjoyed lunch courtesy of The Friends of Sagamore Hill. After the lunch break, the teachers separated into groups for a lesson-planning activity, complete with primary resources provided by Sagamore Hill park rangers. The teachers all gained six and a half hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit that they could then put towards Professional Development within their schools.
Sagamore Hill is looking to hold more workshops in the future. Visit their website for future information.
Photo of Sagamore Hill Teacher Workshop provided.