We have been hard at work planning our 2023 summer professional development, which includes a slate of twelve Teacher Seminars held online this coming summer.
To that end, we are excited to invite you to serve as Master Teacher for the online Teacher Seminar on Colonial North America. This seminar will be led by Professor Alan Taylor (University of Virginia) with live sessions...
As part of your role as Master Teacher, you would be responsible for preparing and leading two pedagogical sessions on teaching the seminar topic, moderating a "closing thoughts" open discussion with participants on the final day of the seminar, moderating and providing Zoom support for three scholar Q&A sessions, and collaborating in preparation for the seminar with the scholar. Finally, there is a possibility of there being two additional one-hour sessions on Tuesday and Thursday) hosted by a partnering organization...; in that case, you would be collaborating in preparation for the seminar
with our partners in addition to the scholar, and potentially moderating and providing Zoom support for these sessions...
We look forward to hearing from you and very much hope to work with you this summer.
I'm already thinking about the final product and what it might look like, but I don't want to get the cart before the horse. As always, I'm online, looking at past GLI teacher seminars and their pedagogical sessions. I'm researching Colonial North America outside of the traditional history that we usually teach. And I'm looking up Dr. Taylor, the scholar for this seminar. To think that I will be working with this two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient is pretty impressive and a little intimidating.
At first glance, the course description might sound intimidating as well:
This seminar examines Spanish, French, Dutch, and British encounters with Native peoples of North America during the initial centuries of colonization: 1492–1800. It combines the “Atlantic” approach to early America with a “continental” approach that accords dynamism and agency to Native peoples and enslaved African peoples in their relations with colonizers. This seminar defines colonial America broadly, extending beyond the British colonies of the North American coast to include New France, New Spain, and the West Indies.