Teaching  with  Archives  
(and  archivists!)  
  
Robin  M.  Katz              @robinmkatz  
Head  of  Reference  and  Us...
TeachArchives.org  
  
for  a  global  audience  of  librarians,  
archivists,  museum  educators,  
faculty,  and  teache...
TeachArchives.org  
  
  
middle  à  graduate  school  
The  Project  
  
  
award-­‐winning  grant  project  at  
Brooklyn  Historical  Society  
The  Project  
  
  
$750,000  FIPSE    
US  Dept  of  EducaJon    
The  Project  
  
  
3  years  (2011  –  2013)  
4  teaching  semesters  (F11  -­‐  S13)  
The  Project  
  
  
3  schools  
  
St.  Francis,  City  Tech,  LIU  Brooklyn  
The  Project  
  
  
3  schools  
  
no  archives  on  campus  
The  Project  
  
  
3  schools  
  
student  populaJon  
The  Project  
  
  
18  faculty  
  
all  ranks  
The  Project  
  
  
18  faculty  
  
disciplines  
The  Project  
  
  
18  faculty  
  
types  of  courses  
The  Project  
  
  
naJonal  partners  
The  Project  
  
  
intellectual  /  professional  
community  
The  Project  
  
  
collaboraJon  between    
archivists  and  educators  
The  Project  
  
  
1,100+  students  
65  courses  
100  visits  to  BHS  
The  Project  
  
  
class  visits  to    
the  archives  
  
The  Project  
  
  
professional    
development  
  
The  Project  
  
  
summer    
research  fellowships  
  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
for  students  new  to  archives…  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
model  document  analysis  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
item-­‐level  
  
less  is  more  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
(not  new  to    
K-­‐12  teachers)  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
specific,  measurable    
learning  objecJves  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
(also  not  new  to    
K-­‐12  teachers)  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
beyond  “show  and  tell”  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
(new  to  archivists)  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
beyond  “just  get  them  in  there”  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
(new  to  some  archivists    
and  some  educators)  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
small  group  work  
Our  Teaching  Philosophy  
  
  
specific  prompts  
TeachArchives.org  
  
12    
“how  to”  arJcles  
TeachArchives.org  
  
“How  to  Make    
LogisJcal  Decisions”  
TeachArchives.org  
  
16    
success  stories  
  
TeachArchives.org  
  
Models  for  History    
Survey  Courses  
  
TeachArchives.org  
  
14  exercises  
60  documents  
Exercises  on  TeachArchives.org  
  
  
tweaked  and  refined    
in  real  classrooms  
Exercises  on  TeachArchives.org  
  
can  be  used  in    
BHS  archives  (NYC)  
or  online  
Exercises  on  TeachArchives.org  
  
  
samples  to  serve    
as  a  model  
AdapJng  Exercises  
  
“Civil  Rights  in  Brooklyn”  
  
scaffolded    
item  >  folder  
AdapJng  Exercises  
  
“Telling  Brooklyn  Stories”  
  
impromptu  speeches    
comparing  documents  
Our  Findings  
  
  
Our  approach  benefijed    
students  and  faculty  
Our  Findings  
  
  
independent  evaluators  
Our  Findings  
  
  
independent  evaluators  
Our  Findings  
  
interviews,  observaJons,  
reflecJons,  student  work,    
campus  assessment  data  
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evaluaJon  reports  
Our  Findings  
  
in  well-­‐matched    
comparisons…  
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students  who  came    
to  the  archives    
were  more  engaged  
Our  Findings  
  
students  who  came    
to  the  archives    
performed  bejer  
Our  Findings  
  
students  who  came    
to  the  archives    
higher  retenJon  rates  
Our  Findings  
  
students  improved  skills  
needed  for  document  analysis:  
observaJon  and  summary  
Our  Findings  
  
faculty  improved    
pedagogical  strategies  
8  Best  PracJces  
•  Define  measurable  learning  objecJves  that  align  visit  goals  with  
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•  Carefu...
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Designing an Effective Instruction Program

  1. 1. Teaching  with  Archives   (and  archivists!)     Robin  M.  Katz              @robinmkatz   Head  of  Reference  and  User  Services   Brooklyn  Historical  Society     NCHE  Conference  |  St.  AugusJne,  FL  |  March  21,  2015  
  2. 2. TeachArchives.org     for  a  global  audience  of  librarians,   archivists,  museum  educators,   faculty,  and  teachers  
  3. 3. TeachArchives.org       middle  à  graduate  school  
  4. 4. The  Project       award-­‐winning  grant  project  at   Brooklyn  Historical  Society  
  5. 5. The  Project       $750,000  FIPSE     US  Dept  of  EducaJon    
  6. 6. The  Project       3  years  (2011  –  2013)   4  teaching  semesters  (F11  -­‐  S13)  
  7. 7. The  Project       3  schools     St.  Francis,  City  Tech,  LIU  Brooklyn  
  8. 8. The  Project       3  schools     no  archives  on  campus  
  9. 9. The  Project       3  schools     student  populaJon  
  10. 10. The  Project       18  faculty     all  ranks  
  11. 11. The  Project       18  faculty     disciplines  
  12. 12. The  Project       18  faculty     types  of  courses  
  13. 13. The  Project       naJonal  partners  
  14. 14. The  Project       intellectual  /  professional   community  
  15. 15. The  Project       collaboraJon  between     archivists  and  educators  
  16. 16. The  Project       1,100+  students   65  courses   100  visits  to  BHS  
  17. 17. The  Project       class  visits  to     the  archives    
  18. 18. The  Project       professional     development    
  19. 19. The  Project       summer     research  fellowships    
  20. 20. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       for  students  new  to  archives…  
  21. 21. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       model  document  analysis  
  22. 22. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       item-­‐level     less  is  more  
  23. 23. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       (not  new  to     K-­‐12  teachers)  
  24. 24. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       specific,  measurable     learning  objecJves  
  25. 25. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       (also  not  new  to     K-­‐12  teachers)  
  26. 26. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       beyond  “show  and  tell”  
  27. 27. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       (new  to  archivists)  
  28. 28. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       beyond  “just  get  them  in  there”  
  29. 29. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       (new  to  some  archivists     and  some  educators)  
  30. 30. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       small  group  work  
  31. 31. Our  Teaching  Philosophy       specific  prompts  
  32. 32. TeachArchives.org     12     “how  to”  arJcles  
  33. 33. TeachArchives.org     “How  to  Make     LogisJcal  Decisions”  
  34. 34. TeachArchives.org     16     success  stories    
  35. 35. TeachArchives.org     Models  for  History     Survey  Courses    
  36. 36. TeachArchives.org     14  exercises   60  documents  
  37. 37. Exercises  on  TeachArchives.org       tweaked  and  refined     in  real  classrooms  
  38. 38. Exercises  on  TeachArchives.org     can  be  used  in     BHS  archives  (NYC)   or  online  
  39. 39. Exercises  on  TeachArchives.org       samples  to  serve     as  a  model  
  40. 40. AdapJng  Exercises     “Civil  Rights  in  Brooklyn”     scaffolded     item  >  folder  
  41. 41. AdapJng  Exercises     “Telling  Brooklyn  Stories”     impromptu  speeches     comparing  documents  
  42. 42. Our  Findings       Our  approach  benefijed     students  and  faculty  
  43. 43. Our  Findings       independent  evaluators  
  44. 44. Our  Findings       independent  evaluators  
  45. 45. Our  Findings     interviews,  observaJons,   reflecJons,  student  work,     campus  assessment  data  
  46. 46. Our  Findings       evaluaJon  reports  
  47. 47. Our  Findings     in  well-­‐matched     comparisons…  
  48. 48. Our  Findings     students  who  came     to  the  archives     were  more  engaged  
  49. 49. Our  Findings     students  who  came     to  the  archives     performed  bejer  
  50. 50. Our  Findings     students  who  came     to  the  archives     higher  retenJon  rates  
  51. 51. Our  Findings     students  improved  skills   needed  for  document  analysis:   observaJon  and  summary  
  52. 52. Our  Findings     faculty  improved     pedagogical  strategies  
  53. 53. 8  Best  PracJces   •  Define  measurable  learning  objecJves  that  align  visit  goals  with   course  goals   •  Carefully  select  a  small  number  of  documents  to  use   •  Cram  tailored,  document-­‐specific  prompts   •  Design  document  analysis  acJviJes  to  connect  to  larger  assignments   and  course  objecJves   •  Carefully  consider  logisJcal  decisions  related  to  the  archives  visit   •  Thoughnully  facilitate  archives  visits,  including  wrap-­‐up  discussions   •  Provide  a  “Goldilocks”  of  context  (not  too  much,  and  not  too  lijle,  at   the  right  Jme)   •  Work  collaboraJvely  to  tweak  and  refine  the  learning  experience  

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