Nov. 22: Teacher Institute commemorating 15th & 19th Amendments

Calling all K-12 educators & pre-service teachers!

The year 2020 marks the anniversary of two amendments to the US Constitution that expanded the nation’s ideas about citizenship and extended the right to vote to African American men and to women. To commemorate the ratifications of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) to the US Constitution, the Cleveland State University History Department and the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio will sponsor a yearlong program on the theme of “The Right to Vote: Suffrage and the 15th and 19th Amendments.” 

Institute Details

The year-long program begins on 22 November 2019 with a one-day teacher institute at the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio for in-service K-12 teachers throughout Ohio. The workshop will feature two humanities content experts. In the morning, Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz will provide an overview of voting rights in the United States. Dr. Robert Shelton will discuss the passage and ratification of the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments and efforts to curtail their effects. These content sessions align with various parts of the Ohio Department of Education standards. In the afternoon, Dr. Shelley Rose will focus on using document based questions and historical and critical thinking in the classroom using Sam Wineburg’s Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts. Master teacher Emily Marty will help teachers implement the content and pedagogical theory into practical classroom activities. Teachers can earn graduate credit through the institute and followup activities. 

Register Now!

Registration is available at; from the dropdown menu select Professional Development>Calendar of Events.  For more information about the institute or other activities, please contact Dr. Rob Shelton at or Nadine Grimm at

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