Virtual Workshop for Educators

Historical Empathy in Women’s History

Explore how learners can use the practice of historical empathy to examine the role and impact of women throughout history. Based on the work of, and facilitated by, Dr. Katherine Perrotta, assistant professor of middle grades and secondary education at Mercer University Tift College of Education, educators will engage in discussions about the C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards, its ties to historical empathy, and its use in the classroom with focus on the example of pathbreaking civil rights activist Elizabeth Jennings. Known as the “Nineteenth-Century Rosa Parks,” Elizabeth Jennings successfully challenged segregation ordinances on New York City streetcars in 1854.

You do not need to sign up for all three sessions to attend, but you are encouraged to come to all three as you build your historical empathy practice. 

All sessions are free but advanced registration is required. Those who attend will receive a certificate of completion for each session.



Session 1: C3 Framework for Social Studies and Historical Empathy

September 22, 6-7 pm ET
Dr. Perrotta will focus on the C3 Framework basics, and how the Inquiry Arc supports the promotion of historical empathy.

Session 2: Historical Empathy and Elizabeth Jennings

October 13, 6-7 pm ET

Dr. Perrotta will introduce the story of Elizabeth Jennings and how to use primary and secondary sources when planning C3-aligned lessons.

Session 3: Activities and Assessment Using Historical Empathy

November 3, 6-7 pm ET

Dr. Perrotta will explore learning activities planning, assessments, and informed action using historical empathy and the C3 Framework Inquiry Arc.

Please note: The National Women’s History Museum strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter or closed captioning, please email [email protected] at least 7 days in advance of the program.