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Genealogy for Educators

Wednesday, 3/4/15 10:30 pm - Thursday, 3/5/15 12:30 am

Event Type

Teacher Workshop
Act 48/CEU Credits Offered
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA

As a precursor to our family history day event, HSP is excited to host a genealogy workshop designed for educators. The event will take place Wednesday, March 4th from 4:30-6:30pm and will introduce teachers to ways they can utilize the archives for genealogy research, both in the classroom and for themselves.

This workshop will be hosted by two teachers, Celia Flores-Rivera and Julia Snyder, who will introduce how they created a genealogy program, Latino and African American Perspective, for their 9th grade classrooms. HSP will also give an overview of our own genealogy resouces for teacher use. In addition, if you sign-up for our family history day event, the workshop is free.

If you have any further questions please contact us.


Celia Flores-Rivera received her Masters in Education and Masters in Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Currently, she is teaching social studies at Esperanza Academy Charter High School. During the last 3 years, she has implemented the Latino and African American Perspective curriculum where the majority of 9th grade students investigate the question "Who am I?" through the analysis of historical facts and primary sources. At the end of the curriculum, students develop their "own history" by researching their genealogy and displaying their own family history for other to see.

Julia Snyder currently trains teachers at Relay Graduate School of Education. Before taking her current role, she taught business and social studies in Philadelphia at Esperanza Academy for seven years. While at Esperanza Academy, Julia developed a thematic, project-base curriculum for the 9th grade social studies class: Latino and African American Perspectives. The culminating project of this course explored family history, where students applied their historical skills of research and contextualization to create a family tree and curate primary sources. Julia holds a bachelor's degree in secondary social studies from Taylor University and a Master's in Teaching and Learning from University of Pennsylvania.