2019 ACHE Conference Breaking Barriers: Voices That Impact Our Story

The Arizona Council for History Education will hold its annual conference on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Salt River Project’s Corporate Headquarters. The theme for the conference is: “Breaking Barriers: Voices That Impact Our Story.


This year's conference will focus on individuals or groups in history who used their voice to break barriers. The theme will stress the importance of teaching the historical context of institutional and systemic power structures when interpreting and analyzing dissenting voices to fully understand the resistance faced and the impact on history. The theme will also emphasize the many ways voices can be raised such as: the spoken and written word, the visual arts, music, dance, theater and sports. These forms of dissent reflect the society in which they were created and were forceful agents for change. Our aspiration is to help students find their voice on current issues, by analyzing literary and artistic creations of the past in historical context.

Keynote - Sam Mihara

Come and listen to Mr. Mihara's incredibly powerful story of imprisonment at the Heart Mountain Wyoming Japanese Internment Camp during World War II.

To learn more about Sam Mihara and his work, visit his website: http://sammihara.com/


With the timing of the conference at the start of school, we've selected sessions that will equip teachers with essential secondary sources, quality primary sources, engaging classroom activities, and “shovel-ready” projects. Sessions will include:

Student Activism: Illuminating the Present with the Past through OpEds - Philip Robertson, Chandler Unified School District

The Unusual Suspects: Exposing Students to Diverse and Unfamiliar Activists - Monica Ketchum, Arizona Western College

NHDAZ: Breaking Barriers in History-Project Based Learning for the Classroom and Beyond - Stacey Trepanier, National History Day in Arizona

AZ Standards - New Voices Being Heard in the Big History Project and How Do You Improve Student Writing? - Kathy Hays, Big History Project

Teaching Inequality: Roots of the Racial Wealth Gap - Calvin Schermerhorn, Arizona State University

Voices of American Hajjis - Michelle Reines, Mesa High School

Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Many Voices, Many Perspectives and Turbulent Century: Challenges and Change for Iranian Women - Lisa Adeli, University of Arizona, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Teaching the Desert: the McDowell Sonoran Preserve - Mark Tebeau, Arizona State University

The Power of Stories: Help Students Discover and Write Their Personal History - Sandi Marinella, author of "The Story You Need to Tell"

The Civil Rights Movement, Economically Speaking - Teresa Mungai, Arizona Council on Economic Education

Poor Huddled Masses, Yearning: Life Histories of Asylum & Refuge - Benjamin N Lawrance, University of Arizona

Graphic Novels for the High School World History Classroom - Lara Tarantini, University of Arizona

Breaking Barriers: The Arizona Women’s Suffrage Campaign - Melanie Sturgeon, Arizona Women's History Alliance

From the Margins to the Core: A History of Youth Voices through Spoken Word - Tomas J Stanton, Mesa Arts Center

Lady Sings the Blues: Bessie Smith and the "New Woman" of the 1920s - Marcie Hutchinson, Arizona State University (retired)

Oral History in the Classroom: Using Storytelling to Foster Inclusion - Leah Harrison, Research Archives and Heritage at Salt River Project

A Civil Rights Investigation: Mississippi Burning - Sean Greenwell, Agua Fria High School

And more to come!


Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 7:30am to 3:30pm

SRP Project Administration Building, 1500 N Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Early Bird and student discounts are available - see registration link for pricing details


Created with images by Meghan Schiereck - "untitled image" • Alex Radelich - "untitled image" • GLady - "mecca hajj people"; "Japanese American Museum, San Jose" by snowcrash98 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; "Equal Suffrage League Parade" by VCU Libraries is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0; "Portrait of Bessie Smith holding feathers" by Carl Van Vechten, restored by Adam Cuerden [Public domain]

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