Connecticut’s Old State House is happy to host a series of events for educators, from Appreciation Nights to professional development workshops to immersive civics experiences! See our full line-up of educator activities below.

Educator Appreciation Nights

Thursdays, September 21st and 28th

Enjoy live music and socialize with your fellow educators! Families are welcome, too! A special area inside Connecticut’s Old State House is reserved for educators to enjoy refreshments, play games, network, and hang out! At 5:30 pm, we’ll have a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Landmark. Bands for these select Thursdays include West End Blend andOne Time Weekend, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and a third group to be announced! Show your school ID at our Welcome Tent near the Old State House east stairs to get in!

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Learn more about Hartford Live: Hartford Concert Series – Summer Music Series ( 

A Republic, If We Can Keep It: Civil Discourse in Our Classrooms and Communities

Saturday, November 18th
9:00 am-12:30 pm

Connecticut’s Old State House
800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106

In this workshop for Social Studies Educators, nationally recognized educator and author Joe Schmidt will share research-based best practices for civil discourse and student engagement around relevant topics in Connecticut history.

Are you equipped to engage in discourse around relevant topics of the day, even those that some consider contentious? Can you identify the skills and strategies necessary for people to disagree while avoiding the urge to be disagreeable?

Join Joe Schmidt, author of Civil Discourse: Classroom Conversations for Stronger Communities as he shares research-based best practices and years of classroom and supervisor experience in laying out a “how to” guide that supports civil discourse and student engagement in the classroom.

Educators need to start planning for civil discourse before the first student enters their classroom in the fall and work to align these conversations to relevant topics and skills throughout the year in preparation of the toughest topics that students will face.

Ticket are $20 per person and include light refreshments and a copy of Joe’s book Civil Discourse: Classroom Conversations for Stronger Communities!

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Learn more about the author: Joe Schmidt Social Studies LLC