Workshop for Teachers

Talking about the Complicated. Shared Responsibility for Common Heritage.

Dates: May 17-18, 2019

Venue: Center for Urban History, Lviv, 6 Bohomoltsia Str. (conference room)

Deadline for applications: May 122019

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Teachers of history, local area studies, and natural sciences, heads of methodological associations, deputy headmaster for discipline, school facilitators, and anyone interested in the topic of the workshop and work within the secondary education system are invited to participate in the workshop to take place on May, 17-18, at the Center for Urban History.


In the crisis of conventional approaches to historical education and drop in the motivation of teenagers to learn about the past,  it is getting highly relevant to search for new methods, teaching approaches and strategies, as well as new stories that enable seeing the tragic past through the lens of individual experiences. The workshop is about methods to address complicated, contested, and controversial topics of the common heritage, on how teachers should work with pupils and jointly think on moral issues and challenges, as well as on what responsible attitude to the past is.

During the workshop, project tea, will present training and methodological materials for teachers based on the resources of the Center for Urban History.

It is planned to have a discussion on new digital tools that upgrade the educational process, on methods and means of responsible learning /and studying history in schools.


Workshop invites teachers to join the conversation to raise questions and find the answers:  How to teach about contested and tragic history the city and its citizens survived during the 20th century? How to identify, actualize and personalize heritage of exterminated and deported communities that used to live side by side? How to deal with this heritage and local memory using the space of the city? How to see memory in a symbolic environment of the city? How to read visual codes of memory of the city? How to combine collective and individual history, how to hear the voices of those who often remain unheard and excluded from the history of the city?

We selected stories from the history of the city that were ambiguous, drastic, controversial, unpopular, and unspoken, that in our vision, could be used to highlight the problems and show how the developed methodology works. The topics include: events of the Great War and of November, 2018, tragic events of the Second World War, period of transformations from a Soviet city to the Independence times. All stories are published and available online on the webpage of the project Lviv Interactive.


An important part is to design approaches and tools that could be implemented into the curriculum. The training includes practical sessions on possibilities of digital tools in studying history and the ways to use them in learning (storytelling, story-mapping, gamification). Another important focus is on techniques (childhood memories, everyday routines, gender, political correctness, memory practices, personal stories) that help us raise the cross-cutting themes.


- Practical use and applicability. We worked with selected stories to illustrate with practical cases “how it works”.

- Implementation into school curriculum. We collected materials, research, and stories on heritage of the city and tried to include them into curriculum.

- Interdisciplinarity. All the developments are adaptive to be used at different subjects or common integrated lessons 

- Interactive approach, informal tools and practices, work with technologies and digital competence.

- Shaping the environment. We have no ambitions that the designed materials would be universal and offer answers to all questions. The project is more about inviting to co-create, to produce the space for reflections, for a dialogue between researchers and educators.


During the two-day workshop, there will be a presentation of designed training materials as illustrated by the elaborated stories with the possibility to analyze and comment, practical sessions with the use of modern tools (storytelling, story-mapping, and gamification) in teaching, lecture-talks with researchers, presentation of the developed game on memory practices, and the training on development of conflict-management competence for teachers to use in schools.


After the workshop, participants will receive a certificate on participation, preliminary work scenarios, tools and methodological suggestions, the scope of materials and ready-to-use historical sources (texts, images, maps, oral history memories).  

In addition, participation in the workshop is an opportunity to build the environment of likeminded people, and an invitation to co-create new educational products.


To participate in the workshop, you must register at the link.

Please, submit your application before May 12, 2019.


Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Organizers cover coffee breaks and lunches, and provide handouts.


Iryna Kostiuk, Iryna Magdysh, Yaroslav Sohor, Taras Nazaruk, Khrystyna Boyko

Additional details

Organizer – Center for Urban History 

For questions, feel free to contact project coordinator Khrystyna Boyko 

The workshop is part of the practical workshop "Development and piloting of materials and methods guides for teachers on complicated topics of Lviv’s common history" developed within the project "ReHERIT: Shared Responsibility for Common Heritage." The project is funded by the European Union.

More on the project "ReHERIT: Shared Responsibility for Common Heritage"