American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Teaching American History Grants

Published March 24, 2011

In September, ASHP/CML and Region 7 of the New York City Department of Education received funding from the federal Department of Education’s Teaching American History program. This grant, totaling nearly one million dollars, will support Historians and Teachers: A Partnership to Improve Knowledge, Teaching, and Learning in American History, a three-year project with middle and high school social studies teachers in Region 7 (which encompasses Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn). Also involving the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Educational Development Corporation, Historians and Teachers will hold day-long retreats with historians and a week-long summer institute during which participating teachers will be introduced to the historiography, defining documents, and methods of historical inquiry for four historical periods . Teachers will also work in small groups to create curriculum units that they will test, refine, and ultimately publish in print and online versions for region-wide use.

ASHP’s New Media Classroom teaching-with-technology faculty development program has been selected as a provider for Greencastle Antrim School District’s U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History Grant. Located in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, the district’s grant represents a network of over three rural school districts. From 2003-6, the New Media Classroom will conduct professional development institutes, guide curriculum development projects, and provide mentoring to participating teachers. Other providers for the grant are Facing History, and the National Council for History Education.

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