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Published March 30, 2011

This summer middle-school and high school teachers from Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island participating in ASHP/CML’s Teaching American History professional development program attended two four-day Summer Institutes. The workshops provided an opportunity for teachers from Regions 4 and 7 in the New York City public school system to use the historical information and approaches they had learned during the previous year to create classroom activities for the 2005-06 school year. Participants, led by historians and history educators, worked with sets of 10 to 15 documents, including photographs, cartoons, letters, and oral histories and then met in groups to create activities...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

ASHP/CML’s in collaboration with the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, and NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute recently completed Ground One: Voices from Post-911 Chinatown. This project provides an in-depth portrait of the ways in which the identity of a community, largely neglected by national media following 9/11, was indelibly changed by that day. Ground One presents videotaped and transcribed interviews with 30 people who lived and worked in Chinatown, which

are fully searchable by theme, keyword, or interviewee in English and Chinese. Ground One enriches the collection and extends the...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

ASHP/CML in partnership with Region 3 and Region 4 of New York City public schools and the Program in Social Studies, Department of Secondary Education, Queens College, CUNY has been awarded two new Teaching American History grants by the U.S. Department of Education. The diverse urban schools served by the program have high numbers of students from low-income families, high rates of student failure in U.S. history, and significant numbers of teachers with little American history teaching experience. Activities include four day-long retreats with historians, four day-long retreats with history educators, a two-day leadership retreat, and the use of evaluation...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

On Wednesday, November 30th, the New Media Lab (NML) will host an event to showcase innovative work by CUNY faculty and doctoral students that incorporates new technology into their scholarship. The NML Expo will feature panel discussions and demonstrations that address the challenges posed by new media in doctoral training and the latest approaches to using interactive technology in the graduate classroom. Come, participate, and learn about the opportunities and benefits available to faculty and GC students at the New Media Lab.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 1 – 4:00 pm Martin Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

As biographies top bestseller lists and take up ever more shelf space at chain bookstores, some academic historians hold these popular publications at arm’s length and decry their narrow approach and lack of rigor. But what are the possibilities and limitations of biography as a medium for communicating history? As part of a series of public seminars on the presentation of the past, on December 20, 2005, ASHP/CML will host a conversation about history and biography at the City University of New York Graduate Center. A panel of historians and publishing professionals will address how scholars use biography as a...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Check out the new design of our award-winning online gateway and resource for teaching the U.S. past, History Matters with improved navigation to get you to the site’s most popular and useful features and a less somber (New York black) appearance!Read more

Published March 24, 2011

In our second year of providing professional development to New York City public school teachers through the federally-funded Teaching American History initiative, ASHP/CML is conducting two large programs serving teachers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island (in addition to offering workshops through other TAH-funded projects). These programs have enabled ASHP/CML to undertake in-depth work with 80 middle and high school social studies teachers, challenging them to engage with broad historical questions and helping them to develop classroom materials appropriate to their students’ diverse needs.

Thomas Nast political cartoon, 1867.
A political cartoon by Thomas Nast published
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Published March 24, 2011

For the last few years, ASHP/CML has participated in a national education reform initiative focusing on improving student achievement in new small schools. Making Connections program has worked with new small public secondary schools in the Bronx to develop rigorous professional development models to enrich interdisciplinary humanities education. The program seeks to address some of the challenges facing new small schools such as sustaining effective learning communities, particularly with educators new to teaching.

Bronx New Small Schools teachers
Bronx New Small Schools teachers showcase activity examining race in U.S. history: (left to right, standing) John Murren
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Published March 24, 2011

The Lost Museum, ASHP/CML’s online re-creation of Barnum’s American Museum and introduction to mid-nineteenth-century U.S. history, won the Platinum Award for Interactive-Educational New Media at the 38th annual WorldFest Film Festival. Worldfest, one of the oldest competitive international media Festivals, was held in Houston, Texas, during the last week in April 2005. In April The Lost Museum also was the recipient of an Honorable Mention Award for excellence in interactive media production in the Horizon Interactive Awards competition.Read more

Published March 24, 2011

Each year a committee of librarians from The New York Public Library selects reference books and websites to be designated “Best of Reference” based on their usefulness in local branch reference work. This year our History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web website was among the 25 recipients of this citation celebrated at a ceremony at NYPL’s Donnell Library Center on April 29th.

This is the second year an ASHP/CML online resource has been cited by the New York Public Library: The September 11 Digital Archive (also produced in collaboration with the Center for History and New...Read more

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