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What Makes Professional Development Meaningful for History Teachers?

Dagoberto Eli Ramirez
Teaching American History Grant Project Director (La Joya, TX)

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Second graders can teach us a lot about the specific attributes of professional development that are most meaningful and lasting for history teachers.  Read more »

Mark Wilensky
Fifth-grade Teacher & Teaching American History Grant Project Team Instructor (Colorado)

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Effective professional development should have only two rules for history teachers: leave everything at the door and hold on tight.  Read more »

Marjorie Freyer
Teaching American History Grant Project Coordinator (Tuscaloosa, AL)

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Content, pedagogy, and follow-up must be woven together to create and sustain meaningful and lasting professional development.  Read more »

Stephanie Downey & Franny Kent-Del Valle
Managing Director, RK&A; Director, Children’s Center, Museum of the City of New York

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We ask an important question: Can you use museums as a resource to enhance your own education, breathe life into your traditional social studies curriculum, and get students excited about learning history? But of course!  Read more »

Michael Grady
Professor of Education, Saint Louis University

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Teachers should be active partners in their quest for professional development. Acknowledging that teachers know what they need to know encourages them to pursue that knowledge.  Read more »

Jack Bareilles
Teaching American History Grant Project Director (Humboldt County, CA)

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Professional development is not a summer-exclusive activity. In fact, it is often easier to integrate information learned during professional development experiences if they occur during the school year.  Read more »

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