Enduring Visions: Historical Views of Americans and Their World
In these Tennessee districts, most students have demonstrated low achievement in social studies and U.S. history, and the history teachers do not have access to content-related professional development. Each year of the project, teachers will participate in four mini-institutes that provide historical thinking themes, such as perspective and sequencing. One of the institutes will feature a keynote presentation on different strategies, including using film or art in teaching. Teachers will attend a 2-day institute that includes visits to local sites and focus groups on various strategies, such as technology, use of student achievement data and National History Day. Hands-on learning experiences will be provided through summer institutes in Boston, Washington, D.C., and additional locations. The teachers will be paired in cohorts of 4th/8th grades and 5th/11th grades. The teachers will learn about founding documents, primary sources, local history resources, technology tools, National History Day and other research-based teaching strategies. A Web site will host the project's products, including videos of historian presentations using integrated hands-on activities, footage of teachers modeling proven teaching strategies and teacher-created materials, such as piloted lesson plans and primary source document readers organized by themes, eras and grade levels.