Teaching Materials
Ask a Master Teacher
Lesson Plan Gateway
Lesson Plan Reviews
State Standards
Teaching Guides
Digital Classroom
Ask a Digital Historian
Tech for Teachers
Beyond the Chalkboard
History Content
Ask a Historian
Beyond the Textbook
History Content Gateway
History in Multimedia
Museums and Historic Sites
National Resources
Website Reviews
Issues and Research
Report on the State of History Education
Research Briefs
Best Practices
Examples of Historical Thinking
Teaching in Action
Teaching with Textbooks
Using Primary Sources
TAH Projects
Lessons Learned
Project Directors Conference
Project Spotlight
TAH Projects
Technical Working Group
Research Advisors
Teacher Representatives
Quiz Rules
Teaching History.org logo and contact info

Leading Educators Through America's Past

At these districts in south central Tennessee, student performance on history tests is falling and teachers have little access to professional development. Project activities each year will include six half-day historical encounter sessions; a historical immersion field institute (e.g., studying genealogy at Ellis Island, exploring resources at the Library of Congress); mentoring and observation opportunities; and additional sessions of online and in-person learning. Three times during the grant period, teachers will participate in a 2-day summer colloquium that examines a theme through rare documents, images, interpretive text and primary resources. Two cohorts of 50 teachers each will participate, with teachers coming from high-need schools; K-5 teachers will make up the first cohort in Years 1 and 2, and teachers of Grades 6-12 will make up the second in Years 4 and 5. The cohorts will overlap during Year 3, with the first cohort providing support to the second as they share strategies, instructional materials and content information. Five teachers each year will be selected as teacher leaders; they will attend training at Colonial Williamsburg in preparation for delivering future training to teachers outside the project. Teachers will be introduced to strategies designed to engage students in learning, including problem-solving strategies, writing for understanding and other approaches taught by the Teachers’ Curriculum Institute. A project Web site and a Moodle interface will provide access to standards-based lessons, videos of historical encounter sessions and links to research-based activities. Project partners will collaborate to produce an online, theme-based professional development program that can be shared with other Teaching American History programs and teachers.