At a Glance


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

According to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's website, the organization "promotes the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation's diverse historic resources, and advises the President and the Congress on national historic preservation policy."

At first glance, educators may not find much on the website itself to utilize in their classrooms or professional development. That said, the organization does promote youth involvement in historic preservation, describing programs and initiatives on its "Youth & Historic Preservation" page. Primary among these is the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse website, which may prove useful if you are looking for ways to study history in cooperation with the greater community.

The service-learning site includes a large database of lesson plans which, conveniently, are searchable by grade level and general subject matter. "Oral history" and "Historic preservation" are the offered topics most likely to be of use in a history classroom.

Other areas of potential interest include a list of current funding opportunities and a full-text link to the guidebook High Quality Instruction That Transforms: A Guide to Implementing Quality Academic Service-Learning.