July 07, 2008
By Elisabeth Grant
The AHA’s commitment to and involvement in K-12 history is over a hundred years old (see 1898 report The Study of History in Schools). These days the AHA’s support of K-12 teaching can be seen in instances like offering the Beveridge Family Teaching Prize (for “excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching”), support of reports like The Next Generation of History Teachers, and the on going activities of the AHA’s Teaching Division.
This post highlights a number of Perspectives on History articles, AHA Today blog posts, and other resources that may be of interest to history teachers in elementary and high schools.
Perspectives on History Articles
- K–12 Teaching: Why Should We Care? – May 2008. A recent article on improving K-12 education.
- "The Global Village": Teaching U.S. History in a Multicultural Classroom – April 2008. One high school history teacher shares his experience of teaching a “diverse student population” and how that affected how he taught.
- Internationalization of Training for K–12 Teachers: What Historians Can Do – March 2008. In this article Ann Imlah Schneider, an independent international education consultant in Washington, D.C., reports on her project’s findings on “the problems and prospects for internationalizing the undergraduate training of K–12 teachers.”
- World History for Us All: An Innovative World History Curriculum – May 2007. Ross E. Dunn looks at the site World History for Us All, and its “treasury of teaching materials.”
- After National Standards, What Next for History in the Schools? – September 1998. This article is ten years old, but considers questions about K-12 education that are still relevant today
Numerous resources have been profiled on AHA Today. Below are some posts that point to relevant resources for K-12 educators. Find even more online resources through the blog.
- The National History Education Clearinghouse
- A Plethora of Lesson Plans at EDSITEment
- MIT for High Schoolers
- Women’s History Lesson Plans for Middle and High School Teachers
- The Illinois State Archives Supports Teaching through Primary Sources
- Civil Rights Digital Library
- Discover the Digital History Reader
- Training Teachers to Teach History in K–12 Schools – a collection of five methods courses for training prospective K–12 history teachers.
- Building Successful Collaborations to Enhance History Teaching in Secondary Schools – An online publication by Kathleen Steeves that examines collaborations between “teachers, history professors, public historians, history/social studies educators, and school administrators.”
- Publications on Teaching Concerns – Publications from the AHA for teachers at all levels.