This past June a number of staff from the AHA and I had the opportunity to serve as judges in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, held at the University of Maryland-College Park.
The AHA has been following the controversy over the College Board’s revised curriculum framework for Advanced Placement US History.
“It’s our history, don’t make it mystery!”
Today’s What We’re Reading features the unstoppable Teddy Roosevelt, student walkouts in Colorado, animals on trial, and much more!
If you haven’t thanked a teacher this week, there’s still time. As Teacher Appreciation Week winds down and students and teachers alike turn to appreciation of summer, we offer just the slimmest sample of links to articles in Perspectives on History by committed, engaged, and innovative history teachers over the past few years.
The articles below are just a taste of what’s appeared in Perspectives on History. We welcome other links and resources in the comments section. We also recommend our Resources for Teachers page.
History Blueprint is a new history teaching website spearheaded by the California History-Social Science Project at the University of California, Davis. Just recently launched, the site currently offers one curriculum unit (on the Civil War) and three prototypes of teaching tools.
The AHA is a partner in this History Blueprint project, and was pleased to be represented by AHA Council and Teaching Division member Anne Hyde, who contributed by helping build the Civil War unit. Read on for her report on the experience and how the History Blueprint project will continue in the future.
The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the expansion of the William Gilbert Award for the Best Article on History Teaching. Starting this year, the award will be conferred annually and the winning author of the article as well as the journal that publishes it will each receive $1,000. These changes will (we hope) encourage journals to accept more articles on the teaching of history.
Edwyna Gilbert, a professor of English at the University of Kansas, established the award in the memory of her late husband, a historian, in 1995.
Teachers registered for the 126th annual meeting can earn Continuing Professional Development Units for attending sessions and workshops. The Illinois state form will be provided daily to be completed by the teacher for each day attended. Teachers from outside the state of Illinois may be able to use the form for their own state’s requirements. A new form will be available each day in Registration located in River Exhibition Hall B in the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
See also our past blog post, Teaching Sessions at the 2012 Annual Meeting, for a complete list of workshops, luncheons, receptions, and sessions for teachers and those with a special interest in teaching—featuring at least one activity in every time slot from Friday morning through Sunday.