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Andrews, Gordon; Warren, Wilson J.; Brown, Sarah Drake – History Teacher, 2013
In April 2011, Congress slashed funding for a majority of programs tied to education. Several programs related to professional development for teachers did not survive. While cut severely--from $119 million in Fiscal Year 2010 to $46 million (a loss of $73 million or 61% of its funding)--Teaching American History (TAH) grants lived, albeit by…
Descriptors: College Instruction, History Instruction, Faculty Development, Grants
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Bain, Robert B. – History Teacher, 2012
Since 2005, the author and Elizabeth Moje have been engaged in a project to create a more coherent and cohesive program to prepare secondary teachers at the University of Michigan, a project they call the Clinical Rounds Project. Central to this effort has been their use of "disciplinary literacy" to build connections and enhance…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Social Sciences, Preservice Teachers, Literacy
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Fillpot, Elise – History Teacher, 2009
Bringing history home, an elementary history curriculum and professional development project, began in 2001. As originally conceived, the project's main purpose was to move history from the margins described by Bruce VanSledright into the mainstream of the K-5 school day. Seven years later, the Bringing History Home (BHH) instructional units are…
Descriptors: United States History, Curriculum Design, Social Studies, History Instruction
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Taylor, Julie Anne – History Teacher, 2008
Established in 1880, the University Musical Society (U.M.S.) in Ann Arbor, Michigan is one of the most innovative venues for music and the performing arts in the United States. Each season, it offers performances by renowned American and international artists. Through the society's youth education program, performers entertain and educate…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Lesson Plans, Instructional Materials, Preservice Teachers
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Olwell, Russell – History Teacher, 2007
It is not too early to ask what legacy the Teaching American History grants will leave behind. Put another way, when all the money is spent, when all the seminars are done, when all the professional development has ended, what evidence will there be that the program ever existed? Will historians in the future look back at the evidence left behind…
Descriptors: Historians, Grants, United States History, History Instruction
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Warren, Wilson J. – History Teacher, 2007
One of the great challenges for the Teaching American History (TAH) grant program is changing conventional K-12 history pedagogy. The literature is full of a myriad of complaints about the traditionally poor pedagogy of secondary school history teachers. History faculty are among the most severe critics. Yet their complaints are often fuzzy and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), United States History, Teaching Methods, Grants
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Hall, Timothy D.; Scott, Renay – History Teacher, 2007
The aim of the Central Michigan University Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Teaching American History (TAH) Project has been to forge a model of professional development that would not merely improve teachers' knowledge of events, people, and dates, but to go beyond this to strengthen the understanding of the nature and practice of historical thinking,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, United States History, Professional Development
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Taylor, Julie Anne; Duran, Mesut – History Teacher, 2006
Meeting the demands of teaching in the digital age requires the identification of effective types of educational technology and ways of encouraging its use, and that was the aim of a "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology (PT3)" grant to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, from the United States Department of Education. This…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Grants, Elementary Secondary Education, Student Teachers
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Taylor, Julie A. – History Teacher, 2004
In this article, the author discusses the factors that contribute to the success of International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in teaching history to its high school students. In 2003, "Newsweek" ranked the academy number one in the nation. The secret to its success is a combination of high expectations set by both teachers and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, History Instruction, High Schools
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Olwell, Russell; Delph, Ronald – History Teacher, 2004
History departments are not generally known as hotbeds of assessment activity. Doctoral programs in history rarely touch the issue of how to assess student learning, while program review as an idea appears to many historians as an invasion of their turf by outsiders. At Eastern Michigan University, members of the faculty in the Department of…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Writing Ability, Research Papers (Students), Doctoral Programs
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Friedman, Hal M. – History Teacher, 2001
This article is an exploration of how the new early American cultural history can be employed in the first half of the standard American history survey. The author discovered that the New Cultural History can be an outstanding tool by which to introduce a highly culturally diverse student population to the multiracial, multicultural, and…
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, United States History, Course Objectives, Museums
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Ward, Robert M.; McCabe, Chica – History Teacher, 2000
Identifies the uses of plat books in teaching history and historical geography focusing on Washtenaw County in southeast Michigan as an example. States that plat books offer maps that indicate land ownership in addition to property location and size. Discusses French land claims and the Land Ordinance of 1785. Includes maps. (CMK)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Geography Instruction, History Instruction, Land Settlement