Teaching American History as a Dynamic Discipline
The district is partnering with Fairfield University, New Britain Museum of American Art, the Organization of American Historians, and Yale University to provide an immersion program in traditional American history for secondary teachers. Overarching goals include improving students' appreciation of U.S. history as a dynamic discipline, ability to recognize multiple perspectives, support interpretations with evidence, identify concepts, and comprehend changes in interpretations over time. After-school interactive presentations by historians, workshops, summer institutes, technology training, and creation of a professional network are combined with visits to archival sites and documentation of classroom practices, resources, and historian presentations to preserve and build on project findings. Content will finalized in collaboration with participants, but tentative themes are: "American history as seen through primary sources and local history," "Multiple perspectives in the 19th century," The 20th century and changing points of view."