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Thinking Historically: A Statewide Approach to the Professional Development of American History Teachers in Hawaii

The University of Hawaii, Chaminade University, Hawaii Council for the Humanities, and museums on each major island will collaborate with the DOE to immerse pre-/in-service teachers in major issues of American history, link history with civic responsibilities, enhance instruction in low-income schools, nurture collaboration and mentoring among historians and teachers, and make technology and other resources available. Along with Visiting Scholar days for K-12 teachers, Summer History Colloquia and follow-up workshops address the colonial period and Revolution for elementary school teachers, the Civil War and Reconstruction for middle school teachers, and the 20th century for high school teachers. A recruitment program is aimed at university students and a 5-day Summer History Academy will be held for all teachers. Additional partners include Mission Houses Museum, USS Arizona Memorial, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Kauai Children's Discovery Center, and Lyman Museum.