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Developing Master Teachers in American History

The project brings New York University's School of Education and College of Arts and Science, the Museum of the City of New York, Colonial Williamsburg, and the National Park Service together to provide teachers in grades 4, 7 and 8 with advanced history education and pedagogical training. The program includes summer institutes and school year follow-up, electronic field trips, interactive classroom events, seminars, videoconferencing, and mentoring from a historian-in-residence. Institutes will introduce participants to the approaches and methods used by historians and cover major events from the Age of Discovery to the dawn of the 21st century. Topics include early and 18th century America, the Jacksonian movement, Civil and post-Civil War, urbanization, social protest in the 19th and 20th centuries, and emergence of the U.S. as w world power. A resulting master teacher cadre is intended to serve as a change agent by mentoring colleagues.