As a in three on-going Teaching American Education grants (US Department of Education) – Rockford Public Schools “History Connections,” Homewood-Flossmoor’s “American History Consortium,” and Woodstock Schools’ “American Freedom, American Liberties” – NIU’s program is directly involved in workign with current teachers on the content and historiography of our nation’s history and providing professional development that will shape the future of teaching in northern Illinois for years to come. With more than seven U.S. historians involved in these outreach projects, NIU’s history department has shown its commitment to improving the quality of education beyond its own doors.
Homewood Flossmoor Teaching American History Consortium--http://www.hfahc.org/
Built around a series of deciated graduate courses, the high school teachers in this grant undertake the study of American history with some of the regions leading professors. Participants are expected to undertake research and write original lesson plans using the knowledge gained. Once completed the participants present their lessons as an open symposium for other teachers to explore and comment upon, while a noted scholar is also invited to deliver a keynote address.
Rockford Public Schools "History Connections"-- http://webs.rps205.com/departments/tah/
By focusing on local connections to the larger American story, this grant, using a series of workshops, field trips, and symosiums, engages more than forty teachers each year in the best of contemproary scholarship. Recent symposiums have focused on African American history, Women's history, and Rockford and regional history.
This grant employs a series of modules to help develop a deeper understanding of the themese and events in US history. Participants take extended, dedicated graduate courses, seminars, workshops, and field trips to broaden their knowledge. They work in conjunction with a Historian-in-Residence to develop teaching ideas and lesson plans that reflect the latest in scholarship.