Recognizing the urgent need for students to understand the emergence of the United States’ power and prestige in relation to world events, America on the World Stage: A Global Perspective to U.S. History (Organization of American Historians, 2008) reframes the teaching of American history in a global context. Each essay covers a specific chronological period and approaches fundamental topics and events in United States history from an international perspective, emphasizing how the development of the United States has always depended on its transactions with other nations for commodities, cultural values, and populations. For each historical period, the authors also provide practical guidance on bringing this international approach to the classroom, with suggested lesson plans and activities. America on the World Stage Teaching American History Grant is a five year project (2009-14) that brings the book of the same name to life through a series of interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, research and curriculum design, and summer travel courses. Our approach will be to explore the international perspectives of American history through a series of benchmark topics.
Opportunities for Teachers
The grant program is divided into three modules per school year, each with its own theme and lasting from 8-12 weeks, and a summer travel experience. Each year teachers will have several possible opportunities for paid participation in the grant:
• Speaker Series
– Each module will feature two evening lectures, usually featuring authors from the book (six per year total.) Doors will open at 5:30 PM with light refreshments, and all sessions will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Teachers who attend both lectures in a module will receive a stipend of $150 per module. Participants will also receive a copy of the America on the World Stage book to use as a text guide for the entire five year design. All interested teachers may pre-register and attend.
• Hands-on History Lab - In Module 7, a maximum of 25 teachers from any grade level will be invited to attend a two day History Lab (scheduled for October 20-21) to support the speaker series content. Participants must attend both speaker lectures, and they will receive an additional $150 stipend for the Lab days. Teachers will NOT have to create teaching kits for publication, and they are not eligible for the summer 2012 field experience. Interested teachers can sign up during the registration process.
• Teacher Scholars Program – The Teacher Scholars will participate in additional professional development beyond the speaker series and will design instructional projects based on the module theme. Projects will focus on transferring content from the speakers into classroom curriculum and will include a technology focus. Teachers will have the opportunity to publish their work through the grant.
Module 8 will focus on Kindergarten through USII (6th or 7th grade depending on the school district) and will last approximately twelve weeks. All published teachers will receive $1,250 and be eligible to participate in a multi-day summer travel experience sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Titled “Immigration at the Turn of the 20th Century”, we anticipate scheduling this field course in June 2012 in Chicago. All course materials and travel expenses are covered.
Module 9 will focus on Virginia Studies through 12th grade and will last approximately twelve weeks. These Transatlantic Teacher Scholars will work side-by-side with a cohort of teachers from schools around the United Kingdom. With funding support by the U.S. Embassy in London and the National Archives of Britain, these two groups will collaborate a series of long-distance learning activities, including working with university historians and professional archives to uncover meaningful classroom connections in the topic in approximately twelve weeks. All published teacher scholars will be invited to investigate the historical sites and places of each World War in destinations throughout Europe (tentatively scheduled for August 2012).
All of the following subject area teachers are eligible for paid participation in the grant:
1. Virginia Studies/U.S. History/U.S Government (Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 )
2. World History (Grades 9, 10)
3. Elementary (Grades K-3)
4. Humanities/World Studies
5. Special Education collaborative teachers who work with Social Studies educators
6. Media Center Specialists
7. Instructional Coaches
If you are interested in attending but unsure of your eligibility, please contact your Committee representative.