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Establishing, Expanding, and Contesting Freedoms

In his keynote at the National Staff Development Council, Dr. Mike Schmoker stated that the single factor having the largest impact on achievement and college readiness is “teacher effect.” An effective teacher needs both a depth of content knowledge and effective practices. Establishing, Expanding, and Contesting Freedoms will ensure that project teachers examine and improve their understanding of the relationship of historical events to vital themes in U.S. history and effective instructional practices to help students engage in American history and enable them to engage in historical writing – the search to reconstruct what went before, a quest illuminated by ever-changing prisms that continually place old questions in a new light.


What Participants Are Saying…

I AM FLOORED at how amazing each TAH session is! I appreciate getting to feel like a grad-student again. I go back to the classroom each time with a renewed passion for my content. I could not be more proud to be a HISTORY teacher... asking my students to think critically of the past and the world around them today, to make connections, and to create IDEAS and THEORIES and OPINIONS about how or why the world is shaped the way it is today.

Being a part of this grant also allows me to connect with other history teachers from the metro area who are passionate not only about their students, but also our content. We lovingly call our TAH experiences "nerd-ing out"!! This school year has been particularly rejuvenating and I am certain it is due to the time I have been given to grow, with other history teachers, in my content.