An image of the American flag, and glass lenses. It reads,Teaching American History, Annual Project Directors Conference, August 8—10, 2011, Washington, D.C., Lens on Talent: Portraits of Great History Teachers, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement.

THEMES AND OBJECTIVES

The goal of this conference is to examine what it means to be a history teacher today. To achieve this goal, we have developed the theme of Lens on Talent: Portraits of Great History Teachers. This conference will feature presenters and panels that have been involved in developing the history education profession

Within this overall theme, we have developed four conference strands. These are:

STRAND A— PROVIDING HISTORT CONTENT THROUGH QUALITY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION

History content and pedagogy training are components of all Teaching American History (TAH) projects. These sessions will focus on how to develop a high-quality professional development program that helps teachers translate TAH training (both content and pedagogy) into actual classroom implementation. Sessions focus on historical content and subjects and also include topics such as making teacher travel meaningful, working with content experts, planning and scheduling training institutes, the importance of technology integration, and methods of professional development that seem to have the largest impact on teachers.

STRAND B— CAPTURING THE TEACHER PERSPECTIVE: GAINING NEW PERSPECTIVES FROM TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS

Presenters will include teachers, project personnel, and district administrators. These sessions will provide attendees with a better understanding of the overall experience that a teacher gains from participating in a TAH project. Presenters will discuss what content, tools, and types of experiences would better assist history teachers with raising student achievement.

STRAND C — EVALUTATION FOR PROJECT ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESULTS

Evaluations make an important contribution to the overall TAH program and to individual projects. These sessions will provide specific and practical information on how to improve grantees’ individual evaluation plans to include data collection and reporting that will serve to enhance individual projects and inform the overall TAH program. Presenters will include information on how to adapt specific evaluation strategies and methods to a variety of TAH projects.

STRAND D — TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND MORE

To respond to the current climate of uncertainty, the TAH staff has developed presentations on issues of interest and concern to the TAH community. Sessions will include presentations on expanding teacher and project director networks and focusing on and supporting teacher successes.  TAH staff will also share key information on leveraging Department resources to benefit schools and districts and to make Federal dollars go farther and be more effective.  Finally, staff will share with participants practices and strategies in the field for sustaining TAH projects and integrating TAH professional development with local and regional resources and organizations.

 

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