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.


Please note that the structure of this year's conference includes four main strands that are color coded as follows:

(A) Providing History Content Through Quality Professional Development Implementation
(B) Gaining New Perspectives from Teachers and Administrators
(C) Evaluation for Project Accountability and Results
(D) Teaching American History Technical Assistance and More

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Monday, August 8, 2011

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

Christine Miller, Acting Team Leader
Teaching American History Program
Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

Peggi Zelinko, Director
Teacher Quality Programs
Office of Innovation and Improvement
U.S. Department of Education

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

Emily Archer, U.S. Department of Education

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Meeting Room 2

A (1) – History as Stories: The Art of Teaching through Field Studies

Minuette Floyd, Val Littlefield and Bob Petrulis, University of South Carolina, SC
Deloris Pringle, Williamsburg County School District, SC
Larry Watson, South Carolina State University, SC

Meeting Room 3

A (2) – Avoiding the History Vacation: Strategies for Creating Quality Content-Based Field Experiences

Elizabeth Hedler, Ohio Historical Society, OH
Cynthia Little, Philadelphia History Museum, PA
Rhonda Newton, Pennsylvania Heritage Society, PA
Andrea Reidell, National Archives at Philadelphia, PA

Meeting Room 4

A (3) –  Using Moodle Courses to Enhance the Teaching of Primary Sources

Laura Sampson, Education Development Center, MA
Adrienne Stang, Newton Public Schools, MA

Meeting Room 5

B (1) – Positive, Powerful, Professional Development: History Teacher’s Perspective on the TAH Grant

Meg Deweese and Janet Thomas, Tulsa Public Schools, OK

Meeting Room 8/9

B (2) – Strengthening our Practice and Perspective through     Cooperative Learning Study

Rose Darrough and Laurie Mosier, San Diego County Office of Education, CA
Michael Henderson, California State University, San Marcos, CA

Meeting Room 10/11

B (3) – I’ll Never Forget the time…! Presenting Evidence of Learning to the New World

Jennifer Swan, New Heights Charter School, CA

Meeting Room 12

C (1) – Evaluation by Collaboration: A Winning Formula

Karen Kortecamp, The George Washington University, DC
Linda Spoales, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD

Meeting Room 13/14

C (2) – Lessons Learned from a TAH Evaluation at the Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MA

Kenneth Rath, SageFox Consulting Group, MA

Renaissance East/West

D (1) – New Project Directors Bootcamp

Emily Archer, Mia Howerton, Harry Kessler, and Asheley McBride
U.S. Department of Education, DC

11:45 a .m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Meeting Room 2

A (1) – African-American Struggle for Equality: Modeling an Inquiry-Based Approach to the Common Core State Standards

Richard Cairn, Collaborative for Educational Services, MA
Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse, Collaborative for Educational Services, MA

Meeting Room 3

A (2) – The Barber of Birmingham — Professional Development that Translates into Classroom Practice

Avi Black, Alameda County Office of Education, CA
Deborah Granger, Orange County Department of Education, CA
Marsha Ingrao, Tulare County Office of Education, CA

Meeting Room 4

A (3) – TAH Goes Virtual — Maximize your Grant’s Impact with Web 2.0 Tools

Samantha Bowman, Shauna Liverotti, and Laura Wakefield
Florida Virtual School, FL

Meeting Room 8/9

B (1) – Down from the Ivory Tower: Co-Teaching to Enhance Professional Development

Laura Beth Arnold, Little Rock School District, AR
Michael Grady, Saint Louis University, MO
James Ross, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR

Meeting Room 10/11

B (2) – Connecting the Founding Fathers and their Friends...or Not!
Second Presentation

Debra Cline, Jan Rolan, and Pamela Smith, Granite School District, UT

Meeting Room 12

B (3) – Looking Through the Lenses of Some Atypical TAH Teachers

Sue Baloian and Lisa Benham, and Florence Guzman,
Fresno County Office of Education, CA
Jami Beck, Three Rivers Union School, CA
Jennifer Price-Airheart, Steinback (John) Elementary School, CA

West A

C (1) – Utilizing Data to Direct Instruction: The Data Informed History Instruction Model

Jim David, Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement, TN

West B

C (2) – Teaching American History National Evaluation

Beth Yeh, U.S. Department of Education, DC

Renaissance East

D (1) – New Project Directors Bootcamp

Emily Archer, Mia Howerton, Harry Kessler, and Asheley McBride
U.S. Department of Education, DC

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Regional Breakout Sessions

West A

Central Region – AR, CO, IA, KS, MN, MT, NE, ND, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY

Emily Archer and Harry Kessler

West B

Mid-Atlantic Region – DE, MD, NC, NJ, PA, VA, WV

Margarita Melendez

Renaissance East

Midwest Region – IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, OH, WI

Asheley McBride and James Nosal

Grand Ballroom

Northeastern Region – CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT

Adam Bookman and Bonnie Carter

Grand BallroomSouth

Southern Region – AL, FL, GA, MS, SC, TN, VI

Christine Miller

Meeting Room 10/11

Western Region – AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, OR, NV, WA

Mia Howerton
End of Day ONE


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