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The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to recognize the contributions made by school teachers to improve U.S. history education. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and students, memorializes the career of Professor Tachau, University of Louisville, for her path-breaking efforts to build bridges between university and school history teachers. The award will be presented at the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting.


Now is the time to begin planning for your students to participate in the National History Day competition 2016–17. NHD makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historical, cultural and social experiences of the past. In the fall, students will choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. They look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites.

Join the Choices Program for Professional Development this fall. Get ready to implement Choices in your classroom. Led by a local Teaching Fellow or a Choices staff member, introductory workshops are designed to introduce teachers to Choices curriculum units and approach. The workshops are participatory, “so come ready to be engaged and inspired.”

Each Choices introductory workshop includes:

The National Humanities Center presents ongoing professional development with its “America In Class” primary and secondary resources, webinars, and lessons for history teachers. The fall 2016 schedule of webinars features topics such as “Wampum and the Early Shaping of America,” “Jefferson as Leader, ”Lincoln as Leader,” and “Gender in Antebellum African American Autobiographies.”  Visit


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