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US History

Opening the Curricular Window: Indigenous Experiences, Primary Sources, and Inquiry

Primary sources advance social justice and curricular depth, if they support relevance, respect, and reciprocity. These tenets can also guide responsive connection to Indigenous experience within inquiry and digital learning.

Windows on the Southwest: Missions of Arizona and New Mexico

Take home classroom-ready materials from mission sites(Laguna, San Miguel, San Esteban del Rey, San Xavier del Bac). Meet "Padre Kino" in person... and include Latino history in your syllabus.

Be Your Own Publisher: Better Classroom Materials through ePUBs

Customize your own teaching materials! New software, mobile devices and online publishing allow you to produce and share amazing resources specific to your content and students. Useful for all grades.

Relevant Exploration of the Civil Rights Movement with Pre-K/Elementary Students

This session will explore dynamic strategies for integrating powerful themes embedded in the American civil rights movement into curriculum, field trips, and the daily classroom lives of young children.

To Bring or not to Bring!

Immigration past and present. To prioritize items that immigrants would need to survive in colonial era. Compare and contrast what immigrants would bring now to survive in the 21st century.

History, Technology & Literacy: Reaching Elementary Students Via Multimodal Resources

Discover how one museum engages students in American history via innovative and interactive online and distance learning resources which focus on content, literacy, and the stories of this nation's founding.

Preparing for the Common Core: Historical Fiction and the DBQ

This interactive presentation will emphasize the use of reading, writing and critical thinking in History, utilizing the Document Based Question (DBQ), historical fiction and alignment to the Common Core Standards.

Implementing the Common Core Using 17th and 18th Century Documents

Applying common core skills to colonial Dutch documents helps students develop a deep understanding of history. Participants will investigate Dutch influence on this country’s political, economic and cultural development.

"Thanks Ben for the Post Office!"

Images are the window into U.S. history. An envelope can hook students on history. By analyzing the stamp, postmark and artwork, students will remember documents, events and people.

Nature and Labor: From Disposability to Sustainability

Resource exploitation alienates us from our humanity and the world that sustains us. Engaging lessons explore how treating resources as disposable leads to treating workers as disposable, too.


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