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Teaching American History Resources: NHEC & TAH
The Evaluation Solutions blog will be highlighting lots of great resources out there for United States Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) grants, with which we have a lots of evaluation experience. One such resource is the National History Education Clearinghouse (NHEC) at TeachingHistory.org.  Their TAH section has a lot of helpful content that can help you ensure your grant is on the right track.  Learn from the lessons already learned by other TAH grants (like tips on how best to model historical thinking), find out what other innovative TAH grants are up to, and watch video from the intensive three day TAH project director’s conference. For instance, consider the words of this associate professor in the History Department at Boise State University:
John Bieter: So many of the grants, I think, separate content and pedagogy. So they do summer intensives that are loaded up with wonderful scholars that come in and do wonderful work, but if I’m a classroom teacher, 5th grade, 9th grade, or 11th grade, and I’ve got 20 minutes to cover this topic—four days is going to enrich me tremendously, but can I really distill that down to something my students could use? And can I—I would argue, most importantly, develop a set of skills that are going to be retained as long or, we hope, even longer than the information, that may or may not be relatively fleeting? So what we really try to do consciously, and I think the biggest—Kathleen and I sat down after year one and said we really need to retool—is to develop content and pedagogy alongside of each other and to integrate that in everything that you do. So with all your partners, insist that they do that. With your scholars, get them to practice exactly this model that we’ve been trying to do.
NHEC also posts some of these videos on YouTube. For instance, what is historical thinking? Check out the NHEC YouTube channel.
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