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Teaching American History


Teaching American History

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After a seminar with a scholar, teachers discuss how they can take the content back to their students through interactive, standards-based lessons.

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Teachers aboard the S.S.Lane Victory participate in collecting oral histories to learn content themselves, and to pick up techniques for using oral history methods with their students. A TAH teacher from another CRF partnership provided guidance on collecting oral histories and set up the WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam, “cold war,” Iraq, and other veterans to share their stories with the teachers.

"This program entices me to make American History more interesting for the students. I want to bring to my students what you brought to us through these trainings."

--American History Teacher, Montebello Unified School

Since 2001, Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) has worked with over 20 successful Teaching American History partnerships. CRF provides TAH partnerships with:

  • Design and delivery of professional development.
  • Curriculum materials for elementary, middle, and senior high U.S. History/Government.
  • Working relationships with scholars, museums, libraries, and other history institutions.
  • Working relationships with experienced TAH evaluators.
  • Opportunities for teachers to interact and network with each other and with teachers from other TAH partnerships.
  • Co-teaching, coaching, lesson study and other individualized professional development.

Partnerships with School Districts

Collaborating Partners

Additional Resources

Bill of Rights In Action
Foundations of our Constitution
Research Links
CRF Publications Catalog
Year One Evaluation of Teaching American History

Other American History Resources

DOE Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Teaching American History
Our Documents
One hundred  important documents from American history
National Archives and Records Administration

California History-Social Science Content Standards

If you are interested in working with CRF on a TAH partnership, please contact:

Keri Doggett, ( 213) 316-2115

The Teaching American History (TAH) Grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of these grants is to support programs that raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history.