I am extremely happy to announce the launch of the project Globalizing US History Survey: Free, Self-Paced, Online, Collaborative, Professional Development Modules
We feel this project is ideal for the demands of the AP US History Course, IB History of Americas, the Common Core, and any US History course state standards. Teachers, curriculum specialists, scholars, and anyone interested in this topic are welcome to engage with this project.
For a general overview, checkout this screencast about the project!
If you can’t wait and want to get right in here is the project link:
We just want to repeat… this project is a 100% free professional development opportunity that utilizes social media, self-pacing, and professional collaboration.
The concept was part of my graduate work at Northeastern University during my MA in History in 2011. Subsequently. the project was funded by the generosity of the Longview Foundation and was created in partnership with the NCHE. A major inspiration for my thinking was the 2000 La Pierta Report. The report welcomed the 21st century with a challenge to US history educators everywhere. I encourage you to read the entire piece. I have placed some main vision excerpts below:
“National history remains important, and will of course continue to be so in the future. But the national history we are describing resituates the nation as one of many scales, foci, and themes of historical analysis. Our students and public audiences will gain a heightened sense of nation-making…
By looking beyond the official borders of the United States and back again, students, we anticipate, will better understand the emergence of the United States in the world and the significance of its direct power and presence. We expect them to understand the controversial power and presence of the United States as a symbol beyond our borders. We hope students will gain a historical comprehension of the difference between being a peripheral colony and a powerful nation, and they will be introduced to some of the large historical processes, not all contained within the nation, that might explain such a shift in the geography of global power…
We believe that there is a general societal need for such enlarged historical understanding of the United States. We hope that the history curriculum at all levels, not only in colleges and universities but also in the K-12 levels will address itself to these issues… It is essential that college and university departments–which carry the responsibility for training historians who will teach at the K-12 levels–begin this work of integration…
The United States history survey course is properly a focal point for the creation of an internationalized American history. If in the survey course one embraces the simple advice to follow the people, the money, the knowledges, and the things, one would quite easily–on the basis of pure empiricism–find oneself internationalizing the study of American history.”
Recent trends have called for the “globalizing” of American education through 21st Century teaching and learning and the Common Core State Standards. These educational demands coincide with efforts in the history profession to internationalize the United States history survey course. Combined, these two paradigm shifts have generated demand to construct and teach histories that are rigorous and relevant in preparation for college and career readiness. Globalizing history education, therefore, involves an “opening” of students’ conceptions of the past through expanded content, broader methodology, and units of analysis that go beyond the nation. Preparing history teachers to do this is integral to the longevity and success of global education. This project addresses gaps in thought leadership and the scarcity of professional development programs dedicated to globalizing the U.S. history survey.
At the core of this project are five modules participants engage with at their own pace. The predicted time to complete each module is 6 hours. The five project modules, listed below, span the 20th century
Each module has a similar structure and features. In addition to selected primary and secondary sources/media, five scholars created presentations unique to this project.
- Gregg Brazinsky – George Washington University
- Joseph R. Golowka – Binghamton University
- Greg Adler – Eastside Union High School District
- Eric D. Pullin – Carthage College
- P. Masila Mutisya – North Carolina Central University
Also, Dr. Peter Stearns was generous enough to lend his support of the project. He notes “”A more global framework creates new perspectives, and some fresh challenges, making American history a livelier experience and, of course, linking it to other history courses in a less fragmented way. Ultimately, I would suggest, a global approach to American history lets us deal with three key, and difficult, questions – important ones, but tough ones as well.” See his full recording here.
In addition, each module had multiple teacher reviewers give feedback on the functionality,aesthetic, structure, clarity, utility, and resources of the modules. Their insight was invaluable.
A View of Professional Development for Educators
This style of PD challenges the utility of the large conference. These tend to be a one size fits all approach which ignores the personalization we celebrate in contemporary education with our students. Often, these presentations demand little to nothing form participants. Yet, you still get credit hours/points for just being there. This is hardly a 21st century approach for our profession.
This project celebrates teacher creativity, agency, leadership, and content expertise . It requires participants to generate resources and contribute content knowledge for the network to use. Upon completion of a module, participants will receive a PD certificate emailed from the NCHE to add to your professional file.
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Access to the project and the 5 PD modules is through Blackboard Coursesites a free LMS. It utilizes a self-enrolling policy, so sign right up.