Teaching American History Consortium
Profiles and Perspectives in American History is a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that targets the improvement of teachers’ content and pedagogical knowledge and skills. The intent of the project is to provide opportunities for teachers of U.S. history to gain a personal, applicable understanding of traditional American history. As such, there are four overall project objectives:
- Objective 1: Increase teachers’ knowledge of American history.
- Objective 2: Increase the percentage of teachers who participate in at least
75% of professional development hours offered by the project.
- Objective 3: Increase teachers’ use of American history teaching best practices.
- Objective 4: Raise student achievement in American history.
Project activities include professional development in the form of seminars, summer academies, field research, independent study, and in-class support.
Annual professional development content includes:
- Year 1: Profiles & Perspectives of Colonial America and the early Republic
- Year 2: Profiles & Perspectives on 19th century America
- Year 3: Profiles & Perspectives on 20th century America
- Year 4: Profiles & Perspectives on American foreign policy
- Year 5: Profiles & Perspectives on critical American issues