The Let’s Do History Tour is a professional development program that is designed to energize the teaching of American history by introducing K-12 educators to exciting and effective techniques, powerful online tools, and authentic content that they can use in their classrooms. The program brings National Museum of American History (NMAH) staff to communities nationwide for teacher training that shares the Museum’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching with its focus on everyday objects, people-centered stories, and dialogue.
In this blog post, Mark Moore from the West Virginia Department of Education describes his experience bringing the Let's Do History Tour to his state.
A few sample teacher comments:
“My expectations were wildly surpassed. Best in-service I’ve attended in the past 5 years.”
“Next time a 5-day conference would be best! :-) This was great!”
“Knew that it would be different and interesting and invigorating and it was!”
Booking the Let's Do History Tour
Are you an administrator interested in bringing the Let's Do History Tour to your state or district? Here are the first steps:
Large Session Resources
Are you a teacher who attended either the elementary or secondary large group session? You can find links to resources from the program below.
Small Group Workshop Resources
Are you a teacher who attended small group session? You can find links to resources from the program below.
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Parent Night Resources
If you attended the parent night, you’ll find the accompanying resources below.
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- We also recommend the following articles:
- “Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History” by Steven Lubar and Kathleen Kendrick
- VanSledright, Bruce A. “Fifth Graders Investigating History in the Classroom: Results from a Researcher-Practitioner Design Experiment.” The Elementary School Journal 103.2 (2002), pp. 131-160.
- Wineburg, Samuel S. “Historical Problem Solving: A Study of the Cognitive Processes Used in the Evaluation of Documentary and Pictorial Evidence.” Journal of Educational Psychology 83.1 (1991), pp. 73-87.
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