District and TAH Workshops
When providing professional development programs, Choices collaborates with teachers and administrators to create programs that meet the specific needs of the schools or districts.
Programs focus on the Choices approach to addressing contested current and historical international issues. All programs take an interactive approach, giving participants first-hand experience with the Choices methodology from the students’ perspective. Participants engage in one or more model lessons from our curriculum units, including taking part in a role-play simulation that places students at the center of a debate on a critical current issue or at an historical turning point. All of our workshops provide an overview of the Choices approach and philosophy and suggest strategies for successfully implementing the Choices curriculum in the classroom. Further, the workshops engage participants in reflection and discussion around issues such as relevance to common core, 21st century skills and, differentiated instruction.
Teaching American History Programs
The goal of Choices' TAH programs is to strengthen and expand the teaching of U.S. foreign policy and international content within the core U.S. history curriculum. Multi-Day Teaching Institutes focus on an international theme within U.S. history, engage participants with scholars on the topic, and provide opportunities for teachers to explore ways to incorporate the Choices Program’s resources and approach to make these topics come alive for students in their classrooms. One-Day TAH Workshops are similar to district workshops (above). In addition, depending on arrangements, one or more scholars may provide an on-site session, appear via video conference, or be integrated through our Scholars Online videos.
Email Mimi Stephens, Professional Development Director to discuss possibilities for future programming.
The United States in Afghanistan: History and Civic Engagement in the Classroom
2012 Chicago Summer Institute
Choices Approach to History: Teaching about American Entry into the Age of Imperialism
One-day workshop, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA
Slavery in New England: An Institute for Teachers
One-day workshop, Brown University, Providence, RI
Teaching about the Cold War from Multiple Perspectives
Southeastern Regional Educational Service Center, Bedford, NH
The Age of Imperialism to the Second World War
Five day summer institute
The Slave Trade to Brown v Board of Education: Race in America
Eight-day summer institute