Rather than taking the usual approach of learning history from only the perspective of the elite political leaders, students consider the opportunities, hardships, aspirations, and questions facing people across society in the United States in its earliest years—from 1783-1830.
You may have read about the Choices Program’s recent launch of a three-year revision of its U.S. History series. As a first step, we retired some of our older titles and began writing our first new title, A New Nation. A New Nation will immerse students in engaging lessons on Census data, the founding documents, land treaties between the U.S. government and native peoples, and the Haitian Revolution. The Civil War will be the next new unit published by Choices.
We are excited to ultimately provide teachers with an enhanced U.S. History series which will provide additional breadth, depth, and rigor to our current offerings!
To learn more about our U.S. History series, we invite you to attend a two-day professional development workshop, New Directions in Choices’ U.S. History Series, at Brown University on August 20-21, 2018.
Why should you attend? Here are four reasons.
- You’ll examine our three newest U.S. history units (provided) and explore new ways to implement them in your classroom. Each of the units has a unique pedagogy – come have fun trying them out!
- We’re excited that Professor Linford Fisher will share his groundbreaking Database of Indigenous Slavery with us and will discuss how your students can access this resource. In addition, Professor Françoise Hamlin, award-winning researcher and lecturer on African-American history, will be joining us to discuss her recent research.
- We want your input! You’ll have the opportunity to provide the Choices writers with feedback on their work to date, and you’ll be the first to know about our plans for new titles. If you’ve ever said, I wish Choices had a lesson on ______________, speak up now!
- You’ll have the chance to meet with other history educators who share your passion for high quality, engaging materials. Come recharge and learn what your colleagues are doing to promote historical literacy. Good food, an informal atmosphere, door prizes, and camaraderie are all part of the package.
There is a cost of $175 to attend, which covers the three curriculum units: The American Revolution, Westward Expansion, and A New Nation (hot off the press!), lunch both days, a certificate of attendance, and parking. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for department chairs coming from more than two hours away. If you are coming from out of town and need accommodations, we have negotiated an excellent summer rate of $149 /night (includes hot breakfast) at the Hampton Inn Downtown Providence, which is across the street from our building.
We hope to see you and perhaps some of your colleagues in our program!