The Choices Program seeks to empower young people with the skills, knowledge, and participatory habits to be engaged citizens capable of addressing international and public policy issues through thoughtful public discourse and informed decision making.
What We Do
The Choices Program is a program affiliated with the Department of History at Brown University and works to increase access to high-quality curriculum content and strengthen education about history and current events in secondary schools in the U.S. and beyond by collaborating with leading scholars to write curriculum materials and provide teacher professional development.
- Relies on up-to-date historiography;
- Tells an inclusive, responsible history, while also encouraging students to challenge and grapple with this history in the ways that historians do;
- Provides teachers with high-quality, carefully researched curriculum content that is used in all levels of high school classrooms and some middle schools.
The core of the Choices Program is our full-length, award-winning curriculum units that include student readings, lesson plans, and activities to accompany and complement the readings. Student readings and teacher resources are written by the Choices writing team and approved by scholars. Student readings and lessons reflect up-to-date historiography and equip students to develop the skills necessary for historical thinking, understanding, and writing. Choices currently offers units for U.S. History, World History, Current Issues, and Geography, as well as many electives. Curriculum units are available in print, Digital Editions, and PDF formats.
Each year, the Choices writers produce up to a dozen free, online lessons addressing current events as part of our Teaching with the News series. Choices has also produced more than 1,700 free, online scholar videos that are 2-4 minutes in length (see Scholars page). Each features a scholar or practitioner discussing topics related to his or her research or work in language that is accessible to high school audiences. These free videos complement the Choices curriculum units.
Choices also conducts a variety of professional development workshops to equip teachers to integrate Choices materials into their classrooms. In addition, onsite professional development is conducted with school districts that contract with the Choices Program.
Choices resources are used annually by an estimated one million students representing all fifty U.S. states as well as by students in about two hundred international schools. In recent years, our paid curriculum materials were used in approximately 8,000 high schools in the United States.
More than 125 leading scholars and practitioners expand Choices units via videos where they discuss issues related to topics in our curriculum.
A small but dedicated team that strives to supply teachers with innovative, award-winning materials that are engaging and accessible to students.
Officially launched in 1988…