RESOURCES FOR K-12 EDUCATORS
The NCPH Annual Meeting each spring is an ideal professional development opportunity for teachers. Our conference is a small, dynamic, and highly accessible event that brings together history practitioners and educators from K-12 to the university and from museums to private businesses to national park sites. Sessions, tours, and other conference events provide a chance for teachers to exchange ideas about education and historical content with historians employed in places where the mission is to reach a public audience in exciting and engaging ways.
Since 1974, National History Day has provided learning opportunities to primary and secondary students in the field of history. Thousands of students participate in local, regional, and state competitions January-May, with the support of hundreds of history teachers. By participating in this competition, students learn how to conduct historical research while increasing their communication, comprehension, and thinking skills.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S History education in the classroom.
The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University designed Teachinghistory.org with the purpose of placing teaching strategies, community building, history content, current research and issues, and easy access to resources all in one central place. One goal is to bring together the different communities that are involved in the effort to improve history education.
In addition to online resources, Teachinghistory.org also offers a free biannual print newsletter, History Education News, as well as monthly e-newsletters and a classroom poster on historical thinking skills.
Web Resources for Educators
American Historical Association – Resources for teachers at all levels
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – For teachers and students
Historica – Support for Canadian history educators
History Teachers’ Association of Australia – Professional organization for Australian history educators
National Council for History Education – Promotes the importance of history in schools and society
National Council for the Social Studies – Professional organization for social studies educators
Organization of American Historians – Resources for teachers at all levels
The History Teacher/Society for History Education – Journal devoted to the teaching of history in the secondary and higher education classroom