Recent News - BHH in the Wider World of History Education

Reviews of BHH Lesson Plans on the NHEC

August 5, 2010 - 11:29 AM

The National History Education Clearinghouse has reviewed two Bringing History Home units. The reviews assess the BHH First Grade unit My History at School and Fourth Grade unit The Progressive Era for alignment with the Clearinghouse's criteria for determining the quality of U.S. History lesson plans. 

 


Bringing History Home in 2010

June 9, 2010 - 2:05 PM
January 

BHH teachers began a new year and continued exploring history with their students.

February 

BHH director Elise Fillpot attended the annual Technical Advisory Group meeting for the National History Education Clearinghouse.

Santa Fe teachers in Grades 3-6 explored the BHH Five Processes in a workshop funded by TAH. 

March

The University of Iowa Center for Evaluation and Assessment designed assessments for the BHH 5th grade pilot of a unit on the Columbian Exchange.  The unit was adapted by BHH staff and teachers from National Endowment for the Humanities Edsitement lessons titled "What was Columbus Thinking?"

April

Kyle Longley, Snell Family Dean's Professor of History at Arizona State University, led a two-day Grant Wood History Institute workshop for middle and high school teachers on the Vietnam War. 

In a session at the American Education Research Association annual conference, distinguished Social Studies and History education faculty Keith Barton, Linda Levstik, Kelly Woestman, Jack Zevin and David Gerwin analyzed and discussed classroom video footage of BHH lead mentor Kim Heckart leading a discussion during one of her predict and infer units. 

May

Elizabeth Ridgway, Library of Congress Director of Educational Outreach, and her colleague Anne Savage visited Prairie Ridge Elementary School to observe Kim teaching 3rd grade history via her predict and infer model.

5th and 6th grade teachers in Anchorage, Alaska explored the BHH Five Processes during the annual Anchorage School District Summer Academy. 

June

140 Cedar Rapids teachers will attend their first BHH workshop.

July

60 Prairie ISD and 18 Cedar Rapids teachers will attend their second BHH workshop.

Kim Heckart travels to Boston with teacher participants in the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education TAH grant.   When they return to Illinois, Kim will help the teachers use BHH strategies to design lessons based on their learning during the trip.

August

110 Cedar Rapids teachers will attend their first BHH workshop. 

September

BHH teachers begin a new school year.  First year teachers will implement their initial BHH unit.  Second year teachers will implement both BHH grade level units. 

November

Elise joins Sarah Brooks of UVA and Jason Endacott of Keene College for a National Council of the Social Studies College and University Faculty Assembly panel presentation on affective learning in history.   

 

 

BHH welcomes The Library of Congress!

May 11, 2010 - 10:09 AM

Elizabeth Ridgway, Director of Education Outreach for the U.S. Library of Congress, and Anne Savage, Education Resource Specialist for the LOC, travel to Cedar Rapids this week to observe Kim Heckart's Predict and Infer model in action.  For the visit, Kim is teaching a new predict and infer mini-unit that incorporates visual and written sources on the early 20th century era of the women's suffrage movement.  The accompnaying read aloud for contextualization and connections is A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (Dear America Series) by Kathryn Lasky (2002).

 

 

 

Postsecondary History and K-5 History

December 5, 2009 - 2:11 PM

It’s Elementary:
Focusing on History Teaching, K-5

In the November issue of Perspectives, the newsmagazine of the American Historical Association.

 

 

BHH in Illinois

July 23, 2009 - 4:59 PM

Congratulations to the teachers of St. Clair County in Illinois!  The St. Clair County Regional Education Office just received a 2009 Teaching American History grant to serve its teachers in grades 4-12. 

BHH director Elise Fillpot and lead mentor Kim Heckart will be crossing the Mississippi off and on over the next few years to join in this project.  We're excited for the opportunity to explore and learn with a whole new cohort of elementary history teachers.  Sending a big woot from Iowa to Illinois!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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