Category Archives: History

New Jersey Teachers Discuss History and Civics with Supreme Court Justice

Every year, hundreds of American history teachers participating in Teaching American History (TAH) projects across the country gather in our nation’s capital to experience our history, politics, and culture firsthand. For many of these educators, this travel-study experience is their … Continue reading

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Time Out for Writing

In mid-September, as most of the Department’s staff was focused on closing out the federal fiscal year, a group of more than 10 employees from a number of department offices, including Teaching Ambassador Fellows, took a hiatus from “end-of-the-fiscal-year mode” … Continue reading

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Teaching American History Veteran is Teacher of the Year

Meet Jill Szymanski, a 4th/5th-grade teacher at Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Del., who was recently named the 2013 National History Teacher of the Year. Ms. Szymanski, a 16-year veteran of the classroom, credits her growth as a … Continue reading

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Teaching American History Program Participants Receive National Honor

The more than 85,000 participants in OII’s Teaching American History Program are winners of the 2013 Friend of History Award from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The award, which is given in recognition of outstanding support for historical research or the public presentation … Continue reading

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Jazz is Feted, Nationally and Internationally, Throughout April

Swinging beats, improvisational melodies, and ear-pleasing harmonies are all hallmarks of jazz. The quintessentially American art form channels the feeling of freedom, invokes the spirit of creativity, and puts a premium on collaboration and teamwork, all inherent values of democracy … Continue reading

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ED Staff Learn About Excellence and U.S. Values From Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Musicians

In celebration of Black History Month, the Department of Education’s Student Art Exhibit Program and Blacks in Government collaborated to provide employees and guests an opportunity to enjoy a jazz informance—an informational performance created by students of the Thelonious Monk … Continue reading

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Teaching American History Participant Named National History Teacher of the Year

Students in Stacy Hoeflich’s fourth-grade classroom at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., don’t just learn American history, they live it through encounters with primary sources and historical reenactors, participation in “Colonial Day” fairs, field trips to historical sites, … Continue reading

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Feature: Take a Walk on the Historical Side

As a high school history teacher gazes up at an enormous mural, he begins to plan an activity that engages his students in careful analysis of both the image and its historical context. Listening to a drum beat while she … Continue reading

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Resources for Observing Native American Heritage Month Year-round

First recognized as “Native American Indian Heritage Month” in 1990, by President George H.W. Bush, the month of November has been celebrated annually as “Native American Heritage Month” (or a variant thereof) since 1994. The observance is a prime opportunity … Continue reading

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OII’s National History Education Clearinghouse Contributes to 9/11 Resources Web Page

The Department of Education has launched a new Web page of resources for teaching about the events of September 11, 2001. The National History Education Clearinghouse, which is supported by OII, is one of four non-federal contributors of teaching materials on the new … Continue reading

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