National History Day Judge Recruitment: Want to support middle and high school students’ enthusiastic historical inquiry? The Southwest Washington History Day Competition will be held February 26 in Vancouver and we need judges! If you’ve done it before, you know how wonderful it is to talk to kids about their research and applaud their projects; if you haven’t, you’ve been missing out and it’s time to turn that around. Register to judge here. No prior experience necessary; let me know if you have questions.
Summer Institutes: Both Gilder Lehrman and NEH have posted their 2011 summer professional development seminars. These are unbelievable no- or low-cost opportunities to study historical themes with top scholars in interesting locales:
- NEH Summer Institutes and Seminars (Deadline March 1)
- Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars (Deadline February 1)
Spring Institute: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is running an institute for teachers March 3-5 (Deadline January 28)
Scholarships: The Colonial Dames have posted another opportunity for Grade 5-12 teachers in Washington State to advance their instructional capacity with $1000 grants. Apply here by March 4.
Other odds and ends related to our work:
- Petition of the children of the United States that the President will free all slave children (and Lincoln’s response)
- Another great Civil War Memory comments section makes transparent what different scholars see in a historical document
- The Geography of Emancipation: Gary Gallagher and Ed Ayers on C-SPAN
- Washington Post panel: Could the Civil War have been prevented?
- Getting ready for the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address? Check this out
- How did Boston’s schools impact the American Revolution? How did the revolution impact Boston’s schools?
- Nasty, negative campaign season (1800, that is)
Civil Rights Movement
- George Wood suggests “returning” the Department of Education
- Diane Ravitch on how Waiting for Superman misreads NAEP scores – and suggests motivations for doing so
- 7 Class size myths
- Learning to use history to think critically makes history interesting, shows that history is worth learning, and leads us to value & use the past
- Rethinking Schools Editor Stan Karp will present “Not Waiting for Superman: Who’s Bashing Teachers and Public Schools and What Can We Do about It?” Friday, December 10, 4:00-6:00 at the Jefferson High School Cafeteria in Portland
If there is something I missed that you want others to know about, add it to the comments section!