Abstract: Teaching American History: A Model for
University-Secondary School Cooperation
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To address both local and national needs, we propose a partnership among:
the Broome-Tioga Board of of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES); two
prominent historians of U.S. History, both from the History Department of
Binghamton University, State University of New York--Thomas Dublin and
Kathryn Kish Sklar; and the School of Education and Human Development at
Binghamton University (SEHD).
Our partnership will develop a series of related initiatives to improve
the quality of teacher training and teacher professional development in
Broome and Tioga Counties. Focusing on pre-service and in-service teacher
training, the project will ultimately improve the high school teaching of
American History in the 15 public school districts of New York's Southern
Tier, serving 40,000 students.
Data collected in 1999 indicate that 12 of the 14 reporting districts
failed to meet the 90% passing "State Reference Point," which is the
statewide benchmark set by the NYS Education Department for all Regents
exams. Of these districts, 4 have been targeted by the NYS Education
Department as "academically at risk" because of high needs/capacity
indices combined with low student performance.
We will establish an integrated program that will offer a newly-founded
"Certificate in the Teaching of U.S. History." The certificate will be
awarded by the Graduate Division of the University upon the successful
completion of a week-long intensive summer workshop and three graduate
courses. The Certificate Program will organize a series of opportunities
for teachers' professional development.
Certificate Program | Graduate Courses | Special
Summer Workshops | After-School Workshops
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