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CENTER FOR THE TEACHING OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Professor Adam Laats, Director
Center Office: Academic B
Phone: (607) 777-



SUMMER WORKSHOPS

Workshops 2008-2010 Focus on Literacy Peer Review Conference Past Workshops


The Center for the Teaching of American History sponsors week-long summer workshops for teachers and librarians in Broome, Seneca, Tompkins and Tioga counties. Topics are developed in accordance with New York State curriculum standards in U.S. History. Workshops take place on the Binghamton University campus. They are led by Binghamton University faculty, experienced social studies teachers, and as of 2007, BOCES literacy specialists. We have held workshops in the summers of 2002-2007. As we begin our third grant we are developing a new series of thematic workshops to be offered over the next three years. Not only will we develop workshops with a view to fresh content, we are also adding a new methodological component. Focusing on literacy skills in the social studies classroom, we are partnering with BOCES to help teachers in our workshops further develop their instruction with up-to-date literacy teaching techniques.
  • Each workshop has space for twenty participants
  • Teachers and librarians are nominated for participation by their individual districts
  • Participants receive stipends from the Center to attend the week-long program
  • A buffet lunch is provided each day
  • Resource materials are provided for participants. Since 2007 we have given our participants the following teacher resources:

Literacy Resources:
  • Daniels & Zemelman, Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading (2004)
  • Amy Benjamin, But I'm Not A Reading Teacher (2007)
  • Amy Benjamin, Writing In The Content Areas (2005)

Content Focused Resources:
  • Allen Winkler, The Cold War: A History in Documents (2000)
  • Merrill and Paterson, Major Problems In American Foreign Policy, Concise Edition, (2006)
  • John J. Patrick, The Bill of Rights: A History In Documents (2003)

After the completion of the workshop, each participant prepares an individual teaching unit to be tested during the following academic year and presented to a formal Peer Review conference the following spring. The strongest individual projects will be published on this wesbsite for use by other teachers and librarians.



Area teachers and Binghamton University graduate students interested in participating in any of the Center's programs should contact the Center's Director, Adam Laats, at (607) 777-6769 or via email.


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