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NCHE Welcomes Grace Leatherman as New Executive Director
July 16, 2019
The Board of Directors is proud to welcome Grace Leatherman as the National Council for History Education’s new Executive Director. Her selection was made after a national search conducted by the Board. She will begin her appointment in August 2019. “Grace brings experience in a variety of contexts to her new role as NCHE’s Executive Director,” according to Board Chair Sarah Drake Brown. “She has big ideas and a vision that will enable NCHE to collaborate effectively with other professional organizations in support of the teaching and learning of history.”
Grace Leatherman has an extensive background in history education. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she earned a bachelor’s degree in history, with honors, and a master’s degree in history from the
University of Delaware before teaching history in the Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools.
Since 2013, she has served as the Maryland History Day Outreach Coordinator at Maryland Humanities. In this capacity, she worked with over 19,000 students and reached over 1,600 teachers through professional development. She wrote and implemented grants to fund teacher professional development and, in partnership with Maryland Public Television, the creation of a website to make primary sources accessible to all students, including English Language Learners and those with disabilities. Grace also partnered with Maryland Public Television to build and teach online courses for teachers. She is an experienced presenter, manager, and facilitator who believes NCHE should take a leadership role in making sure that history curricula throughout the country serve students of all abilities and backgrounds.
Grace Leatherman said, “I have long been an admirer of NCHE, and it is an honor to serve as the new Executive Director. I look forward to working with educators and partners to make sure that students and teachers receive the very best in history education.”
Grace will assume the role of Executive Director in August. We look forward to NCHE’s continuing success and further growth under her leadership.
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Teachers to Participate in NCHE Colloquium: "Technology's Impact in American History"For Immediate Release
June 10, 2019 - History educators across the nation have been selected to participate in the National Council for History Education’s Technology’s Impact in American History (TIAH) Program at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania June 26-28, 2019. The program is sponsored by a grant from the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources Program.
Teachers selected reflect the diversity of K-12 education, hailing from 15 different states and work in metropolitan, suburban and rural school districts.
This is the third year that NCHE has sponsored the program which focuses on teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congresses digital resources in addition to the US Army Heritage and Education Center resources, both material and online. The USAHEC is the Army’s primary historical research facility.
Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to engage students, as well as to help them develop critical-thinking skills, construct knowledge and conduct research. Primary sources are the raw materials of history -original documents and objects that were created during the time period under study.
At the colloquium, teachers will work with an NCHE team including a historian and education specialists to learn more about how the military has shaped technology and innovation in American history. Each teacher will create a primary source-based lesson plan on technology’s impact in American history to take back to their classroom. Read more