NCHE Conference Update
March 11, 2020
These are extraordinary times. The National Council for History Education was so looking forward to bringing together our friends and partners at our 30th Anniversary Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. It has become, clear, however, that proceeding as planned is not in the interests of the health and safety of our attendees. The Governor of Ohio has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and we do not feel that moving forward with a large group event is wise.
We are not willing, however, to give up on the opportunity to bring together our community of history educators. Our incredible partners at the National Humanities Center, especially board members Andy Mink and Mike Williams, have graciously offered to help us take our entire conference online, in as close to the same schedule as possible. We hope all of our participants will join us. We will still feature amazing presenters and historians, and will even host an online exhibit hall. We will continue to offer Professional Development Hours for attendance. We will also be recording sessions to share with attendees, so you will have access to more content than under normal circumstances.
We know that this is a challenging time for our country, and we want to be part of meeting that challenge. The C3 Framework, which many of you use in your history classrooms, emphasizes that the ultimate goal of teaching Social Studies is to promote civic action. We feel that the best action we can take is to help put the COVID-19 crisis in historical context, and to help educators work out how best to teach about pandemics. We will be infusing our online conference with added presentations by noted historians on the history of pandemics. We hope that this opportunity to reflect on the past can play a part in helping our society move forward in a constructive way.
There is no doubt that the cancellation of this conference is a hardship, for attendees, and for NCHE. Know that if you were staying at the Hilton Downtown, your room will be refunded in full. If you booked a non-conference hotel, you are responsible for canceling your reservations. Airlines are proving very flexible about refunds and rescheduling. If you do not wish to attend our conference in its new form, we will provide you with a refund, but we hope you will continue with us. While we cannot gather in Cleveland, now is the time for history educators to come together. We have an important role to play in these uncertain times.
You do not need to re-register for the NCHE 30th Anniversary Digital Conference. We will send all existing registrants information about how to attend sessions and exhibitions online. None of us anticipated a gathering like this, but we are excited to share a wonderful experience. See you virtually on March 20th!
Executive Director, NCHE
NCHE Welcomes Dr. Matt Missias as Education Coordinator
NCHE is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Matt Missias as the new Education Coordinator. Matt Missias earned his Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy with a specialization in social studies education from Michigan State University in 2017 where his research focused on how social studies teachers imagine their practice as they transition from student to in-service teaching. He began his career as a secondary social studies teacher in a Northern Michigan school district where he taught courses ranging from Humanities to US History. His work with his students reflected his passion for authentic inquiry practices and was based on developing encounters that met students through the lens of their own experiences. Since 2006, he has been working with pre-service and in-service teachers in developing practices that support high-quality social studies teaching and learning, through university teaching and research, as well as consulting with schools and other stakeholders. In addition to NCHE, he has been active in professional organizations like the National Council for Social Studies and you'll find his work in professional journals or at state or national conferences. As the Education Coordinator at NCHE, Matt will be working on teacher professional development programs and community and public relations to foster partnerships and collaborations.
NCHE Receives Grant from the U.S. Department of Education
The National Council for History Education (NCHE) is pleased to announce it was awarded a $1.47 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics Program to extend the nonprofit’s efforts to provide innovative professional development in American history and Civics for teachers. This grant will enable NCHE and its partners to implement Project Learning and Exploring American Democracy (L.E.A.D.) for teachers in the School District of Osceola County, located in Central Florida, strengthening their knowledge of American history and civics and improving learning outcomes for thousands of K-12 students.
For the last 30 years, NCHE has brought together the history community to ensure that history is taught in our schools and that excellence in instruction and student learning occurs. Utilizing a network of historians, education specialists and master teachers, NCHE has demonstrated expertise in the development of evidence-based approaches to improving the quality of American history learning and teaching.
NCHE welcomes the elementary and secondary teachers in Osceola County who were selected to participate in the L.E.A.D. grant program for the next three years. Teachers will participate in targeted professional development in history content from academic historians, innovative strategies to engage their students in historical inquiry, opportunities to write curriculum for their classroom, and utilize digital technology during the school year and summer colloquia. NCHE will organize experiential field trips to historic locations to enhance teachers' ability to bring history alive for their students. Laura Wakefield will be the program coordinator at NCHE for the L.E.A.D. grant.
NCHE is Hiring an Education Coordinator
The National Council for History Education (NCHE) seeks an Education Coordinator whose dynamic leadership will inspire inform, and engage our members and the general public in promoting the teaching and learning of history. You can learn more and apply for this position here.
NCHE in Time Magazine
Time interviewed NCHE's Grace Leatherman for the article "Teens are Getting Millions of Views with Theatrical History Lesson on TikTok. These Real Historians are Thrilled."
"The videos demonstrate a student’s unique interpretation and understanding of history — and many history teachers nationwide are starting to use TikToks to assess students, according to Leatherman. TikTok is just one way “that students can show us what they know,” she says."
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.”
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust Forms New State Council for History Education
September 4, 2019
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust (APT), the non-profit arm of the New York State Archives, has organized a new State Council for the National Council for History Education - the New York Council for History Education (NYCHE). This partnership further enhances the Trust’s ability to promote historical literacy by strengthening regional networks of educators, historians, and cultural organizations and providing locally-focused professional development and outreach activities. The NYCHE will be chaired by The College of Saint Rose Professor, Kristi Fragnoli, Ed.D. and a team of educators from nine regions around New York State. Recruitment is ongoing to form regional networks of educators to serve as advisors to strengthen the work of NYCHE and provide professional development.
Laura Wakefield, Interim Executive Director of the National Council for History Education, said, “NCHE is thrilled with the collaboration of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust to build and support the New York Council for History Education. With the help of the Archives Partnership Trust’s leadership and network, the New York Council for History Education will reach history educators, libraries and cultural organizations with opportunities to connect through conferences, receive professional development, stay informed, and advocate for history education. We look forward to growing and serving NCHE’s members across the state of New York through the work of this new state council.”
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to keep over 350 years of New York’s rich documentary heritage within the New York State Archives accessible and alive through education, preservation, and outreach programs. The New York State Archives is the largest repository of state government records in the nation, holding over 250 million records of state and colonial governments dating back to the Dutch colonial period in 1630. The New York State Archives is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education.
NCHE Welcomes Grace Leatherman as New Executive Director
July 16, 2019
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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NCHE Members in the NEWS:
June 5, 2019 - Education Dive: 3 Ways Educators Can Dig Deeper in Lessons on Historical Conflicts by Lauren Barack
April 24, 2019 - Education Dive: 3 Steps for Improving Lessons on the Holocaust by Lauren Barack
April 7, 2019 - New York Times: Is the U.S. a Democracy? A Social Studies Battle Turns on the Nation's Values by Dana Goldstein
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