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 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

Media Contact: Laura Wakefield, 407-288-3654

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.
   Press Release PDF


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

NCHE Welcomes Cokie Roberts as Distinguished Advisor

The National Council for History Education (NCHE) welcomes journalist and author Cokie Roberts to NCHE's Distinguished Advisors.  Cokie Roberts is an author of history books about the remarkable contributions of women to this country's founding and co-writer of a syndicated column in addition to being a political commentator for ABC News and NPR.  She recently served a three-year term on the NCHE Board of Directors and was the keynote speaker at the 2015 NCHE national conference. As a Distinguished Advisor, she will provide advice and assistance to the Board of Directors. 

NCHE Announces Eight New Board Members

March 2019 - The National Council for History Education (NCHE) announces the selection of Chris Bunin, Tony DiSarioCharles Errico, Kevin Krahenbuhl,  Luis Martinez-Fernandez, Joshua Reid,  Jenny Nicholas, and Mike Williams to join the council’s Board of Directors.  The new members will join the Board at the NCHE annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 14, 2019. Each will serve a two-year term beginning in 2019 and concluding in 2021.  Learn more


About NCHE

The National Council for History Education provides professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories.