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Select NEISD teachers receive in depth look at U.S. History

NEISD teachers take photo at the America at War in the Twentieth Century seminar.NEISD U.S. History teachers take a photo at the steps of UTSA.

Five teachers from North East ISD were among a select group of teachers from across the state who attended “America at War in the Twentieth Century,” June 18-21, a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, the University of Texas at Austin (UT), and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Veronica Gomez of Robert E. Lee High School, Matthew Wilson of Madison High School, and Kyle Jewasko and Ruth Kimmell of Johnson High School, all reported that the program in San Antonio was enjoyable and beneficial. Ligia Garcia reported the same about the program in Austin.

“I really enjoyed getting to spend time with the professors and go over primary source documents. These are so valuable in the classroom to engage students and make history come ‘alive’,” said Ruth Kimmell, who co-teaches World History and U.S. History at Johnson High School.

“America at War in the Twentieth Century” drew teachers to the UT and UTSA campuses for four days of dynamic lectures and inspiring small-group workshops.

The Austin institute keynote lecture was delivered by Gordon S. Wood, the Pulitzer-Prize winning historian from Brown University.

Other Austin faculty included Jesús F. de la Teja of Texas State University-San Marcos, Eric Hinderaker of the University of Utah, Heather Cox Richardson of Boston College, Daniel Walker Howe of the University of California, Los Angeles, Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee, Jennifer L. Weber of the University of Kansas, and H. W. Brands of The University of Texas at Austin.

Educational specialists from the National Archives and the Amon Carter Museum also served on the institute faculty, providing participants with facsimiles of historic documents and works of art that support the teaching of U.S. history.

The San Antonio institute faculty included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy of Stanford University, Arnold Krammer of Texas A&M University, Patrick J. Kelly of The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Jeremi Suri of The University of Texas at Austin.

Educational specialists from the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Amon Carter Museum guided teachers in using historic documents and works of art to teach U.S. history.

“Humanities Texas was pleased to cosponsor ‘America at War in the Twentieth Century,’” said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Giving talented teachers the opportunity to interact with their peers and leading scholars will enable them to engage students with exciting new perspectives on our nation’s history.”

“America at War in the Twentieth Century” was made possible with support from the State of Texas as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People initiative.

 

Posted on August 05, 2013