Power of Place: Landscapes as Historical Texts is a professional development program for District of Columbia Public School Teachers or District of Columbia Public Charter School Teachers working with 4th, 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students in the study of American history. The program is designed to improve both teaching and learning through a series of classes focused on place-based learning in the Mid-Atlantic region, and an introduction to historical pedagogy.
Participants in the program will earn 8 graduate-level credits from American University. 6 of these credits are earned through the completion of the 2013 Summer Institute at American University, where participants will take two courses: ‘Place and Pedagogy’ and the ‘Civil Rights Institute.’
‘Place and Pedagogy’ is an orientation to the pedagogy of place-based historical interpretation. The course runs from July 15-20, 2013. It is a graduate level course and counts for 3 credits of the program.
‘Civil Rights Institute’ will provide the content information on the Civil Rights Movement for the Summer Institute. The course runs from July 8-13, 2013. It is a graduate level course and counts for 3 credits of the program.
The program continues throughout the 2013-2014 school year, where teachers will participate in a series of Saturday Workshops that will explore The Power of Place through historian lectures, primary source materials, and sites. This counts for 2 credits of the program.
Through this program, teacher participants will develop, field-test, and share online curricular units based on the The Power of Place and the program’s 2013 theme, the Civil Rights Movement.
The Power of Place: Landscapes as Historical Texts is funded through the federal Teaching American History grant. Grant partners include the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), American University (AU), and several national historic sites in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Summer 2013 Course Information:
- ‘Civil Rights’ Institute runs from July 8 – July 13
- ‘Power of Place Pedagogy’ Institute runs from July 15 – July 20