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From the AHA Activities column in the April 2013 issue of Perspectives on History

AHA to Initiate Departmental Membership for Secondary Educators

Dana Schaffer, April 2013

The AHA is excited to announce the development of a new departmental membership for secondary educators. Through focus groups and individual meetings held in New Orleans at our annual meeting last month, we sought feedback on the needs and interests of precollegiate teachers to inform how best to establish this new membership initiative. Thank you to everyone who participated in the discussions.

This feedback has helped us rethink how the AHA can engage teachers more extensively—from an increased involvement at our annual meeting to featured articles in our print and online publications, and from greater access to classroom resources to professional development programs that address issues in both pedagogy and historical content. We're exploring new partnerships and programs to make AHA membership for secondary educators more rewarding and beneficial than ever.

Based on the suggestions we have received, we plan to implement a membership program that meets the needs of secondary educators in three primary categories: facilitating connections and collaborations between educators of all levels; offering access to primary and secondary resources for use in the classroom; and providing professional development opportunities and information through our annual meeting, publications, and other programs.
Here are just a few of the benefits we are considering as part of the program:

  • Discounted individual membership fees for educators whose schools have departmental memberships

  • Travel scholarships to attend the annual meeting

  • More panels for secondary educators at our annual meeting, including special breakout sessions to discuss how the historical content from panels can be applied in the classroom

  • Sponsored networking events at the annual meeting

  • Featured articles in AHA outlets that provide reviews of books and textbooks, historiographical debates, and pedagogical news and information

  • Complimentary or discounted access to online resources, curriculum units, and webinars that highlight the latest historical scholarship

  • Access to online discussion groups that address current pedagogical and content-related issues

  • Facilitated partnerships between secondary educators and university-level faculty to develop resource materials

We are currently establishing an ad hoc organizing committee to help solidify the details of the membership program, which will be available within the next year.

If you have suggestions or ideas about our departmental membership initiative for secondary educators, or are interested in being a part of our organizing committee, please contact Dana Schaffer or complete the online survey.

Dana Schaffer is the AHA's development manager.