From the News in the May 2003 Perspectives

"Innovations in Collaboration" Conference to Be Held in June

AHA Staff, May 2003

The American Historical Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Organization of American Historians are sponsoring a conference, "Innovations in Collaboration: A School-University Model to Enhance History Teaching, K–16" which will be held June 26–28, 2003, at the Radisson Hotel Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. As the conference title indicates, it is intended to showcase exemplary programs in which history educators are collaborating in innovative ways to enhance the teaching of history. The conference will feature a keynote address by Eric Foner (Columbia Univ.) at the opening plenary session, "Teaching History after September 11" on Thursday (June 26) evening, which will be moderated by Michael Wildasin, chair of the conference program. On Friday (June 27) and Saturday (June 28) there will be 35 concurrent sessions. The conference will conclude on Saturday with a plenary session (10:45 a.m.–noon) on history advocacy, with Bruce Craig (National Coalition for History), Sarah Drake (Indiana Univ.), Margaret Smith Crocco (Teachers Coll., Columbia Univ.), and Peter Stearns (George Mason Univ.) participating.

The concurrent sessions will focus on such themes as integrating technology in the history classroom, exemplary professional development models, and best practices for teaching American and world history to elementary, middle, and high school students.

The various sessions include the following panels: Enlivening American History: A School/University/Museum Collaboration; World History for Us All: A Web-Based Model Curriculum for World History in Middle and High Schools; Columbia American History Online (CAHO): A K–12 Learning Community and Publishing Model; and Using Primary Sources as Research Tools for the Teaching and Learning about the Young Adolescent.

Cosponsoring organizations for the 2003 conference include the Education Trust, National History Day, National Council for History Education, World History Association, Society of History Education, Federation of State Humanities Councils, the National History Project, the National Council for Public History, and the Organization of History Teachers.

The conference registration fee of $125 includes the reception on Thursday evening following the plenary session, and breakfast (continental) and lunch on Friday. Accommodation in the Radisson Hotel Old Town is available at $129 for single/double and $139 for triple/quad. The hotel is situated in the historic old town of Alexandria and is just minutes away from the Ronald Reagan National Airport. The hotel also provides courtesy transportation to nearby Metrorail stations.

Registration for the conference (the required form is on the opposite page) closes on May 16, 2003. Copies of the registration form and other information can be obtained also from the conference web pages at http://www.oah.org/meetings/innovations/.

Interested participants who receive this issue after the registration deadline of May 16 may still be able to register by faxing their registration form in as soon as possible. Contact Cliff Jacobs by e-mail for information.