Teaching and Learning at AHA20

The AHA is committed to making the annual meeting a professional home for working teachers. That’s why our annual meeting program offers dozens of workshops, networking opportunities, and sessions for educators at all levels and at every stage of their careers. Use this guide to navigate the full spread of teaching events and topical sessions at AHA20.

Some new opportunities this year include sessions drawn from the AHA’s work on History Gateways, panels on how to teach online, a syllabus design workshop with the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History, sessions on approaches to graduate pedagogy and more.

Whether attendees are looking to incorporate new sources and methods into their teaching or to continue to develop their teaching as an expression of disciplinary identity—or both—there are sessions for teachers of all levels at AHA20.

Workshops

Introducing History: Syllabus Design with the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History
Friday, January 3, 2020: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM  

K–16 Educators’ Workshop: Hold On—I Thought I Knew This Story!
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM  

Assignment Charrette: Undergraduate and K-16 Teaching Workshop
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM  

Workshop: Teaching History’s Relevance to Policy: Applying the History and Policy Education Program to the Classroom and the Community
National History Center of the American Historical Association
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Events

Reception for Two-Year Faculty
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 7:30 PM-8:30 PM

Teaching and Learning Networking Opportunity 
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 3:45 PM-4:45 PM   

K-12 Reception
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Sessions

A variety of sessions focus on specific themes and problems in the world of teaching, such as the politicization of classroom teaching, the challenges and opportunities facing graduate education, and emerging educational tools and approaches. From time periods and geographic regions to classroom concerns, there’s a session that caters to you.

Introductory Courses

What Is the Future of the Introductory Course in History?
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Organized as part of the AHA’s History Gateways initiative  

Strategies for Redesigning Introductory Courses in History
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Organized as part of the AHA’s History Gateways initiative  

What’s So Great about Intro Courses?
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM  

World History for the 21st Century: Redesigning the College History Introductory Curriculum
Monday, January 6, 2020: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Approaches to Graduate Education

Practicing Pedagogy: A Discussion on Graduate and Early Career Teaching
Friday, January 3, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

The Job Market and Mental Health: A Conversation on Career Diversity and Graduate Education
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

Baking Career Diversity into Graduate Education: Reflections from the Field
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

The New Normal? Integrating Career Pathways in History Graduate Education
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Building Career Diversity into the Graduate Curriculum
Monday, January 6, 2020: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM  

Teaching and Politics

The Nazi Legacy in the Trump Era: Research, Pedagogy, and Public Engagement
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Educating for Activism? Historians and Politics in the Contemporary United States Conference on Faith and History
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

The Role of History Educators in a Time of Crisis
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM  

Never Again Is Now: Teaching Japanese American History to Inspire Action and Empathy Today
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

The Professor in Polarized Times: Challenges of Free Speech and Inclusion on Campus and in the Classroom
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Rethinking Resources and Pedagogy

The Benefits and Challenges of Teaching History Online
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Teaching and Pedagogical Reform in Ancient History at the Community College
Association of Ancient Historians
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Teaching US History through Sports
Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM  

Innovative Approaches for Fostering Student Engagement in Online History Classrooms
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

From Courses and Degrees to Careers and Citizenship: Communicating the Value of History
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

Innovative Approaches to Engaging Our Community College History Students
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM  

Podcasts as Pedagogy: Ideas for How to Teach History with Podcasts
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM  

Teaching Historical Methods and Imagining the Archives
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Hands-on History: Creating Experience in the Classroom
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

Teaching Students How to Write History
Monday, January 6, 2020: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM  

Teaching With Digital Tools

What Does It Mean to "Teach w/#Dighist"?
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Digital Collaborations in African History: New Methods and Sources
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Virtual Reality for Historical Research and Pedagogy
Friday, January 3, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

Digital Approaches to Communications, Mobility, and Geography in Medieval Europe
Friday, January 3, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

From the Studio to the (Digital) Archive: Interpreting Constructions of Race, Gender, and Identity in Photographs and Photographic Collections
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM  

Teaching World History

Ideas and Methods for Teaching Global Indigenous Histories
World History Association
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM  

Teaching World History to Prepare Students for Tomorrow: Building Partnerships across K–16 Classrooms
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Situating the Environment in World History Courses
World History Association
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM  

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Lessons about Silver for the Early Modern Classroom
World History Association
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Other Topical Sessions

A Blueprint for Departmental Change: The History Teaching and Learning Project at the University of Colorado Boulder
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History
Friday, January 3, 2020: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  

Living, Teaching, and Writing the American Military History of the 21st Century
Friday, January 3, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

Bridging the "Two Cultures" in the Classroom: Using Historical Pedagogy to Enhance STEM Learning in Higher Education
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM  

Teaching United States History Abroad
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM  

Historical Research for K–12 Students: A Roundtable Discussion with Archivists and Educators
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM  

Teaching Future Teachers: Why Historians Matter to Pre-service Teacher Education
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

From Theory to Praxis: Scaffolding the Learning Experience in the Tuned Classroom
Saturday, January 4, 2020: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM  

Why the National History Day Program Creates a Framework for Historical Research, Analysis, and Literacy Fostering Project-Based Learning
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM  

Engaging History: Primary Source-Based Learning across the Disciplines in Community Colleges
Community College Humanities Association
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM  

Teaching Religion in American History
Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching
Sunday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM