AHA Learn

AHA Learn is a series of online programs that serves as a forum for compelling ideas in history education. Individual sessions showcase new resources, revisit enduring concerns, or highlight innovative strategies to ensure student success in today’s classrooms.

Past Institutes

Is Democracy in Crisis?

In July and August 2023, the AHA convened an inaugural online teacher institute in world history with generous support from OER Project. This program commemorated the 10th anniversary of the creation of the C3 Framework, providing professional development for K–12 teachers of world history.

The five sessions in this week-long program explored how teachers can channel one of the most pressing questions in global current events to engage students in the world history classroom. Kenneth Pomeranz (Univ. of Chicago) led participants through analysis of the efforts of leading historians to contextualize the political, social, and economic forces driving a resurgence of authoritarianism around the globe. Understanding today’s international news requires careful consideration of many of the issues around which teachers organize surveys of world history: competing models of sovereign authority; the expansion of global capitalism; the Cold War and its legacies; the enduring power of ethnonationalism; and the ongoing reverberations of imperialism, decolonization, and racial discrimination. The institute focused on providing participants with content knowledge, primary sources, and lessons that can be applied directly to topics covered in many state standards for world history from the Neolithic to the present.


History Behind the Headlines: Is Global Democracy In Crisis?

As part of the 2023 Online Teacher Institute, this webinar brought together four leading scholars—Kenneth Pomeranz, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Rafael Ioris, and Paul Zeleza—with expertise in different regions to contextualize contemporary concerns about waning support for democratic institutions as authoritarian regimes grow in popularity across the globe.