Teaching is an essential skill for any historian. That’s why AHA17’s teaching and learning program caters to all career stages and all levels of history. Whether you work in a classroom, archive, or the public sphere, you will find numerous opportunities to enhance your teaching and discover more about the value of learning history. To easily navigate and schedule these sessions, download the Annual Meeting App and select the “Teaching and Learning” track.


K-12 Teaching and Learning

This year’s K-12 Educators’ Workshop, sponsored by the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board, is themed “Teaching Westward Expansion.” Participants are invited to explore primary sources that can be used to highlight contingency and to add interest, vitality, and surprise to conventional approaches to teaching the history of westward settlement. Free advance registration is required, as space is limited. Sign up when you register for the annual meeting or call (508) 743-0510 to add to an existing registration.

Network, share ideas, and socialize with fellow educators at the K-12 Reception, sponsored by HISTORY®. Members of the AHA staff and Teaching Division will be in attendance at this popular event.

Other programming will address the changing landscape of K-12 history education. Lend your perspective to discussions about curricula and assessment, student learning, and teaching techniques at these sessions:


Saturday, January 7

• Teaching Writing in AP and Introductory College History Classes (8:30 AM-10:00 AM)
• Learning World History at Variable Scales in Middle and High Schools (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
• Teaching California and the West in a Pacific Rim Context: A Teacher Workshop (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
• K-16 History Education: Recognizing Interdependence and Moving toward Coherence (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
• History from High School to Graduate School: Teaching, Learning, and Transitions (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
• Big on Several Scales: The BOSS Technique for Exploring Skills and Themes in Secondary Social Studies Classrooms (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
• The Jefferson County Showdown over the Advanced Placement US History Test: A Second Chance for a Failed Dialogue (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)

Sunday, January 8

• California Rewrites Its K-12 History (9:00 AM-10:30 AM)
• Historical Thinking and the History Survey Course: K-16 Perspectives (9:00 AM-10:30 AM)
• Giving Students a Chance: How High School Students Can Conduct Historical Research through the AP Capstone Program (11:00 AM-12:30 PM)

Postsecondary Teaching and Learning

Why should undergraduate students, both majors and nonmajors, study history? What can graduate programs do to better train their PhD students to become teachers? How can we improve learning at two-year institutions and in dual enrollment programs? These questions and more will be discussed at AHA17’s sessions on postsecondary history education.

Tuning the History Discipline at AHA17

Since 2012, the AHA’s Tuning Project has helped undergraduate faculty articulate the disciplinary core of historical study, especially at the introductory level. These sessions discuss the impact of Tuning on undergraduate curricula:

• A Retrospective on Tuning: Where Have We Been and Where Should We Go? (Thursday, January 5: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
• Tuning at the Two-Year Institution: Teaching and Learning on the Front Lines of History Education (Friday, January 6: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM)
• Cultivating Majors: Tuning, Transfer, and Lessons Learned (Friday, January 6: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
• The Changing Scale and Scope of History Education: The C3 Framework and AHA’s Tuning Project (Saturday, January 7: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM)
• Tuning Disruptions: The AHA Tuning Project and Practical Suggestions for Rethinking History Courses, Assignments, and Curricula (Saturday, January 7: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM)

Undergraduate Teaching Workshop (and Assignments Charrette)

Please join us Friday morning for the 2017 Workshop on Undergraduate Teaching as we explore the roles that assignments can play in history courses, as well as their connections to both student learning outcomes and assessment in general education and the major. All are welcome; no advance registration or application required. For those who did apply in advance, the workshop will again feature an Assignments Charrette, in which participants will work in groups to give in-depth feedback on assignments for undergraduate courses at all levels and in any field. Coffee and tea will be served.

Teaching and Learning Networking Opportunity

The Teaching and Learning Networking Opportunity is an hour-long, open invitation to anyone who is interested in the conversation about teaching and learning – including non-faculty historians or those who work outside of a classroom. This event on Saturday afternoon at 3:45 will help build strong professional networks across fields, and advance the cause of teaching and learning issues among the larger community of historians. Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be available.

Focus on Teaching Preconference Workshop

Join the International Sociatey for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History for a hands-on workshop to gain exposure in the field and develop teaching resources. Two concurrent working sessions are offered: (Re)Designing your Introductory Course to Include Historical Thinking and Getting Started with SoTL Projects in Your Classroom. All history instructors are welcome. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required. For more information, contact Laura Westhoff at westhoffl@umsl.edu.

Other Receptions

If you work at a two-year or community college, we cordially invite you to the Reception for Two-Year Faculty for informal conversation with colleagues.

The Organization of History Teachers will hold a Luncheon with a special presentation on “Opportunities for History Teachers” by Tim Bailey of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Thematic Teaching Sessions

Every year the AHA hosts a variety of sessions focused on teaching various themes and problems. At AHA 17 you can explore these topics and more:

Thursday, January 5

• Revisiting Historic House Museums: Research Agendas and Teaching Strategies (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
• Incorporating Queer History into Latin American Survey Courses: A Roundtable (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
• Writing and Teaching at the Intersection of Chinese History and Literature (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
• History Communication in the Classroom: Disrupting the History Undergrad and Grad Curricula (National History Center, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM)

Friday, January 6

• A Different Kind of Distance: Teaching History through an IVC Broadcast System (8:30 AM-10:00 AM)
• Strategies for Teaching the History of Fashion and Dress (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
• Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement: An Exploration in Civil Rights Pedagogy (Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
• Teaching the US History Survey in a Global Context (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
• Visible and Invisible Disabilities: Creating Inclusive Environments for Students and Faculty (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
• History Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Perspectives from Overseas (3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
• Teaching Book History (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM)

Saturday, January 7

• Free for All: A Discussion of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in US and World History Survey Courses (8:30 AM-10:00 AM)
• Gendering the Great War: A Teaching Roundtable (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
• Making Comparisons: Strategies for Teaching Historical Thinking in the Introductory Survey Classroom (10:30 AM-12:00 PM)
• Teaching the Modern History of Islam and the Islamic World (1:30 PM-3:00 PM)
• Teaching with the National History Center’s Mock Policy Briefing Program (National History Center, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM)
• Teaching and Teaching Materials Committee Meeting: Teaching Latin American History as World History (Conference on Latin American History, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM)

Sunday, January 8

• Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: How Reacting to the Past Games Can Transform Teaching and Learning (8:30 AM-12:30 PM)
• Are We Teaching Political History? (11:00 AM-12:30 PM)
• Digitizing War for the Classroom: Engaging with Digital Resources to Teach Military History (11:00 AM-12:30 PM)
• Incorporating LGBT History into the US Survey: A Roundtable Discussion (11:00 AM-12:30 PM)