History Gateways

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The American Historical Association (AHA) has received a $1.65 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to partner with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and 11 institutional partners to lead “History Gateways,” an evaluation and substantial revision of introductory college-level history courses to better serve students from all backgrounds and align more effectively with the future needs of a complex society. 

About History Gateways

Upcoming Events

Take a look at History Gateway's upcoming events to support discussions of history curricula across institutions and educational levels. 

We encourage those interested in or involved with History Gateways to participate in the AHA Online Teaching Forum, a series of virtual events, from webinars to workshops, designed to help historians plan for teaching in online and hybrid environments. You can find more details here.

Past Events

  • February 27, 2020 - History Gateways Webinar on Helping Students Learn from Feedback in History Courses

    In this webinar, hosts Dr. Mary Jo Festle and Dr. Peter Felten discussed practical and evidence-informed approaches to providing feedback in ways that will help students learn in history courses. AHA members can view a recording of the webinar here.  

  • April 21, 2020 - History Gateways Webinar: Uncoverage
    This webinar explores what happens when a professor replaces coverage in the introductory course with activities and assignments that uncover crucial heuristics of historical thinking. Lendol Calder will describe the signature pedagogy he uses in introductory history courses to prepare all students to think and act in the world. This webinar is scheduled for April 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET. AHA members can view a recording of the webinar here.  

  • April 23, 2020 - History Gateways Webinar: "The Unwritten Rules of College: Creating Transparent Assignments that Increase History Students' Success Equitably"
    In this webinar, we will review the findings as well as educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning. Then we will analyze sample history assignments together. Participants will leave with a concise set of strategies for designing transparent assignments and class activities in history courses that promote students' success equitably. This webinar will be hosted by Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes (Brandeis Univ.) and is scheduled for April 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM ET. AHA members can view a recording of the webinar here.  

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History Gateways Events & Activities

History Gateways Resources

The AHA has compiled a list of resources for faculty interested in the History Gateways initiative, including recommended readings on teaching introductory history courses, audiovisual resources, and webinar recordings available to AHA members. Click here to see all History Gateways resources.

HG Resources

History Gateways draws on the AHA's Tuning project and the Gardner Institute's Gateways to Completion (G2C) program. Follow the links to learn more about these successful initiatives. 

History Gateways Resources