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AHA Online Teacher Institute in World History

AHA Online Teacher Institute in World History

Generously sponsored by OER Project

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July 31–August 4, 2023 

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its involvement in the creation of the C3 Framework, the AHA will convene a weeklong professional development institute via Zoom for K–12 teachers of world history (including dual-enrollment courses).

2023 Teacher Institute: Is Democracy in Crisis?

The five sessions in this week-long program will explore how teachers can channel one of the most pressing questions in global current events to engage students in the world history classroom. Historian Kenneth Pomeranz will lead 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 will focus on providing participants with content knowledge, primary sources, and lessons that can be applied directly topics covered in many state standards for world history from the Neolithic to the present.

Application and Registration Information

The AHA will begin accepting applications for the Teacher Institute on June 1. Log into your MY AHA account at historians.org/myaha and click “Available Application Forms” in the AHA Awards, Grants, and Jobs section. If you don't have an account, create one for free at historians.org/createaccount.

Our program committee will begin reviewing applications on June 15 but will continue to accept submissions until 11:59 p.m. PT on June 29. We encourage you to apply as early as possible; space is limited, and we will accept applicants on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive decision notifications on or before July 3, along with a registration link, and successful applicants will have until July 17 to register and pay a small fee. The fee to participate is $30 for AHA members and $50 for nonmembers. The Teacher Institute will convene from July 31–August 4. Most workshops and events will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. ET.


Participants will join five two-hour sessions in Zoom over five days between July 31 and August 4. Sessions will include: 

  • A public webinar on the global crisis in democracy, also part of the AHA's History Behind the Headlines series bringing together historians with expertise in different regions of the world
  • Scholarly presentations on the state of the field in world history with featured historian Kenneth Pomeranz 
  • Discussions and exercises highlighting primary sources that might be used to illustrate topics covered in many state standards 
  • A hands-on pedagogy workshop tailored specifically to the challenges of the secondary world history classroom
  • Access to free primary and secondary sources, as well as a curated collection of AHA teaching resources related to the theme of the institute
  • The opportunity to interact with historians and build a network of fellow world history teachers 

Participants will be expected to read short primary and secondary sources in advance of individual sessions. For a full agenda of the workshop, please click here

Featured Historians

Bridgette Byrd O'Connor holds a DPhil in history from the University of Oxford and taught the Big History Project and World History Project courses and AP® US government and politics for 10 years at the high-school level. In addition, she's been a freelance writer and editor for the Crash Course World History and US History curricula. Currently, Bridgette is one of the historians and editors driving content for the OER Project.

Nick Dennis is currently Deputy Head at Kellett School, The British International School in Hong Kong. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Schools History Project and a co-presenter of some of the World History Project videos. He is also an author of many teaching resources and articles on teaching history, using technology for learning, school leadership, and diversity and inclusion.

Trevor R. Getz believes history is a creative as well as a critical act, and "does" history in comics, Lego, and documentaries. He is a Professor of African and World History at San Francisco State University and Visiting Professor at Stanford University as well as an editor for the OER Project and curricular consultant for several school districts. Trevor's work focuses on history education-especially in the field of world history-as well as the social history of Africa. He is the author or co-author of eleven volumes, including Abina and the Important Men, which won the 2014 James Harvey Robinson Prize. He is the recipient of the American Historical Association's 2020 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award.

Kenneth Pomeranz is a University Professor of History at the University of Chicago and former president of the American Historical Association. His publications include The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000), which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA and shared the World History Association book prize; The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853–1937 (1993), which also won the Fairbank Prize; and The World that Trade Created (with Steven Topik, 1st ed. 1999, 3rd ed. 2012). He has also edited or co-edited five books, and was one of the founding editors of the Journal of Global History.

Bennett Sherry is one of the historians helping to build the OER Project. He holds a PhD in world history from the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught courses in world history, human rights, and the modern Middle East. Bennett writes about refugees and international organizations in the twentieth century. He lives in Bath, Maine, the City of Ships.


Questions about the Teacher Institute can be emailed to Brendan Gillis, AHA manager of teaching and learning, at bgillis@historians.org.

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OER Project Conference for Social Studies 2023
K-12 history educators may also be interested in this free conference from our sponsor, the OER Project, scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. ET / 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. PT.