The American Historical Association has a long-standing commitment to teaching and history education at all levels, and supports teaching in a wide variety of ways. At the annual meeting, the AHA and its affiliates sponsor many sessions on teaching. The AHA also offers a number of prizes and awards, and supports the good work of National History Day.
The AHA has developed several resources for classroom teaching through the years. From Sixteen Months to Sumter, collecting editorials before and at the start of the Civil War, to Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age, an early guide to using digital methods in teaching, to Resources on K-16 Teaching, history teachers at all levels can find content and guidance on this important aspect of the profession.
Mock Policy Briefing Program
Modeled on the National History Center's Congressional Briefings by Historians program, the Mock Policy Briefing Program provides a guide to enable educators and students to craft public briefings on the historical background of policy questions facing local or state leaders. The guide includes an overview, learning outcomes, sample assignments, and practical tips on organizing public briefings.
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Reconceptualizing the Introductory Survey Course, a 2004 project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, offers historians models for how to use digitized primary sources in survey courses in World History and the History of the Americas. Lesson plans include The Conquest of Mexico by Nancy Fitch; Teaching Difficult Legal or Political Concepts by Sue Patrick; Through the Lens of History: Biafra, Nigeria, the West and the World by David Trask; and Creation Stories and Epics by William Jones.
Teaching WWI History through Food
This site provides links to four (a fifth is forthcoming) videos that explore the history of World War One through food. The site is intended as a teaching resource to deepen students' knowledge and understanding of Americans' experience of World War One and to offer history teachers materials for their classroom use.
Sixteen Months to Sumter
This site provides access to over 1,000 newspaper editorials detailing the shifting tides of emotion and opinion in the 16 months leading to Southern secession and the American Civil War. The site is intended primarily as a teaching resource, to enrich students' exploration and understanding of the period and assist history teachers by expanding the available primary sources.