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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

Mock Policy Briefing Program coverModeled 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.

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Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

Mexica WarriorsTeaching 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 and Learning in the Digital Age

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