Teaching & Learning

The AHA's broad-based teaching mission includes making resources available to educators at all levels and at public history venues, introducing and integrating historians into the discipline, providing ongoing education for historians at every stage of their careers—through topical and professional sessions at the annual meeting, and by way of both innovative web resources and distinguished print publications.

Historians are equally concerned with learning—their own ongoing research and other activities that expand their mission to bring history into public life. The AHA provides resources to historians in all fields and career paths, and advocates for the profession as a whole.

NEW! - Future of the African American Past Video Resources

Future of the African American Past conference logo

On May 19-21, 2016, the AHA and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) co-hosted the groundbreaking conference The Future of the African American Past. Video segments and reference material from each of the nine conference sessions are now available in AHA's online collection of teaching resources, and can be used to guide teaching and learning on a wide breadth of topics in African American history.

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Teaching Resources

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. The AHA has developed resources for classroom teaching through the years, and the AHA Teaching Division is actively working on advancing conversations about teaching history. Find resources for use in your own teaching in our new Teaching Resources section, recently redesigned for greater easy of use.

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The Decision to Secede and Establish the Confederacy: A Selection of Primary Sources

The American Historical Association encourages continued public debate about monuments to Confederate leaders and about the public spaces and buildings named after those individuals, as well as the role of Confederate flags in public culture. Historians’ recent experiences in media interviews have suggested that too few participants in these conversations have read the essential primary sources that clearly articulate the reasons for secession and the establishment of a new nation. This page links to a limited set of documents with a singular focus: why did state governments decide to secede and form a new nation?

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AHA Tuning History Discipline Core

History Tuning Core

The following document represents the AHA Tuning Project's effort to describe the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that students develop in history courses and degree programs. We have revised it since the first version was offered last fall. We articulate the ways history supports an educated workforce and citizenry and demonstrate that its value goes far beyond narrow professional training. Because we believe that any discussion of teaching and learning history must be faculty-driven, we have used the expertise of history faculty from nearly 70 different institutions to draft, debate, and revise our ideas. Grounded in the excellent work already done by the AHA and scholars of teaching and learning, we developed this set of core competencies and examples of specific ways students might demonstrate their competence. 

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