Teaching American History Grant Sends Teachers to Taliesin West

Posted by Community Relations Department on 10/10/2012

Thirty of the PUHSD teachers who participate in the Teaching American History Grant from the U.S. Department of Education spent the day at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in north Scottsdale, September 15.   A tour of the landmarked site was led by Shawn Rorke-Davis, education director there, who grew up at Taliesin West as the daughter of Wright’s personal physician. The teachers then received an intensive day of Kagan Cooperative Learning training. 


Last June, the teachers’ annual field study was a bus tour through northern New Mexico (Acoma, Taos, and Laguna pueblos, Santa Fe and Pecos National Monuments) and northern Arizona (Four Corners, Hubbell Trading Post, Flagstaff, Prescott, and Jerome).   District American History teachers are participating in the three-year course of study, entitled Colonial to Centennial: American & Arizona History (C2C), that introduces content instruction and materials that integrate the colonial and territorial history of the Southwest, and especially of Arizona, with the typical scope and sequence in U.S. History courses.