Teaching American History Grant Brought 34 to Columbia University

Posted by Community Relations Department on 8/8/2013

The District's federal Teaching American History (TAH) Grant brought 34 participants to a field study at Columbia University during the week of June 3-9. Professor Kenneth Jackson, author of The Encyclopedia of New York City, led teachers through streets, monuments and museums as they studied the urban and immigrant history of New York. They visited five museums, the 9/11 Memorial, and dozens of historic sites throughout Manhattan. They also saw Tom Hanks in "Lucky Guy," a play about muckraking journalist Mike McAlary.

 

 

On the final day of the trip, the group travelled up the Hudson River to the Vanderbilt Mansion and to Hyde Park, the home and Presidential Library of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 

 

 “In my 12 years as an educator, nothing has come close to this experience.  It has increased my depth of knowledge and created a professional learning community second-to-none.  We share and create authentic lessons that make history come alive to my students,” wrote one teacher in evaluating the program.

 

 

 Syd Golston is the Teaching American History Grant Director.