Q&A with Noralee Frankel, American Historical Association. (Curriculum Update: The Latest Developments in Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies)

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Q: What types of collaborations are you seeing between districts and other institutions?

A: Collaborations in history are often between K-12 and post-secondary history teachers to further professional development [They] may also involve historical organizations, including museums and archives.

Given new state standards, teachers may need additional knowledge in ... world history. [They] also want to be introduced to newer historical interpretations on topics such as the Civil War. How best to make use of primary sources [is another area of interest].

Collaboration sometimes involves seminars for K-12 teachers with faculty or museum staff, during the summer or on [some] weekends during the year. [These] are less "one-shot" professional development days than real partnerships [that take place] over time.

The most important development on collaborations between schools and historians is the Teaching American History grants from the U.S. Department of Education.... In 2002, $100 million was available and the Department of Education plans to fired at least 120 collaborations [over five years. Districts] must apply in partnership with institutions of higher education, non-profit history or humanities organizations, libraries or museums. (See www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/TAH/).

Q: How might a school/district approach a history institution about a partnership?

A: Consider [your] pedagogical and intellectual needs [first].... Once these interests have been identified, learn about expert/se of the local history faculty through college Web sites or course catalogues. …