Thank you for providing our group with an excellent tour of Gettysburg. Many teachers have written me and told me how much they enjoyed the tours.
Attached is the proof...all smiling faces!!
Hopefully we will have the good fortune of having you as our site coordinator in the future.
I envisioned one idea about how the early settlements looked and it was somewhat different than what we toured. Excellent! Long walk but worth every step! The guide for the Freedom Trail was outstanding! Visiting these sites provided a more visual aspect for teaching about the Revolution. Excellent!, A lot of planning went into this trip.
Excellent! I loved Steve Missal and Friends. It was a great way to begin the day. I liked the music in history. It has stimulated my interest and I’m looking forward to applying what I saw and heard.
History through song was amazing. Dr. Kersch was terrific, he showed how the information we have been learning can be applied to current day events. His question and answer method of instruction really made you think.
Dr. Kevin Brady provided a geographical image of the push and pull factors of slavery. In doing so, he promoted a casual relationship between landforms and decisions pertaining to commerce. Dr. Kevin Brady brings history to life.
Everything was informative and useful. The information deepened my content knowledge and the techniques updated my teacher palette.
I enjoyed his imaginative and creativity. He inspired a “Hero” project within our school.
The Benjamin Franklin Liberty Fellowship in Dubuque, IA just completed its first week- long summer institute. Participants gave the program unanimous approval as a learning experience they would recommend to their colleagues.
Here are just a few of the comments teachers made.
“Wow, great to get knowledge and great models of top level teaching. I really felt challenged and I am now more confident in my understanding of this subject.”
“Great, I was impressed with the content and the strategies. Passion, skills, ideas to challenge thinking — what more could you ask for?”
We want to thank the American Institute for History Education and Dr. Kevin Brady for bringing in an exceptional group of educators to conduct our summer institute. I was often asked by participants when next year's summer program would be held so that arrangements could be made to be there. The Teaching American History Grant is making a difference for the teachers here in Iowa.
I am writing to convey my thanks to AIHE for their involvement in the TAH grants. Their organization and expertise, coupled with their staff, allowed me to experience the most beneficial workshop I have attended for teaching American History. I am currently teaching U.S. History for the twenty-ninth consecutive year and I have not found a great deal of support for this curriculum area. Math, science, and special needs appear to receive the lion's share of funding for teachers to attend workshops and conferences that will benefit them as teachers, and that will benefit their students. History has almost always been left out of the process.
AIHE appears to be a perfect fit for the TAH grants as they have individuals with the background and expertise to move the teaching of American history forward. Their staff has been the leader in this field of history education in the country and they are ahead of anyone else I have heard of in this movement. AIHE should be the vehicle we use to advance the Teaching of American History.
As Project Director for the Woodrow Wilson Liberty Fellowship, Trenton, NJ, I could not be more pleased with the quality of professional development provided by the American Institute for History Education. We are in the seconded year of our US Department of Education Teaching American History Grant, and our teachers rave about the program. The fact that all but one of our teachers enthusiastically returned for Year Two of our grant is further testimony to the quality of AIHE. Without exception, the AIHE presenters are leaders in their respective fields of scholarship, and they deliver the highest quality of instruction. Not only did AIHE provide first rate colloquia, but the field trips to Valley Forge, Historic Philadelphia, and the National Constitution Center were memorable learning experiences. The professional development in traditional American History provided by AIHE is "as good as it gets" for history teachers. We look forward to the subsequent years of our grant with great anticipation.