The Ashbrook Center began an outreach to teachers of American history and government in 1989. Since then, we have grown into one of the nation’s leading providers of content and training for teachers of American history and government, offering teachers an unmatched range of professional development resources. Together, these efforts provide teachers with the skills and materials they need to develop the next generation civic-minded leaders America needs to preserve liberty.
Ashbrook’s TeachingAmericanHistory.org website offers teachers, at no cost, an extensive and growing library primary source documents (currently near 2,500 documents) related to American history and government. The website also contains special exhibits on the Constitutional Convention, Ratification Debates, and Bill of Rights, designed in conjunction with a leading scholar, to assist teachers in teaching these materials in a way that interests and engages their students. At TeachingAmericanHistory.org, teachers can also learn about and register for the free professional development opportunities Ashbrook offers.
Once monthly during the school year, Ashbrook offers Live Online Saturday Seminars. Using the rich, interactive WebEx web conference platform, teachers from across the nation are connected with leading historians and political scientists in a live online classroom. Without leaving home, Ashbrook’s seminars make it possible for teachers to discuss important themes and ideas in American history with a scholarly expert, broadening their knowledge of the content, and enhancing their ability to teach their students in a compelling way.
Ashbrook also partners with Liberty Fund to offer weekend colloquia at important historic sites. Small groups of teachers (up to 18) gather at or around places like George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, or Boston’s Freedom Trail, among many others, for in-depth discussions about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, and about how to bring the next generation of citizens into an ongoing American conversation about self-government.
Finally, through our unique Master of Arts in American History and Government and our Live Online Graduate Courses, Ashbrook offers American history and government teachers the broadest and deepest training available anywhere. Supplementing traditional teacher training programs that focus on educational theory, Ashbrook’s graduate educational opportunities make it possible for teachers to learn from some of the leading history and government scholars in the country. Ashbrook has created a national university with unrivaled capacity for deepening teachers’ understanding and appreciation of America.
Through the Ashbrook Center’s programs, secondary school teachers have the opportunity to:
- Deepen their understanding of America’s founding principles and become better equipped to teach their students about America,
- Earn a Master’s degree through the Master of Arts in American History and Government (MAHG) program, the only program of its kind in the nation,
- Become experts in teaching from original historical documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and
- Study with the finest historians and political scientists from colleges and universities around the country.