Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government


Teaching American History

Teaching American History

Ashbrook proposes to transform the way American history and civics are taught in America’s classrooms by reaching and empowering the nation’s 125,000 American History and Civics teachers.

The Problem:

America is losing its memory. As a nation, we are doing a poor job of teaching students about our history and our unique form of constitutional self-government. We are failing to educate the next generation of informed citizens. The problem is not our teachers, but how our teachers are trained. Teachers spend too much time learning how to teach and not enough time learning what to teach. Without a major change in how teachers are taught, we will raise yet another generation of students who do no understand what it means to be an American.

What is an Ashbrook Teacher?

An Ashbrook Teacher has the knowledge to cut the tether to boring and biased textbooks and engage students with primary source documents. Studying the words of the past breaks through current conceptions and preoccupations, allowing students to understand the past as those who lived it understood it. Ashbrook Teachers offer their students an indispensable path to understanding and affirming the principles of freedom and equality essential to being an American.

Why Ashbrook is Positioned to Solve This Problem:

Ashbrook is the only organization in the country that is positioned to take on this critical national challenge. Thousands of teachers, representing all 50 states, have participated in Ashbrook’s residential and online courses, webinars, professional development programs, and seminars at historic sites.

Ashbrook’s Plan:

Ashbrook’s plan is to transform how American history, government, and civics is taught in classrooms. Ashbrook proposes to educate thousands of teachers to teach using primary source documents. To accomplish this, Ashbrook will offer teachers programs that will provide the kind of sustained education necessary to change how American history is taught in classrooms across our country:

  • Online Resources on
  • Ashbrook Weekend Colloquia on American History and Government
  • Ashbrook Seminars on American History and Government
  • Ashbrook Webinars on American History and Government
  • Online Master of Arts in American History and Government
  • Residential Master of Arts in American History and Government

Current Programs:

Ashbrook is currently offering teachers in all 50 states online resources and programs as well as conducting teacher programs on the ground in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington, DC
  • Wisconsin