Teaching American History: West Contra Costa Unified School District: 2010-21014

http: wccusdtah.org

WCCUSD TAH provides intensive professional development to enhance teachers' content knowledge, teaching skills and understanding of traditional American for 5th, 8th and 11th grade teachers. The program includes intensive summer institutes and a Historian Lecture Series during the school year.


  • Lectures and lesson study with university professors
  • Workshops throughout each year
  • Intensive Summer Institutes to build collaboration, curriculum and sustainability
  • Teachers will have the option to earn and M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Teaching American History through Sonoma State University
  • Content aligned to California Standards in History/Social Science

Cohort 1

Over three years, lessons will give attention to the role of California and the West in major historical developments. Teachers will learn to use primary source documents and maps to illustrate history, engage students, and provide tools to better comprehend the past. They will learn to incorporate local history, oral history and material culture into history lessons. Field trips to local archives and museums will offer teachers resources to bring history alive. Finally, lessons will combine a comprehensive examination of American politics, economic history, and international relations with an appreciation of the roles that individual Americans of many background have played in the nation's struggles and achievements.

  • Field Trips
    • National Archives, San Bruno
    • Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park
    • Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia

Cohort 2

This cohort will begin in the spring of 2013. The program will advance thematically and chronologically through the traditional topics of 5th grade California standards for U.S. History. The program is divided into three parts: American Frontiers, Colonial Communities and Institutions and Creation of the American Republic.

  • Field Trips
    • Richmond Museum of History, Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park, Angel Island and San Francisco's Maritime Park: The Balclutha