K-12 Programs

The American Antiquarian Society is committed to helping to improve the ways in which American history and literature are taught and learned in public and private primary and secondary schools. The Society seeks, wherever possible, to join with teachers, school administrators, scholars, and other interested individuals and organizations in developing important and challenging educational initiatives that will have a positive impact in classrooms locally and nationally. The Society can best achieve this goal by concentrating its K-12 efforts on undertakings that place the resources of the AAS library and the subject-area expertise of AAS staff, members, research fellows, and others in the Society's scholarly community at the service of school teachers and administrators in designing new curricula and new ways of teaching history and literature through the use of facsimiles of primary source material in the classroom.


Past Programs Include

Defining Freedom
This collaborative professional development project was presented by the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS), and the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) and was sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (Summer 2009)

Teaching American History
The Society partnered with a number of school systems and educational associations to develop comprehensive teacher training programs under the United States Department of Education's Teaching American History (TAH) initiative.

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