About the Project > Particpant Applications Cohort I

Why Apply ?
Excerpts from Participant Applications - 2001- 2002

New Teachers
  • This opportunity to be a part of the Teaching American History Grant comes at a perfect time in my teaching career. After being at {....} for two years, I now know that I have so much to learn. I am ready to concentrate on curriculum development, because my classroom management is getting under control&I would really like to be a part of this grant, because I believe that the constitution is threaded throughout history, and I would enjoy collaborating on this idea with other teachers& - 8th grade teacher

  • As a first year History teacher I still have a good deal to learn about the art of teaching history. Although I am currently enrolled in a Masters/Credentialing program none of my training thus far has explicitly addressed History. By attending this series of workshops I hope to learn strategies to help make history more engaging and meaningful for my students. - 8th grade teacher

  • I am a first year teacher. My enthusiasm is through the roof. With proper guidance, direction, and focus I am confident that my input and energy will be well placed in this project. Just in the short amount of time that I've been in the district, I have engaged my students in history projects that have drawn them out in ways I could only hope& Themes of liberty, equality, and justice in American History are the crux of democracy. I have found that when students are properly engaged the visionary within is ignited. I want to be instrumental in bringing that forward. I trust that this project is an excellent format to do that. These are just a few of the reason why I want to be a part of the project -8th grade teacher

  • I am a first year teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. The program offers me the opportunity to interact with and learn from my colleagues all over the district and across grade levels who have had more experience teaching American History. I see this program as an opportunity to connect with these colleagues and gain invaluable information that only experience can bring. Secondly, the questions that the program poses are ones that I have been asking not only in my teaching but also in my own learning. What I have struggled with has been how to bring this same inquiry into my classroom and into my students' learning experience. I majored in History for my Bachelor's degree, but it is a far different thing to teach it. This program is a professional development that meets the needs that I currently have as a teacher. -8th grade teacher
  • I look forward to having an opportunity of working collaboratively with other teachers and scholars. I would like to share instructional strategies that others and I have found successful. - 8th grade teacher

  • I would love to be a part of this American History project. As a fifth grade social studies teacher, I am constantly struggling with ways to make history relevant and interesting to my students. Acquiring a deeper understanding of American history for myself would certainly help me in my quest. Working with other grade level teachers is appealing to me, as I have virtually no contact with middle or high schoolteachers. -5th grade teacher

  • With the emphasis being on the teaching of Reading and Language Arts at the elementary level, there's very little time left for the teaching of Social Studies. With time being our greatest enemy, it is necessary that I have it to align the two programs, so that our History and Social Studies standards can be met. We should not have to sacrifice one area for another. History and Social Studies is reading and language arts.-5th grade teacher

  • As child it was torture for me to memorize events matching dates and names in history lessons. As a new teacher I always reflect on and compare my own learning experience with my teaching. I do not want my students to have similar learning experiences... One way to improve my teaching is to observe other teachers lessons...to collaborate with other participants in sharing their strategies in teaching history lessons.- 5th grade teacher

  • As a fifth grade social studies teacher, I am constantly struggling with ways to make history relevant and interesting to my students. Acquiring a deeper understanding of American History for myself would certainly help my quest. Working with other grade level teachers is appealing to me, as I have virtually no contact with middle or high school teachers.- 5th grade teacher

  • Beyond intellectual preparation and interest, I think there are other compelling reasons for me to be involved in this project. First, I would genuinely enjoy working with other Oakland teacher in a collaborative effort to understand democratic theory and practice in America. - 8th grade teacher
  • I had the opportunity, thanks to the District and the Bectel foundation the Colonial Williamsburg program in Williamsburg, Virginia. To see the place where the ideas that founded this country were created was to say the least humbling. After an intense week training I left Virginia and arrived in Oakland with a deeper love for history that I ever had. However, I also returned with more questions about history and education that I never even dreamed to consider. This is the reason why I would like to participate in this program. What new things can I find on the never-ending discovery of American history and make it accessible to my students? How can it become (history), alive and meaningful? These are goals that I see these program addressing. I have worked at the Bancroft Library and I'm somewhat familiar with their collections and this also fascinates me. With the resources of the library, I see instruction of history in Oakland entering a new era. . -5th grade teacher

  • We both went to the Williamsburg Institute this summer and currently are developing lessons integrating the history and science of the Colonial Period. Beyond assigning research projects and completing science experiments in class, we want to develop our students historical thinking and inquiry strategies. -5th grade teachers
  • I would like to take part in the program so I can become a better teacher of history. I want my students to understand the relationship between historical understanding and effective citizenship and how this understanding may promote positive social change.-8th grade teacher

  • I think that by participating in this project, I could deepen my own knowledge base in American history, as well as my students&I can also offer the group a perspective of being both a U.S. History and American Literature instructor, at a small school.- 11th grade teacher

  • I am ready to delve deep into the meaning of democracy and to take my students along with me. I know how to present dates, and critical thinking, but the issue of democracy can be a focus that would tie the whole year together.- 8th grade teacher

  • I am very interested in the connection between historical movements for Justice and equality and current social justice movements. If I leave your program with strategies for communicating the importance of this connection to my
    students including its relevance to their lives and communities I would consider it a very worthwhile endeavor. - 8th grade teacher

  • Themes of liberty, equality, and justice in American history are the crux of democracy. I have found that when students are properly engaged the visionary is ignited. I want to be instrumental in bringing that forward.-8th grade teacher

  • DeToquevilles ghost has been haunting me for some years now.
    - 11th grade teacher