09/15/2017 - 15:53

Explore our newest lesson plans that feature documents from the Library of Congress:

08/08/2017 - 13:38

Here's a complete list of the new, revamped, or translated lessons and assessments that we've published since the last school year started (fall 2016):

08/08/2017 - 13:26

A big thank you to the forty-five teachers from across the country and around the world who attended SHEG's professional development workshop “Core Practices for Inquiry-Based History Teaching” at the Stanford Teaching Festival! We appreciated the expertise and enthusiasm you brought each day to the course.

07/13/2017 - 08:23

Looking for Mexican American history curricular materials? Explore our newest lessons and assessments!

In the first new lesson, students read historical documents to investigate the position of Mexicans in the U.S. in the 1920s: https://sheg.stanford.edu/mexicans-us-1920s

07/13/2017 - 08:14

For those who have asked about more recent history materials, we've recently posted three new lesson plans on late 20th-century and early 21st-century topics.

Our Reaganomics lesson plan is a Structured Academic Controversy. Students use evidence from five historical documents to build arguments on whether the economic policies of President Reagan were good for the United States: https://sheg.stanford.edu/reaganomics

07/13/2017 - 08:03

The Knight Foundation has selected SHEG to receive a grant aimed at improving the flow of accurate information. As part of this initiative, we will create professional development resources for teachers to become better consumers of digital content and classroom-ready materials that teachers can use to help students find and assess information online.

11/02/2016 - 11:17

Read about our new research on civic online reasoning in Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew's op-ed, "Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth," out now in Education Week: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/02/why-students-cant-google-their-way-to.html.

09/30/2016 - 11:40

SHEG alum and MSU Professor Maribel Santiago has a new article in the journal Theory & Research in Social Education. "Erasing Differences for the Sake of Inclusion: How Mexican/Mexican American Students Construct Historical Narratives" presents her research on on how students understand the court case Mendez v. Westminster: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00933104.2016.1211971.

08/08/2016 - 11:30

Forty-five teachers from across the country and around the world attended SHEG's professional development workshop “Core Practices for Inquiry-Based History Teaching” at the Stanford Teaching Festival. Stay tuned for next year’s dates. This year spaces filled up within a few hours of registration opening, so we encourage you to act quickly to secure a spot in next summer's workshop.

08/08/2016 - 11:20

The Library of Congress has selected SHEG to receive a Teaching with Primary Sources grant. As part of this initiative, we will develop new history lessons and assessments, as well as online civic reasoning lessons, featuring documents from the Library's vast archives. Read more here.

06/17/2016 - 12:54

Congratulations to SHEG's Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, Brad Fogo, who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Education at San Francisco State!

05/04/2016 - 08:47

Our historical thinking classroom posters are now available to download in Spanish! We thank all of our colleagues who helped us with the translations.

12/04/2015 - 13:59

Congratulations to SHEG alum Eric Shed, who joins the Harvard Graduate School of Education faculty! Read more about Shed's appointment here.

12/04/2015 - 13:26

The Stanford History Education has embarked on new research to develop civic reasoning assessments. Read more about our project here.

12/04/2015 - 12:55

SHEG alum Jolie Matthews's article "Historical Inquiry in an Informal Fan Community: Online Source Usage and the TV Show The Tudors" appears in the new issue of the Journal of the Learning Sciences. Read her article on historical learning in online communities here.

NCSS 2015
10/15/2015 - 14:48

SHEG staff members Joel Breakstone and Brad Fogo will present with LAUSD's Elaina Garza and Kieley Jackson at the NCSS Annual Conference on Friday, November 13th, from 4:25pm to 5:15pm. In their session, Bridging the Divide: Lessons from a School District/University Partnership, participants will explore curricular materials and professional development tools created by Los Angeles Unified School District and the Stanford History Education Group to support the integration of disciplinary literacy into history classrooms.

10/13/2015 - 08:33

SHEG staff member Brad Fogo will present with LAUSD's Kieley Jackson and Elaina Garza at the session "Bridging the Divide: Lessons from a school district-university partnership to support inquiry-based history education" at the Teaching the Past for Tomorrow Conference on the Future of History Education, organized by the California History-Social Science Project. Learn more at http://chssp.ucdavis.edu/conference.

08/28/2015 - 11:29

Fifty teachers, some from as far away as Australia, attended SHEG's professional development workshop “Core Practices for Inquiry-Based History Teaching” from July 7 to 10. Stay tuned for next year’s dates. This year spaces filled up within 48 hours of registration opening, so we encourage you to act quickly to secure a spot.

08/06/2015 - 09:30

SHEG's Director of Curriculum Development, Brad Fogo, has a new article out in Teaching and Teacher Education. In "Mentoring novices' teaching of historical reasoning: Opportunities for pedagogical content knowledge development through mentor-facilitated practice," Fogo and Betty Achinstein address how mentoring can support new teachers in teaching historical reasoning.

08/05/2015 - 16:09

SHEG alum Abby Reisman was selected as a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Her project Practice-Based Coaching and Professional Development: Supporting Teacher Facilitation of Whole-Class Text-Based History Discussion explores the effects of practice-based professional development and coaching on teacher facilitation of whole-class text-based discussion in history. To learn more, go to http://www.naeducation.org/NAED_166282.htm#Reisman.

03/24/2015 - 10:38

Congratulations to Sam Wineburg! SHEG's executive director and founder was recently elected to the National Academy of Education. Click here for more information. 

Link: https://ed.stanford.edu/news/wineburg-elected-national-academy-education

02/26/2015 - 13:01

Join SHEG staff members July 7-10 for a professional development workshop on core practices for inquiry-based history teaching. Registration opens February 27. Click here for more information. 

Link: https://cset.stanford.edu/programs/ssti

02/03/2015 - 14:00

LAUSD has put together a great overview of what California Content Standards and Common Core State Standards align with our History Assessments of Thinking and Reading Like a Historian lessons. We encourage you to check them out!

12/02/2014 - 12:37

A new article by the Stanford Report covers SHEG's collaboration with L.A. Unified. It explores the Reading Like a Historian curriculum, L.A. teachers' professional development with SHEG staff, and students' reception of the materials and approach. You can read the full article here.

11/26/2014 - 11:50

The LA Times reports on L.A. Unified's adoption of the Reading Like a Historian curriculum. The article discusses RLH's departure from traditional, textbook-based history curricula and shares teacher and student responses to its novel approach. You can read the full article here.

08/13/2014 - 11:54

Congratulations to our director, Joel Breakstone, for winning the Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award! The Metcalf is the highest award for PhD dissertations given by the National Council of the Social Studies. He joins former SHEG staff winners Chauncey Monte-Sano and Abby Reisman. Read more about Joel's research and winning the award here.

07/29/2014 - 16:26

SHEG affiliate Chauncey Monte-Sano has a new article in the Journal of Curriculum Studies: "Implementing a Disciplinary-Literacy for US History: Learning from Expert Middle School Teachers in Diverse Classrooms." Click here for more information. 

07/09/2014 - 16:45

Brad Fogo, SHEG's director of curriculum development, has a new article in the latest issue of Theory and Research in Social Education: "Core Practices for Teaching History: The Results of a Delphi Panel." Click here for more information. 

03/12/2014 - 15:42

Join SHEG staff members July 15-18 for a professional development workshop on teaching historical literacy and the Common Core. Registration opens March 15. Click here for more information. 

Link: https://cset.stanford.edu/programs/ssti

02/25/2014 - 14:14

SHEG's Abby Reisman, one of the founders of the Reading Like a Historian approach, accepts position as Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations Abby!

12/12/2013 - 17:05

In his new article out in Education Week, Sam Wineburg encourages district administrators preparing for Common Core State Standards to use a valuable resource right in front of their eyes -- history class. Read the article here.

11/20/2013 - 16:59

Read Sam Wineburg's new blog post, "Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time" on Edutopia.

11/20/2013 - 16:55

SHEG provided professional development to history teachers in Auburn, California. Read about the workshop here.

11/20/2013 - 15:38

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies identifies Reading Like a Historian and Beyond the Bubble as resources that support instructional shifts to meet Common Core.

Link: Instructional Shifts for the Social Studies

07/01/2013 - 14:54

Reading Like a Historian is featured in a new Education Week article on history education in a STEM-focused world. Read it here.

05/09/2013 - 16:13

The Kentucky State Department of Education features Reading Like a Historian in its Social Studies Newsletter. Check it out here.

05/03/2013 - 16:15

The newest issue of the Stanford Magazine is out, and SHEG is the cover story.  The article discusses the popularity of the Reading Like a Historian curriculum and describes how graduates of the Stanford Teacher Education Program are implementing it in their classrooms.  We hope you'll check it out here.

04/23/2013 - 12:35

The Indiana Department of Education has listed Beyond the Bubble as a Common Core resource for social studies education.

Link: doe.in.gov//achievement/curriculum/social-studies-education

04/22/2013 - 14:44

Fast Company magazine says Reading Like a Historian "redesigns the way history is taught, giving students diverse and often contradictory information," through which "we help students learn how to look at the world with different frames of reference."  You can read the article, "How Reframing a Problem Unlocks Innovation," here.

03/29/2013 - 10:49

We hope you'll check out the February issue of Phi Delta Kappan, where you'll find "Beyond the bubble in history/social studies assessments," an article by SHEG staff about our assessment work.

03/29/2013 - 10:37

Congratulations to Maribel Santiago! Her article "Teaching a New Chapter of History" appears in the March edition of Phi Delta Kappan.  Find out more here.

03/04/2013 - 17:16

We hope to see you at the California Council of the Social Studies Annual Conference on March 9th, where Joel Breakstone will present "Beyond the Bubble: Stanford University's New Assessments of Historical Thinking" at 2:45pm. For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.ccss.org/2013_conference.

02/26/2013 - 14:47

The "Teaching Channel Presents" episode on Reading Like a Historian that aired on public television stations is now available online at the Teaching Channel website. 

Link: "The Teaching Channel Presents" Reading Like a Historian

01/18/2013 - 13:24

Kenneth Pomeranz, president of the American Historical Association, addresses historical ways of reading in his article "Not by Numbers Alone" in this month's issue of Perspectives on History. Pomeranz points to the work of Sam Wineburg in explaining the importance of historical reading skills. 

01/16/2013 - 10:38

Congratulations to Abby Reisman! Her article, "The Document Based Lesson," was awarded the William and Edwyna Gilbert Award by the American Historical Association for the "best article on teaching history."  The article reports results from Reisman's study of the effects of the Reading Like a Historian curriculum on student learning at five San Francisco High Schools.

10/31/2012 - 15:18

Education Week spotlights the Reading Like a Historian Curriculum in its article "History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy." As educators adapt their teaching to meet the Common Core State Standards many are turning to SHEG's document-based curriculum.  As our curriculum developer Abby Reisman puts it, "Literacy skills: got that.

10/31/2012 - 14:59

We invite you to check out what Dianne Ravitch, History News Network, Education Week, History Tech, and Emerging America are saying about Beyond the Bubble. This new site unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create a new generation of history assessments and provides teachers with dozens of HATs, or History Assessments of Thinking.

10/22/2012 - 15:28

A big thank you to the American Historical Association for awarding Reading Like a Historian: Teaching Literacy in Middle and High School History Classrooms by Sam Wineburg, Daisy Martin, and Chauncey Monte-Sano this year's James Harvey Robinson Prize for the teaching innovation that has made "the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes."

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