What is Teaching Literacy Through History?
Designed and led by Tim Bailey, the 2009 National History Teacher of the Year, Teaching Literacy Through History is an interdisciplinary, professional development program. The program is designed to support students’ ability to think critically, speak and write effectively, build logical and cohesive fact-based arguments, and decipher meaning from texts, especially non-fiction texts, through the study of historical, primary source documents—as outlined by the Common Core State Literacy Standards.
Participants in Gilder Lehrman’s TLTH program have an opportunity to:
- Develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core Literacy Standards and draw connections to it with their current history and literacy curriculum
- Practice a range of teaching methods and classroom exercises, developed and refined by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for over 20 years, using primary source texts and historical documents
- Determine how to select non-fiction and fiction texts that will enrich lessons and deepen students’ understanding of American history
- Take away classroom-tested strategies for improving student core literacy skills, such as critical thinking, close reading, and analysis that can be implemented immediately
What is the program duration?
Our TLTH programs are customizable and based on the needs of each school, district, or state. Programs range from one-day workshops to multi-year partnerships with refresher workshops. TLTH trainings can be delivered on-site or online.
We recommend a minimum of three training sessions, each four to eight weeks apart, in order to fully immerse teachers in Common Core pedagogy and history-content enrichment.
To learn which type of trainings best suit the needs of your school or district, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the outcomes?
The Teaching Literacy Through History pilot program received overwhelmingly positive results with 100% of the teachers reporting the program improved their reading instruction and 97% reporting the program improved their writing instruction. Similar numbers were also reported on whether teachers saw an improvement in their students’ reading and writing skills.
How much does the program cost?
We are dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of American history in K–12 education and continuously seek out grants to support our professional development programs. Pricing is dependent on the scope of the program requested by the school or district and the existence of grants that can be applied to the TLTH program.
Program fees cover the expense of Gilder Lehrman’s instructor time, travel, site location, and materials. Program fees do not cover cost of substitute teachers at a school or district. Please contact us directly to discuss pricing further.
Is Gilder Lehrman shifting focus to literacy/ELA education? Will the Institute still focus on history education?
The Gilder Lehrman Institute focuses on improving teaching and learning of American history through all avenues. Our current Teaching Literacy Through History program is interdisciplinary and is targeted at helping educators prepare for the Common Core emphasis on close reading of primary sources in American history. The program is focused on using historical documents and texts as the basis for developing students’ literacy skills.
Does Gilder Lehrman offer any additional Common Core professional development and resources?
Yes. We provide additional training support for teachers. All on-site trainings are given by top experts in both the Common Core State Standards and US history.
- Teacher Seminars
Select from among forty one-week intensive courses on important topics and themes in history, civics, and English language arts. Led by historians and featuring Common Core pedagogy training with a master teacher.
Online resources include:
- Teaching Literacy Through History Lesson Plans (Free)
We provide free online lesson plans based on key historical documents that are appropriate for elementary and secondary educators in English language arts and history.
Where can I learn more about the Common Core?
We believe in helping schools and districts reach higher standards. Please view additional Common Core resources from around the web below:
I am not interested in the Common Core. Does Gilder Lehrman offer any other professional development and resources?
Yes. All Gilder Lehrman professional development can be tailored to fit your needs to improve history education. We can modify all trainings and seminars to incorporate content, pedagogy, and materials that support the current goals of your school or district. Please contact us at email@example.com and let us know your areas of interest.