About Teaching American History

The Education Cooperative was awarded three separate Teaching American History grants. All of these programs sought to  increase American history content knowledge among teachers and improve student achievement. In addition, the projects aimed to develop a cadre of highly skilled and motivated teachers who would work together to share the knowledge and skills they acquired through participation in the TAH program with their colleagues in their schools and districts.


Each of these programs offered graduate courses that introduced new perspectives to the teaching of American history. Teachers received the following for participation in these programs:

  •  stipends upon successful completion of the program
  • 135 History and Social Science PDPs
  •  teaching materials
  • The opportunity to engage with historic sites, archives and leading history scholars
  • the option to take courses for graduate credits from Framingham State University or UMass Boston
  • Courses to incorporate technology and primary sources in the classroom

Below is an overview of these 3 programs.


The Idea of Freedom: Three Centuries of Struggles for Human Rights

Awarded 2010-2014

This program's overarching focus is to examine how America's founding documents define freedom and democracy and trace these ideals and the lived realities for different groups of Americans over 300 years, from the Bill of Rights to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and beyond.

Partners: Suffolk University, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Massachusetts Historical Society, and John Adams National Historical Park

Change and Reform in American Life

Awarded 2008-2014

Courses looked at trends and events of national significance, originating in New England. Teachers examined the history of  immigration, culimating in a week-long study tour to New York city, industrialization, civics and government. 

Partners: UMass Boston, the American Antiquariun Society, Tsongas Industrial History Center, Old Sturbridge Village, Plimoth Plantation

Walking in the Footsteps of Legends and Ordinary Folk: Boston as Backdrop and Battleground

Awarded 2005 - 2008

Courses examined events in Boston leading up to and during the American Revolution. Participants learned and explored primary sources related to the work of Paul Revere and his contemporaries, learned about the past through legends and ordinary people, and studied economic, social, and political life in rural New England in the early part of the century following the American Revolution.  

Partners:   UMass Boston, the Freedom Trail Foundation, Old Sturbridge Village, the Old South Meeting House,the Paul Revere House and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.